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100 Skills Everyone Should Have

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Angel_1756, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Angel_1756

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    Popular Mechanics put out a list of 100 skills every man should know, split out in categories like Automotive, Home, Survival, Technology, etc. I think we can do better.

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    • Automotive
      1. Handle a blowout
      2. Drive in snow
      3. Check trouble codes
      4. Replace fan belt
      5. Wax a car
      6. Conquer an off-road obstacle
      7. Use a stick welder
      8. Hitch up a trailer
      9. Jump start a car

      Handling Emergencies
      10. Perform the Heimlich
      11. Reverse hypothermia
      12. Perform hands-only CPR
      13. Escape a sinking car

      Home
      14. Carve a turkey
      15. Use a sewing machine
      16. Put out a fire
      17. Home brew beer
      18. Remove bloodstains from fabric
      19. Move heavy stuff
      20. Grow food
      21. Read an electric meter
      22. Shovel the right way
      23. Solder wire
      24. Tape drywall
      25. Split firewood
      26. Replace a faucet washer
      27. Mix concrete
      28. Paint a straight line
      29. Use a French knife
      30. Prune bushes and small trees
      31. Iron a shirt
      32. Fix a toilet tank flapper
      33. Change a single-pole switch
      34. Fell a tree
      35. Replace a broken windowpane
      36. Set up a ladder, safely
      37. Fix a faucet cartridge
      38. Sweat copper tubing
      39. Change a diaper
      40. Grill with charcoal
      41. Sew a button on a shirt
      42. Fold a flag

      Medical Myths
      43. Treat frostbite
      44. Treat a burn
      45. Help a seizure victim
      46. Treat a snakebite
      47. Remove a tick

      Military Know-How
      48. Shine shoes
      49. Make a drum-tight bed
      50. Drop and give the perfect pushup

      Outdoors
      51. Run rapids in a canoe
      52. Hang food in the wild
      53. Skipper a boat
      54. Shoot straight
      55. Tackle steep drops on a mountain bike
      56. Escape a rip current

      Primitive Skills
      57. Build a fire in the wilderness
      58. Build a shelter
      59. Find potable water

      Surviving Extremes
      60. Floods
      61. Tornados
      62. Cold
      63. Heat
      64. Lightning

      Teach Your Kids
      65. Cast a line
      66. Lend a hand
      67. Change a tire
      68. Throw a spiral
      69. Fly a stunt kite
      70. Drive a stick shift
      71. Parallel park
      72. Tie a bowline
      73. Tie a necktie
      74. Whittle
      75. Ride a bike

      Technology
      76. Install a graphics card
      77. Take the perfect portrait
      78. Calibrate HDTV settings
      79. Shoot a home movie
      80. Ditch your hard drive

      Master Key Workshop Tools
      81. Drill driver
      82. Grease gun
      83. Coolant hydrometer
      84. Socket wrench
      85. Test light
      86. Brick trowel
      87. Framing hammer
      88. Wood chisel
      89. Spade bit
      90. Circular saw
      91. Sledge hammer
      92. Hacksaw
      93. Torque wrench
      94. Air wrench
      95. Infrared thermometer
      96. Sand blaster
      97. Crosscut saw
      98. Hand plane
      99. Multimeter
      100. Feeler gauges
    Focus: What are the skills that everyone should have in today's society?

    Alt-Focus: Discuss the Popular Mechanics list - are those really the top 100 skills that are necessary for the average man?
     
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    Be able to change your own flat tire without calling AAA.

    Know how to load and shoot a gun.
     
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    - Know your way around the BBQ
    - Know how to "perfect pour" a beer
    - Learning to swim might also be a novel idea
    - Know how to strike somebody over the head with a wine bottle (always overhand instead of side-arm)
     
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    The obvious omission is how to masturbate without getting caught.
     
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    101- Eat pussy
    102- Paint a room
    103- Change a flat
    104- boil an egg
     
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    I suppose it's a good thing I don't put much stock in internet lists claiming to define my manhood by my possessions because I own one of the tools on that list.

    Know what I do have? A checkbook and a cousin who is a contractor.
     
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    105. Change your cars oil.
    106. Grill meat.
    107. Find food in the wild.
    108. Simple home repairs.
     
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    I want to know what the criteria is for surviving extremes in order to prove one's manly manliness adequate. Or is this like go to the basement if there's a tornado and if it's cold, don't forget your jacket! Then manly men pat themselves on the back for their manness. Is manness one or two ns? A man should know.

    101 - win a fight
    102 - train an animal
    103- finish a centurion (100 shots of beer in 100 minutes)
    104 - eat steak at least medium rare, or rare
     
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    The one that I am surprised isn't in the home section is relighting the pilot light on a water heater. About a year back I lived in a house with a girl and two other guys and we all woke up one morning to find that there was no hot water. The other three were apparently content with filing a complaint with the leasing agency and waiting on someone to come out and look at it. I couldn't believe they were just going to deal with cold showers until that happened, it took me all of 10 minutes to realize the pilot light was out and relight it.
     
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    1. able to use a wine key
    2. able to tie a few knots
     
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    One would think that managing finances, and all of its offshoots would be listed as pretty fucking important. Hell, I'd even list learning to zip your fly up without getting your dick caught before I listed the following:

    The fine folks at Popular Mechanics apparently live in a much different world than I do.
     
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    1. Negotiate
    2. Make peace between two other parties
    3. Admit a mistake
    4. Apologize
    5. Laugh off attempts at intimidation


    For the record, I'm a bit insulted by the use of the word, "Master," with regard to tools. Motherfucker, I've worked my ass off to "master" those tools. Some chump with a home depot stanley hand plane needs to use a different word.
     
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    6. Stop being a God damned hippie.


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    I base my must-have skills on the MANtage:
     
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    1. Know enough about a specific topic to speak about it with authority
    2. Accept the opinions of others, even if you don't agree
    3. Recognize the signs of common medical emergencies (heart attack, stroke, shock, etc.)
     
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    I was doing pretty well until I got to the technology section.

    Surprised "cooking a complete meal" wasn't on the list.

    101. Anticipate your partner's PMS and take appropriate protective measures.
    102. Have sufficient spatial reasoning ability so the fridge accommodates the week's groceries AND your beer.
    103. Be able to provide an accurate response to any line from any Clint Eastwood movie.
     
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    Huh. And all this time I thought useful military knowledge would consist of close quarters combat, or strategy, or rigid self discipline. Making beds and doing push ups? Give me back my tax dollars you glorified P.E. teachers!

    Common medical emergencies? Is your hobby walking into nursing homes and flashing the patients or something?

    Anyway:
    X). Remain calm under pressure.
    X). Formulate a cogent argument.
    X). Approach a potential love interest.
    X). End a relationship in a civil fashion.
    X). Construct a feasible plan in case of zombie uprising.
     
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    - Optimize utility subject to a budget constraint.

    CHECK, BITCHES. I AM ALL THAT IS MAN.
     
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    We do in the US. There's a formal method for folding a flag into a triangle which is how it's to be stored. You've never seen this is a movie scene of a military burial where two soldiers fold the flag that covered the casket and then present it to the widow?