The University of Akron in Ohio is conducting a survey of men in order to find out why men are less willing to ask for help than women are, and if their reasons are related to social class and their views on masculinity.

Here’s the link if you want to take part in the survey.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. All participants are put into a drawing for a $50 and $70 Amazon gift card.

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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 a few of my favorite things from the week’s offering. Here are my picks for the week of October 10, 2011. The sale ends in three days, so if you want to get a good deal on these products, sign-up, and order today.

BoomCase

I love it when people re-purpose old products to make something new. Designed by Dominic Odbert, the BoomCase is a speaker system encased in a vintage suitcase. Just connect your iPod and a strobe light to your BoomCase, and boom! instant party.

Old Calgary Cases

We all know how good it feels to slip into a Merino wool sweater on a cold day, or how a pair of socks made of the same material can keep us perfectly cool on a backpacking trip. So why not wrap your iPad in the same thing? Old Calgary makes simple, yet classy wool felt cases for all your digital devices. All Old Calgary cases are handmade in the USA.

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The officially launch date of the Art of Manliness’ second book–Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues–is set for November 1. And we’re really excited!

The book is already available on Kindle for folks who want the e-version. Personally, I highly recommend buying this book in analog format. It contains 75 vintage illustrations and has a cool layout that gets lost when rendered digitally. But to each his own!

If you’d like to get your hands on a paperback copy before they’re available for sale, today we’re giving away two advance copies of Manvotionals.

To enter to win, simply answer this trivia question:

What US President’s son stormed the beaches at Normandy?

Leave your answer in the comments below. [Note: Your comment will NOT show up under the post.] We’ll select two random winners from all the correct answers.

Deadline to enter is Friday Oct. 14, 2011.

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Kate will sometimes randomly stop and say to me, “You have a skeleton in there.” It is weird, isn’t it?

Via Modern Mechanix

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If you didn’t know, the Art of Manliness has its own line of stationery, made by Page Stationery.

Today I’m going to give away an extra box of the gentleman design that I have lying around. The box comes with 15 correspondence cards. Great for jotting off a quick thank you note.

To enter to win simply answer this question:

What was Winston Churchill’s nickname at Harrow?

Leave your answer in the comments below. [Note: Your comment will NOT show up under the post.] We’ll select one random winner from all the correct answers.

Deadline to enter is Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011.

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The Atlantic recently published a photo montage of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin taking part in manly activities. It’s freaking awesome. Putin has definitely worked hard at developing a manly and virile persona. It’s very Theodore Roosevelt-esque. While Roosevelt was certainly a badass, like Putin, he understood the power of the media and would often create photo-ops for himself to show off his awesome manliness. But even though both men wanted people to know about their manly feats, they both actually did the things they’re shown doing–it wasn’t a bunch of talk.

Of course, in addition to doing manly things, TR had a very sterling reputation, while Putin is known for being a bad dude.

But among world leaders, the man’s got a virility that’s second to none. Below are a few of my favorite images from The Atlantic’s “Vladimir Putin, Action Man.” Make sure to visit the site to see all 34 photos.

Anything is possible when you use Old Spice bodywash. I'm on a horse.

Ha ha ha! I will crush you.

Front crawl stroke is for weakling. Putin only uses butterfly.

Here is piece I wrote inspired by Brothers Karamazov. You will cry.

You hold metal like little child.

Eat my dust capitalist pig.

The scent of Putin attract big animals. For this reason, I hunt with no shirt.

Putin. Vladimir Putin.

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AoM reader and sometime style contributor, Leo Mulvihill, has a chance to score a walk on role to the AMC series Mad Men. But he needs our help. Vote for Leo to guest star on Mad Men. (You’ll need to login to AMC to vote. Yeah, it’s a pain, but let’s help an AoM brother out.)

Leo tried for this spot a couple of years ago, but came up short. I think this is the year that it will happen for him. Just look at him. Man, already looks like he works at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with Don.

You can vote once a day until Sept 9. If Leo is in the top 10, he’ll be considered for the role.

AoM brothers unite! Vote for Leo today and every day until Sept. 9.

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Here’s a bit of manly movie trivia for you. Despite being one of his most iconic roles, Clint Eastwood wasn’t even considered to play the title role of Dirty Harry until a whole bunch of other actors turned the job down.

Frank Sinatra was originally cast to play Dirty Harry, but a broken wrist he suffered while filming the Manchurian Candidate prevented him from hoisting Harry Calagan’s signature beast of a gun.  So he had to quit. John Wayne was then offered the role, but he turned it down because he didn’t “like being offered Sinatra’s rejections.” Producers then went after Robert Mitchum, but he turned it down because he thought the role was a “piece of junk.” Burt Lancaster was then offered the role, but he turned it down because he didn’t agree with the movie’s violence. Finally Eastwood was offered the script and the rest was movie history.

Eastwood needs to ask himself one question: Do I feel lucky that everybody turned down Dirty Harry? Well, do ya, punk?

Via The Gun Nut

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After Christian Chensvold received a handwritten note from author Tom Wolfe, complete with Wolfe’s manly signature, he was inspired to improve his handwriting and create his own signature signature. So he turned to a NYC-based calligraphy expert for help and some tips on how to do so, which he shares in this fun article.

Read: How to Get Yourself a Swashbuckling Signature (@Park & Bond)

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US Army First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver wrote a letter to his wife and his baby daughter to be read in event of his death. His wife Emma found the documents on his computer when he was killed in September 2010 by an IED during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The letters are achingly sad and poignant reminders of the great sacrifice being born by our military and the need to cherish the ones we love in our lives, whether you’re a solider or civilian.

Weaver's widow had the letters superimposed on pictures of she and their baby.

Dear Emma

Dear Emma:

Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you. I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now. I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are. Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.

I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day. I even had two great dogs – at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.

Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.

Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.

Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.

I love you.
Your loving Husband,
Todd

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Dear Kiley

Dear Kiley, My Sweetie:

Although you may not remember me, I want you to know how very much your Daddy loves you. I left for Afghanistan when you were 9 months old. Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You are so very special to me sweetie – you are truly a gift from God. The best day of my life was the day you were born. Every time I saw you smile my heart would just melt. You were my sweetie – my life was not complete until you were born.

I am so sorry I will not be able to see you grow up. But remember, your Daddy is not gone. I am in heaven now smiling down on you every day. You are so very lucky to have such a wonderful Mom to take care of you. Make sure you are good for her and help her out whenever you can. Always remember to say your prayers at night and be thankful for all your many blessings. Never forget how important and special you are to so many people. We love you so very much. When you get older and start school, do your best and try to learn as much as you can about the world you live in. Always be nice and caring to others and you will discover that the world will be nice to you. But when things aren’t going your way, never forget that God knows what is best for you and everything will work out in the end.

You have such a bright and beautiful future ahead of you. Have fun. Enjoy it. And remember, your Daddy will always be proud of you and will always love you. You are and will always be my sweetie.

With very much love,
Your Daddy

Read more at the Mail Online

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