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Man Skills: Everything Men Need (or Just Want) to Know
     

Man Skills: Everything Men Need (or Just Want) to Know

by Nick Harper
 

For every man who has humiliated himself in public when asked to carve a turkey or fix a leaky faucet, this is the must-have guide to all those essential (and not-so-essential) man skills he never got around to learning.

Written in a hilarious style, including illustrations for the trickiest maneuvers, Man Skills provides the answers to the questions most men are

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For every man who has humiliated himself in public when asked to carve a turkey or fix a leaky faucet, this is the must-have guide to all those essential (and not-so-essential) man skills he never got around to learning.

Written in a hilarious style, including illustrations for the trickiest maneuvers, Man Skills provides the answers to the questions most men are afraid to ask.

-How to Start a Fire with Two Sticks
-How to Beat a Hangover
-How to Hit a Carnival Hammer (and Make the Bell Ring)
-How to Tie a Bow Tie
-How to Pass Yourself Off As Some Kind of Wine Buff
-How to Blow a Smoke Ring
-How to Undo a Bra Using Only One Hand
-How to Survive in Prison
-. . . and much, much more.

The perfect guide for the manly man. . .or the man who needs a little help.

Editorial Reviews

As far as we know, there is no accredited Man School. Generally speaking, males are left to their own devices when they attempt to master the manly arts of carving a turkey, tying a bow tie, skimming a stone across water, or starting a fire with two sticks. With the arrival of Nick Harper's book, all that has changed. With his help, you will not only will be able to perform all the aforementioned skills, you will be able to beat a hangover, survive prison, pass yourself off as a wine buff, and perform many other impressive feats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402210525
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
980,172
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from Man Skills
How to Crack Open a Coconut

You're right, clanking it against a sturdy wall or brick would do the job, but such a ham-fisted approach would guarantee most of the lovely juice inside the nut is wasted. So, this technique is for the controlled, idiot-proof approach ...

Step 1. Rest the coconut in the middle of one hand, with the tip at one end and the 'eyes' at the other. If you have a bowl to hand, hold the coconut over it to catch the juice.

Step 2. Find a blunt implement—the back of a knife or a heavy stone-and bang the coconut around its center, rotating the seed until it gently starts to split open. As the crack widens, pour the juice into your bowl or straight down your trap. Once the juice has drained, to get to the flesh continue knocking at the coconut shell until it opens. You should be left with two even halves, but no one's measuring.

Step 3. To reach the juice without splitting the nut open, hammer a sharp tip into the 'eyes' of the nut-a nail or sharp stone should suffice. Insert a straw and you've turned that coconut into a tall drink to sipped at leisure. If you've been washed up on deserted island, however, you may struggle for straw so should skip this altogether.

Meet the Author

Nick Harper is the features editor of Sport magazine, a London magazine about, well, sport. He has previously written for Men's Health, The Guardian, Q, FHM and FourFourTwo and lives in London, England, in a house.

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