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Articles to improve your life, style, romance, and manly skills; just plain interesting.

7 Essential books Every Man Needs to Read

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10 Ways to Be Your Most Miserable Self

So you woke up today wanting to be miserable… There’s nothing like a dash of misery in the morning to start off the day on the wrong foot. However, you…

Future predictions from the early 1900s

“Experts” trying to predict what marvels the future will hold is nothing new as these cards from just over 100 years ago show. What is suprising, is how much of…

A 1952 jet-boat on Loch Ness breaks the speed record, at high cost

The British motorist John Cobb spent the 1930s and 1940s breaking land speed records. By 1947 he set the world record for land speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats, going…

Botox for men: Should I get ‘Brotox’?

Botox For Men: Brotox – the facts Here we’re going to discuss whether there’s a place for Botox® in the grooming regime of the modern man.  We’re going to answer…

5 rules of expert negotiators

Here’s a potentially uncomfortable truth: nearly every interaction you have with someone is a negotiation of some kind. Stop and think about it for a second and you’ll realize it’s true, whether…

How to tell the room you’re a strong leader

Whether you’re a C-suite executive or not, there are going to be times when you want to have the aura of leadership about you. There are several pieces to this…

NASA intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 and it still went badly

In December 1984, NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 passenger jet. The idea was to test out a new fuel additive that they thought could reduce the…

Weather proverbs that are actually true

You’ve likely heard “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning sailor take warning”. There are tons of these weather proverbs, problem is, most of them don’t really…

Be Interesting: The Art of Storytelling

We’ve talked about how to increase your personal magnetism and given you topics to endear others to you. But all of it will be for not if when it’s your…

Operation Dynamo: The Manmade Miracle

The fleet set sail on May 26th, 1940, crossing the English Channel towards the French town of Dunkirk. It was not lead by any one Admiral, guided instead by the…

No Joke, You Can Build A Warp Drive

Space is a really big place, even our own cosmic neighborhood is huge; with current technology, it takes 2 years to get to Mars. If you want to visit the closest…

Live Free: Old Habits Die Hard

Whether you realize it or not, your daily life is largely comprised of countless habits. When you preform any given action, say rinsing your toothbrush with water after adding the…

13 Tips For Great Holiday Pictures

Despite the fact that your smartphone may be boasting 20 or 30 megapixels, that little camera is severely limited due to its tiny little lens. With such a small lens,…

The 1908 New York To Paris Auto Race

Yup, auto race. From New York City to Paris. In 1908. Also, it was winter. These men were nuts, one of them even challenged one of his teammates to a…

Topics to Endear Others And Keep A Conversation Going

It’s one of the most dreaded moments in a conversation – the awkward silence. Neither of you know what to say, and the longer it goes on, the more the…

Flexible Dieting: Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

When thinking of “dieting” most men think of small portions and bland food. Lowering caloric intake by eating healthy foods like salads can lead to weight loss over time, but…

Murder Mystery Onboard A Burning Prohibition Ship

Between 1930 and 1934 the SS Morro Castle made lucrative trips between New York and Havana, Cuba. In the midst of the Great Depression and alcohol prohibition in the United…

5 Tips From A Con Man On How To Handle Being In Over Your Head

We’ve all been there: you talked a big game and now it’s time to walk the walk, but you have no idea what you’re doing. Perhaps you were more than…

How To Make Beef Stroganoff

With the cold winter months arriving, it’s time to start learning how to prepare some of your favourite winter meals. Beef stroganoff is a hearty, warm meal that will keep…

The Interchangeable Wardrobe

An interchangeable wardrobe is a smart wardrobe. Have a think about your wardrobe; likely you have several outfits that are stand-alone, meaning that you can’t really wear much of it…

Rockefeller’s 6 Personal Traits For Success

John D. Rockefeller: American oil tycoon, philanthropist, and billionaire. Considered the wealthiest American of all time and a self-made man, he formed the Standard Oil Company in 1870—the world’s largest…

The Soldier No One Told

“You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we’ll come back for you. Until then, so long as…

Old Time Halloween Pictures

Back in the day, people used to make their Halloween costumes instead of buying them in shops. You would be excused for thinking they would look basic, but they were all…

Flying To The Roof Of The World: Mount Everest’s Peak

In April 1933, Sir Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, otherwise known as Lord Clydesdale, and Major Stewart Blacker prepared to fly over Mount Everest’s peak, an excursion that was the first of its kind.…

How To Make The Perfect Burger

All men are expected to have a handful of dishes that they can expertly prepare. While relatively simple, few dishes will garner you more man points than a perfect burger.…

Executing A Perfect Handbrake Turn

There are a lot of reasons why a man may need to use the handbrake turn, taking the lead in a race, shaking some pursuers with a last minute turn,…

Ernest Shackleton: Survival At The World’s End

In September of 1914, the antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail with 27 men onboard the Endurance. His goal: to be the first man to cross Antartica. Despite the…

How To Pick The Perfect Pair Of Glasses

It can be a bit of an ego hit when a friend has a great pair of shades, but then you find that you just can’t pull them off. I’d…

Keeping Your Beard Stylish With Minimal Effort

So you’ve decided to grow a beard, great! Should be pretty easy, chuck your razor in the bin, wait a couple weeks, then enjoy being a lumberjack. Except, not quite,…

The Secret Strategies Of Arm Wrestling

The arm wrestle, a one to one test of pure brute strength and manliness. You’ve already been called on to prove your manliness, and you will be again. Here’s the…

5 Ways To Increase Your Personal Magnetism

Some men seem to be imbued with charm and charisma. People follow them and label them natural leaders. Girls talk about all the sparks after going on dates with them.…

4 Reasons Shaving Brushes Are Amazing!

A Shaving Brush You Say? 1. Lifts and suspends hairs The number one reason to use a shaving brush is that it gives you a better shave. When applying shaving…

Shave Your Head like a Boss!

Men shave their heads for different reasons: going bald, wanting to look more dominant, or simply cannot be bothered with different hairstyles and want to look tidy. Whatever the reason,…

7 ways to avoid shaving rash on legs and bikini area

We’re a man’s shaving company, so how would we know about avoiding shaving burn/bumps/rash on legs and bikini area? Simple, we designed a razor to actively fight against it on…

The Pink Tax: Women Also Pay More Than Men.

The pink tax is not a literal tax on pink things, the reality may be worse. Instead, products aimed at women often sell for as much as double the price…

What women should know about a man’s shave

Ladies, I want you to know what a good shave means to a man. It may not seem of particular importance, but given that most men do it every morning…

Mens Hairstyles That Passed The Test Of Time

Men’s Hairstyle trends change so quickly; one month it’s the Samurai bun, the next slick retro with a loose fringe and the oh so popular blurry fade cut that could…

Sticking To Your Resolution: Getting In Shape!

Right, it’s not the first time we’ve found ourselves here; new year and an old resolution – get in shape, preferably before summer! Yet, come Christmas, you’ve long since stopped…

How To Dress Smart In The Summer Heat.

It’s not easy for men to look smart during the summer. Smart fashion for men is generally designed for colder weather. But with a couple minor tricks and changes, it…

Homemade Barbershop Hot Towel Shave

There are a lot of great things about the experience of getting shaved at a barbershop. The hot towel is one of them, and generally men don’t try to replicate…

Why Women Should Use Men’s Shaving Razors

More and more women are ditching their pink razors and using men’s razors to shave their legs. Why? Some claim that men’s razors are higher quality and have sharper blades…

Electric Shaver Vs. Wet Shave

Can’t decide what kind of shaving tool to use? There are a lot of differences people don’t always consider; here is our summary of the biggest advantages and disadvantages of…

A Great Gift For Men

Still searching for good gifts for a man in your life? Most men don’t do anything special or nice in their morning shaving routine (many just use a razor made…

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Top 5 Subscriptions For Father’s Day

Yup, it is right around the corner and you haven’t found anything yet. This is the man who changed your diapers at 3am, taught you to ride a bike, and…

How To Shave & Get Rid Of Shaving Rash

You would be surprised how many people shave poorly, a lot of them not realizing, and others switching to electric because they are convinced that “their skin is too sensitive”.…

Is There An Alternative To Gillette Fusion Blades?

Why are razors so expensive? The Gillette Fusion Blades cartridges made by the well-known brands generally cost about 5p-10p to manufacture, but shoppers are charged as much as £3.49 per…

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