Obstacle races and mud runs like the Warrior Dash and the Tough Mudder are becoming increasingly popular. And for good reason: they’re challenging and a ton a fun.

AoM reader Devon Anderson is starting a new obstacle race with a great twist. Anderson did the Tough Guy Challenge in Wolverhampton, England three times and worked as a facilitator at a ropes course while in high school, and he got the inspiration to combine those two experiences together. The result is the Cahoots Duo Challenge. The Cahoots Duo Challenge is a race series where you and a friend combine wits, strength, strategy, and stamina to negotiate a barrage of nearly two dozen unique obstacles and challenges. All Cahoots courses have been specifically and creatively designed to prove the resolve and test the limits of even the toughest of twosomes. You’ll carry, push, pull and roll one another over and through a variety of perils and hazards. You’ll swing over energy sapping bogs on the Siamese Trapeze, build precarious bridges, and scale 10′ walls. You’ll have to rely on each other, trust each other, and work together or you can’t progress through the course. Basically, it’s an obstacle course that’s specifically designed to be done as a pair.

I think it’s an awesome idea!

The first three Cahoots events are scheduled for the following times and places:

  • Phoenix, AZ, Saturday April 28, 2012
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday August 11, 2012
  • Dallas, Texas, Saturday October 27, 2012

Cahoots is giving away two free registrations (for you and your partner) for each location. To enter to win, leave a comment telling us 1) Which race location you’ll enter if you win, and 2) The location closest to you where you’d like to see a Cahoots race come next.

Cahoots will be expanding across the country, so follow them on Facebook to get the latest event venue updates.

 

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You’ve very likely seen the famous British “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster from WWII. This short video gives the interesting history behind it, along with a peek inside the wonderful-looking bookstore that played a role in that history. Would love to pay that bookstore a visit someday.

Hat tip to Charles L. for this.

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I present Sean Connery singing “My Pretty Irish Girl” in Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

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Next time you roughhouse with your kids, try using a Daddy Saddle. Made by Kenner back in the 60s, the Daddy Saddle made playing horsey a bit more realistic. There’s actually a company today that makes something similar called the Daddle, though it pales in comparison to the old-school Daddy Saddle.

Via Kenner Collector

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As we told you about a couple of weeks ago, the American Mustache Institute has teamed up with H&R Block in order to raise mustache-awareness and money for charity by petitioning for a tax break for mustached Americans. To help get the word out about the effort, H&R Block crunched the numbers and put together this infographic that covers things like how much you can save by having a mustache and how much more money mustached Americans make than their brethren with naked upper lips (yes, they did a real study on this).

The Plight of the Mustached American

Source: H&R Block

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Huckberry is a deal site that features special sales each week exclusively to members, and the products available change each week. Every week, I pick out my favorite things from the week’s offerings.

Note: I usually do the Huckberry post at the start of the week’s sale, but we didn’t post last week, so this sale actually ends in one day.

We’re big fans of the pocket notebook here on AoM, and know many of our readers are too, so you might want to act quick and pick up some Made in America Field Notes for 20% off the regular price.

Oak Street is a paragon of bootmaking. All boots are constructed by Maine craftsmen with 20+ years of experience, and utilize Horween Chromexcel leather which undergoes 89 separate processes that take 28 days. Each pair also sports replaceable Vibram outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, ensuring a lifetime of wear.

To browse the Huckberry Shop, you have to sign-up for the site. If you do, you get a $5 credit for being an AoM reader.  The reason that you must sign-up to browse and see the prices is that this is a members-only deal site, and the brands that offer their products for these special sales are only willing to offer those special prices to a small group and not to the public at large

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Flickr users have uploaded some amazing old photos of cowboys. Here are some of the standouts:

Source: deflam

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Source: glenbowmuseum

Source: Newmexico51

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Source: boytiger

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Lynn D. “Buck” Compton was a first lieutenant in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, the group known these days as the “Band of Brothers.” He earned the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After the war, Compton became a prosecutor and judge in California.

If you want to learn more about Buck Compton’s life, I recommend checking out his biography, Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers. It’s great window into a different time and a man of a different breed.

Read the obituary: “Lynn D. ‘Buck’ Compton Dies at 90; Judge Also Known for WWII Service” (LA Times)

Hat tip to Ronald S. for this link.

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Huckberry is a deal site that features special sales each week exclusively to members, and the products available change each week. Every week, I pick out my favorite things from the week’s offerings.

Betabrand Bike to Work Pants

Made  in San Francisco, Betabrand’s signature pants feature ankles and pockets with reflective liners that make you more visible at night when you’re biking home from work or just cruising around town.

Inside Line Equipment

Made in the USA messenger and camera bags.

Kammock Hammocks

Lightweight, portable, breathable, tear-resistant hammock for camping.

Offers end in 3 days.

To browse the Huckberry Shop, you have to sign-up for the site. If you do, you get a $5 credit for being an AoM reader.  The reason that you must sign-up to browse and see the prices is that this is a members-only deal site, and the brands that offer their products for these special sales are only willing to offer those special prices to a small group and not to the public at large

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The seriously funny and virile American Mustache Institute is lobbying Congress to extend a $250 tax refund for all mustached Americans. The Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expense Act, or ‘STACHE Act, was inspired by a white paper written by John Yeutter, an associate professor of accounting and tax policy at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

In his paper, Yeutter links mustache growth and maintenance to social and environmental benefits and a boost in the grower’s incremental income. Because the costs of mustache maintenance contribute to the economy, Yeutter argues, those expenses should be tax deductible. The tax deduction will hopefully encourage men to grow mustaches.

AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut is petitioning Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota (also the only Congressman to sport facial hair) to sponsor the bill.

To raise awareness of their efforts, AMI is organizing a Million Mustache March from the Capitol to the White House on April 1. For every Million Mustache March participant, AMI’s sponsorship partner, H&R Block, will make contributions to Millions From One–which delivers clean drinking water to those who cannot obtain it themselves. The march and bill are designed to raise-mustache awareness and money for charity, all with a good time in mind and with tongue partly in cheek, which is how AMI rolls.

You can find out more info about the STACHE Act and the Million Mustache March at the American Mustache Institute’s official website, and in this article from ABC News.

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