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Why Men Love the Story of the Great Escape

When people in the UK were polled as to what movie they would most like to watch on Christmas Day, the number one choice among male respondents was The Great Escape. The classic 1963 film depicting the unbelievable breakout of 76 prisoners from a German POW camp during WWII has long held an inviolable place in any library of essential movies for men....

Podcast #646: How to Win at Losing

Losing stinks. Nobody wants to suffer defeat in a game, flunk a test, or get passed over for a promotion. Losses can feel like stinging humiliations, insurmountable setbacks, like the end of the world; they can even push us to quit pursuing something we love. And yet losses can be the most instructive and meaningful parts of our lives, and be central...

Podcast #645: The Forgotten Story of the Lumberjack Commandos of WWII

Today, it’s hard to go very long without hearing about special operations forces like the Army’s Green Berets and the Navy’s SEALs. But before special operators became an ingrained part of the military’s strategy and established a prominent presence in the public eye, they existed as experimental, now largely forgotten units that were launched during...

Sunday Firesides: Lash Yourself to the Mast

During Odysseus’ epic journey back home, he encounters many obstacles that threaten to push him off course. Some of these he dispatches with his famous wits and wiles. Others, he overcomes through more practical means. Case in point: his escape from the clutches of the Sirens. Their enchanting singing would draw sailors toward their island — and the...

How to Make a Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Emergency Evacuation Survival Kit

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in March 2011. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from wilderness survival expert and instructor Creek Stewart.  The term “bugging...

How Many Times You Can Wear Your Clothes Between Washes

You don’t have to wash everything you wear after only one use. In fact, washing your clothes after wearing them just once will wear them out faster; perhaps you’ve never thought about it, but the fuzz that you clean out of the lint compartment in your dryer is composed of tiny bits of fabric that have eroded off, and other bits of fabric rinse away...

Why I Tape My Mouth Shut at Night

My bedtime routine for the past month or so has looked like this: Take out contacts.Brush and floss teeth.Say prayers.Read a book. Tape mouth shut.  *Record scratch* “Tape your mouth shut? Really, Brett? You weirdo.” Yes, it is weird, but there’s a method to my weirdness.  I got the idea from reading Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, in preparation...

How to Catch a Fish With Your Bare Hands

Catching a fish with your bare hands sounds like the sort of story you’d hear around a campfire, a tall tale to be sure. But, hand fishing works and lots of people do it. You may have heard of noodling for catfish, but other types of fish can be caught with just your hands too, and in fact, hand fishing is common enough that some areas have specific...

Podcast #644: How to Develop Greater Self-Awareness

95% of people say that they’re self-aware. But only 10-15% of people actually are. As my guest today says, that means “on a good day, 80% of us are lying to ourselves about how much we’re lying to ourselves” and this blind spot can have big repercussions for our success and happiness.  Her name is Tasha Eurich, and she’s an organizational psychologist...

A Lesson From TR & Taft on Pursuing a Life You Like

I’m in the midst of a project to read a biography of every president. With most of the men, there’s a pretty clear sense that they were glad to give up the office after their term. It’s an exhausting job in which the Oval Office occupant is relentlessly attacked by his opponents, and sometimes by his own party. Even the great acts of the presidency...

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