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


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 ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402210525
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 642,003
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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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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.

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Table of Contents


How Did It Come To This? -
How To . . . Shake Hands Properly -
How To . . . Buy Flowers -
How To . . . Carve A Chicken (Or Turkey) Like A Pro -
How To . . . Undo A Bra Using Only One Hand -
How To . . . Start A Fire With Two Sticks -
How To . . . Beat A Hangover
How To . . . Crack Open A Coconut-
How To . . . Master The Fireman's Lift (And Carry)
How To . . . Bleed A Radiator -
How To . . . Communicate Using Morse Code -
How To . . . Give A Best Man's Speech -
How To . . . Hit A Carnival Hammer (And Make The Bell Ring) -
How To . . . Drink A Yard Of Beer -
How To . . . Tie A Bow Tie -
How To . . . Mow The Lawn -
How To . . . Change A Diaper -
How To . . . Skim A Stone Across Water -
How To . . . Fight A Raging Fire -
How To . . . Buy A Suit That Actually Looks Good On You -
How To . . . Start A Frozen Car In Winter Weather -
How To . . . Open Champagne (The Sophisticated, Unflustered Way) -
How To . . . Be The Perfect Gentleman -
How To . . . Tackle A Thief -
How To . . . Blow A Smoke Ring -
How To . . . Pull Off The Heimlich Manoeuvre -
How To . . . Catch A Fish With A Piece Of String -
How To . . . Save A Drowning Person -
How To . . . Toss A Caber -
How To . . . Deliver A Baby In An Emergency -
How To . . . Hold A Baby Properly -
How To . . . Pass Yourself Off As Some Kind Of Wine Buff -
How To . . . Pull Off A Handbrake Turn -
How To . . . Break Down A Locked Door-
How To . . . Tie A Windsor Knot
How To . . . Buy A Used Car
How To . . . Unclog The Toilet -
How To . . . Put Yourself Out When You Catch On Fire -
How To . . . Iron A Shirt -
How To . . . Dive Like Tarzan -
How To . . . Spit-Shine Shoes (So You Can See Your Face In Them) -
How To . . . Make A Baby Stop Crying
How To . . . Use A Straight Razor -
How To . . . Rip A Phone Book In Half With Your Bare Hands -
How To . . . Make A Bow And Arrow-
How To . . . Fire A Bow And Arrow-
How To . . . Jump-Start A Car -
How To . . . Perform CPR -
How To . . . Build A Fire -
How To . . . Stage-Dive -
How To . . . Win An Arm-Wrestling Contest -
How To . . . Fend Off A Dangerous Beast -
How To . . . Tie The Trustiest Knots -
How To . . . Throw Properly (And Not At All Like A Girl) -
How To . . . Navigate By The Stars -
How To . . . Jump From A Speeding Train -
How To . . . Barbecue Like A Man -
How To . . . Take A Punch -
How To . . . Deal With A Nasty Cut -
How To . . . Gut A Fish -
How To . . . Throw A Boomerang -
How To . . . Pull A Tooth-
How To . . . Pull Off A Card Trick -
How To . . . Whistle Through Your Fingers -
How To . . . Survive A Car Emergency -
How To . . . Eat Lobster -
How To . . . Mend A Bike Tire -
How To . . . Cook The Fish You Caught On Page 73 (And Gutted On Page 168) -
How To . . . Mix A Killer Cocktail-
How To . . . Fix A Leaky Faucet-
How To . . . Change A Tire -
How To . . . Buy Her A Present She Might Actually Like For Once -
How To . . . Clean The Windows Like A Pro -
How To . . . Dance -
How To . . . Dance Properly, Like A Gentleman -

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