14 Basic Skills All Men Should Possess

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  1. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    They need to master #15: build a website that doesn't crash browsers.
     
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    13/14
    #1 I have never had access to a manual
    #4 Very hard if you have a girl trying to tell you where to turn :p
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    7, 9, 11 id be iffy on

    aka, cook a perfect steak, write effectively, and sew a button

    edit: i can write pretty well and i could sew if i had to and i could cook a steak. those are just my weak links
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    13/14 - I don't do oil changes.

    And technically, while I can sew a button, my dry cleaner takes care of that for me when needed.
     
  6. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    13/14.

    Never had access to a manual transmission to learn on. I'll probably buy my first Porsche and have to call my dad to come down to the dealer and drive it home for me. :p
     
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    My wife still gives me a hard time about the laundry every once in a while, but other than that, piece of cake.
     
  9. anjinha thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'm surprised so many of you know how to do laundry and sew a button...
     
  10. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    i got 12/14.

    EVERYONE should know how to drive a stick. in fact, my first car is probably going to be one.:D
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why should everyone know how to drive a stick?
     
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    I've known how to sew a button since I was eight. I can also hem, take in pants at the waist, and even take in shirts. I also have a sewing machine.
     
  13. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

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    I can do 6 of these...maybe 7

    Build a fire, balance the checkbook, laundry, write effectively, navigate a map, hook up an entertainment center...and possibly, dress properly
     
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    cause its a good skill. and idk it just buggs me when people dont know how.:rolleyes:
     
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    You never know when that skill might come in handy.
     
  16. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    The breast stroke is iffy at best but the others no biggie.
    Sew a button, bareeze. Being in the military sewing was a life saver as well as a money saver.

    Driving a stick, while i agree it is important I don't want one in my truck. But in a little economy box; absolutely.
     
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    If you get a flat battery in an Automatic car, it's impossible to move.
    OK, you could say, get some jump leads, but what if there aren't any around (even though you may have a pair in your car, there might not be another car around)

    At least with a stick, there's a good chance you can give it a jump start by pushing it...

    Also, more people fall to sleep at the wheel, when using an automatic...
     
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    i disagree with that last sentence. the rest are good points
     
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    14/14. Too easy.

    I'm working on some from this list:

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein
     
  20. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I only drive stick, and I've never had to change my own oil or tire but I know how. I've never had a checkbook or felt the need for one, so I guess I can't count that one, however I'm plenty skilled at math to get the job done. :p

    I'd be surprised how many people actually satisfy some of these...most Americans don't know how to 'Dress for the Occasion'.

    Fixing toilets really isn't that hard and more people should know how to fix them...I've been to so many houses with toilets that run or don't flush right. I rebuilt/replaced the entire inside of an ancient toilet in my house last year, it wasn't fun but it wasn't hard either.

    Also: many of the comments on that page are asinine, macho manly-men taken to an extreme. :rolleyes:
     
  21. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    If setting a bone means what I think it means, I've got that one down.
     
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    I can and have done all of them; I no longer have a manual transmission, and I no longer change my own oil. Back in the day when you could just dump it on the ground, yes. But now that you have to take it in to be recycled, and it costs like $3 extra to get them to do it for you, I don't see the point.

    And I'll be happy to start this "flame" war - in order to cook a truly perfect steak, you need a fire burning wood or charcoal. Gas is for grilling chicken and hot dogs.

    Let the "flames" begin! :cool:
     
  23. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    See, for my perfect steak you need an 1800 degree broiler (though my at home broiler with a far lower temperature has to suffice), a nice cast iron pan, and some butter. Though, steak is pretty good in many other preparations.
     
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