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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Huckberry is a deal site that features special sales each week exclusively to members, and the products available change each week. We’re partnering up, and I was planning on doing a post each week highlighting what products were available that week. But it’s been a busy week for me, so this post is rather belated. So keep in mind that these deals are only good until Sunday.

This week on Huckberry was sports week, and there’s some seriously cool stuff on sale, including:

American Needle Hats


Specializing in throwback-style hats, American Needle reproduces awesome old baseball caps that span a range of time periods and styles. You will find snapback Phillies caps from the eighties and fitted wool Red Sox caps from the early 1900’s, amongst many others: everything a young (or old) man needs to appease his inner sports purist.

Leatherhead Balls

 


Leather Head Sports makes all of their throwback footballs, rugby balls, and medicine balls individually by hand in a workshop here in the US. I own one of their footballs, and it’s awesome. Leather craftsmanship at its finest. The balls are handsome enough to be displayed and rugged enough to be used. They make a perfect Christmas gift. If you want to see how they’re made, the craftsman behind Leather Head Sports did a post for AoM awhile back, taking us through the steps of making a football.

Eephus League Scorecards

Keeping score at a baseball game by hand is the only way to go, and your pleasure will be multiplied if you use this stitch-bound scorebook which includes 20 scoresheets, a scorekeeping reference card, stickers for you to note if the game took place in day or night, and if your team won or lost, a foldout starter’s guide to keeping score for anyone who is new to the art form, and autograph pages in the back for collecting player signatures. A great gift for a son’s first trip to the ballpark.

There are other cool things available on Huckberry right now, like throwback baseball bats. To browse, 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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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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