Revealed, the 50 things every 'real' man needs to know
Rather than reprint the list, I'll man up and confess to the ones I don't know and my explanation/excuse as an aside.
18.) Know the offside rule. I assume this is soccer and I'm a little unclear but I think it involves not being farther down field than the ball. I'll take a half point off.
19.) The year England won the World Cup. I know this is soccer. I don't care.
31.) What the football scores were at the weekend. More soccer.
33.) When a woman says ‘Do what you want’ do not do what you want. Like hell. If a women tells you to do what you want, do it! If she says, "Well dear if you want to go fishing this weekend...I guess", you don't let the final "s" sound fade away without being in the truck headed down the driveway. If she didn't really mean it, too bad.
35.) What the biggest recent football transfers are. Again with the soccer.
42.) How to put someone in a recovery position. I'm not sure what they are talking about. I do know some basic first aid and rescue "positions". Being Brits this could also be some sort of gay sex thing, in which case I'm totally clueless.
50. Who are favourites to win the Premier League. Again with the soccer.
From the story:
While being able to undo a bra one-handed, understanding betting odds and how to choose a good wine all narrowly missed out on the list.
Knowing to never call a woman 'cuddly' or 'bubbly', what the first rule of the film Fight Club is and having an opinion on the best James Bond were also just outside the top 50 list.
Nearly half the men studied felt they weren't up to scratch based on the number of the 50 things they were able to tick off. Just 46 per cent felt they could consider themselves a 'manly' man.A full 10% of British "real manhood" is tied up in soccer. Granted they invented the sport. On the other hand if winning the world cup is such an apparently rare event that you should know when Britain did it, how important can it be?
As far as the near miss items, I perfected the one hand unhook at 17. I achieved it at 16 but the intricacies involved change a bit depending on if it is a 1 or 5 clasp model. In my case I started small and worked into the big leagues. It wasn't until 17 that I encountered and mastered the 5 clasp DD supper bra.
I can choose a reasonably good wine if I know what everyone in the party prefers. In the US, wine pairing for meals is something of an underdeveloped art. As a rule most Americans aren't into the orthodox concept of pairing and generally prefer to drink wines they "like". I'm not sure how my choices would stand up in continental company.
I have some suggestions that should have made the list.
1. Build shelter
2. Find and purify water
3. Start a fire when your life depends on it
4. Kill and prepare your own food
5. Use/make primitive weapons
6. Master firearms
7. Use water craft and motorcycles
There's my seven to make up for my lack of soccer skills. Add your own "real man skills" in the comments.