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April 11, 2018

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MC

Best post ever! Every time I think I have seen my favourite some new wonder appears. But I do love the gentleman riding his motorbike sidesaddle while he catches up on the news.

David

Remember, don’t set your testicles on fire.

Ian

That's lunch time gone.

David

Miscalculation.

David

Sudden warmth.

R. Sherman

What I so appreciate about this web journal is that it is a safe space for those of us with more refined tastes.

Penseivat

I'm reminded of the old joke, "Why do men die before women?" "Because they want to."

David

a safe space for those of us with more refined tastes.

And tablecloths too. Don’t forget those.

Sudden warmth 2.

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

What if you're transgender? Do you then live 5 years longer?

David

Sudden warmth 3.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And tablecloths too. Don’t forget those.

If they came from the, ahem, establishment next door, you might want to keep those far away from the UV lights you have on the black light posters. Just a forensic tip-of-the-day, as it were.

R. Sherman

It occurs to us here at the home office of The Patriarchy, lodged in the basement of the Elks Lodge of Benkelman, Nebraska, that we have mole in our midst.

Sigh

I suppose we'll have to start confiscating video recording devices in the near future.

David

I’m now remembering some of the retrospectively alarmingly things I did as a kid. None of them involved falling down lift shafts or setting myself on fire, but the presumption of invulnerability was quite a thing.

I blame the testosterone.

Darleen

subheading: "Hold my beer."

Darleen

alarmingly things I did as a kid.

Yep ... I look back on stuff I did outside of my parents' sight and wonder how I'm alive today!

IMHO majority of prepubescent kids are more than willing to push limits to alarming degrees. Adolescence hits and the divergence between the sexes -- not just physical -- becomes increasingly apparent.

David

I look back on stuff I did outside of my parents’ sight and wonder how I’m alive today!

In the woods near my school, above a stream, there was a muddy, very slippery, near-vertical embankment, the kind of thing that you wouldn’t have a hope of climbing up. However, some friends and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to see if we could run down it as fast as humanly possible. It was, I recall, quite exhilarating, by 12-year-old standards. Until it became all too apparent that, now travelling downhill at great speed, there was no earthly way to stop. Which resulted in a quite sudden, and forceful, deceleration, thanks to a large tree, and a visit to A&E with a fractured jaw.

It wasn’t the most dangerous or stupid thing I’d done, but I remember it vividly because what was going to happen became apparent well in advance of it happening, rather like a cartoon. But by then I was gravity’s plaything.

R. Sherman

I’m now remembering some of the retrospectively alarmingly things I did as a kid.

Define "kid."

When I went off to college, I decided to pursue my desire to become a rock climber and mountaineer. I was lucky enough to get a photo or two of me in a magazine hanging upside down on some rock wall. I showed up at home with a copy of the magazine and some additional photos which I proudly showed my parents.

Afterwards, my dad took me aside and said, "Those were nice. We're proud of you. But don't ever show anything like that or speak of your hobby to your mother about it again."

From then on, my vacations were called "hiking."

Eagleton's Dog

Parent: If your friends told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

Adolescent: I wouldn't normally jump off a cliff... But for my friends - absolutely, without hesitation, one for all and all for one.

SumDumGuy

Why women live longer than men.

Could also be titled "Why all your best friends are guys."

No offense girls (maybe a little offense,) guys are just more fun.

David

guys are just more fun.

I’ve been advised to make no comment at this time.

Fruitbat44

I guess some people, okay, men, have yet to figure out that the Darwin Award is the one you don't want to win . . .

Greg Allan

The flip side to the apparent stupidity are incredible achievements by men who dared.

RB

the Darwin Award is the one you don't want to win . . . the flip side to the apparent stupidity are incredible achievements by men who dared.

Is there anything good about men?

Today’s human population is descended from twice as many women as men. I think this difference is the single most underappreciated fact about gender. To get that kind of difference, you had to have something like, throughout the entire history of the human race, maybe 80% of women but only 40% of men reproduced.

For women throughout history (and prehistory), the odds of reproducing have been pretty good. Later in this talk we will ponder things like, why was it so rare for a hundred women to get together and build a ship and sail off to explore unknown regions, whereas men have fairly regularly done such things? But taking chances like that would be stupid, from the perspective of a biological organism seeking to reproduce. They might drown or be killed by savages or catch a disease. For women, the optimal thing to do is go along with the crowd, be nice, play it safe. The odds are good that men will come along and offer sex and you’ll be able to have babies. All that matters is choosing the best offer. We’re descended from women who played it safe.

For men, the outlook was radically different. If you go along with the crowd and play it safe, the odds are you won’t have children. Most men who ever lived did not have descendants who are alive today. Their lines were dead ends. Hence it was necessary to take chances, try new things, be creative, explore other possibilities. Sailing off into the unknown may be risky, and you might drown or be killed or whatever, but then again if you stay home you won’t reproduce anyway. We’re most descended from the type of men who made the risky voyage and managed to come back rich. In that case he would finally get a good chance to pass on his genes. We’re descended from men who took chances (and were lucky).

Sonny Wayze

" In that case he would finally get a good chance to pass on his genes. We’re descended from men who took chances (and were lucky)."

Wasn't there a great paragraph or two in Cryptonomicon about how a dweeby type was, in fact, a descendant of generations of serious badasses (because if they weren't badass, Mother Nature would have killed them off centuries ago)?

pst314

No offense girls (maybe a little offense,) guys are just more fun.

Cue Professor Henry Higgins, singing "Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Man?"

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