A Sense of Place

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Gadgets that answer our questions instantly remove categories of expertise, and the small talk they engender.

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What Are You Able to Do?

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Drew Diaz says that in an emergency you need to make a conscious choice: either walk towards it or walk away.

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The Touch Ups

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Pete Wilgoren lets his five year old daughter help him paint the house.

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The Twangification of a Greasehead [Video]

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What’s a diddley bow? After watching Jack White build one in less than ten minutes, it’s Rob Azevedo’s latest obsession.

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How to Cut a Mango Quickly and Easily: All in Pictures

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Love the flavor of mango but don’t know how to figure out if they’re ripe or how to prepare them? No problem.

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Well Done, Weld One

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Some things are rocket science, but welding isn’t one of them (unless you’re working on a rocket, or a fire escape).

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The Value of Snow Shoveling

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When Bob Barsanti was his eldest son’s age, his adolescent ego was stoked by shoveling snow: a modern John Henry against the snowplow. That was then…

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Willy Loman Plugged the John

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When the plumbing backs up, men often expect that we should know how to make the repair.

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Do-It-Yourself Man’s Guide to Clothing Alterations

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Take care of loose buttons and long cuffs yourself, and keep your clothes looking nicer, longer, for less.

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Josh and His Dad Take Down the Dragon Tree

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Josh Magill is proud and unafraid to work alongside his father, even after the tetanus shot. And the shed incident.

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Model Citizen


As an expression of his love, Jack Harper improves upon exotic cars.

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Children Will Listen


Greg White spent a summer teaching a ten-year-old nephew to run, and changed both their lives.

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Dogs in the Garden


When fences don’t work, Phil Keenan finds a new solution.

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Butchering a Turkey into Boneless Roasts

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Prepare your turkey in advance for less stress on Thanksgiving Day.

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How to Survive a Natural Disaster


If there’s a natural disaster or terrorist attack, can you protect your family?

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5 Essential Survival Skills for Men


In an emergency scenario, what do you need to stay alive until help arrives?

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