Monday, October 06, 2008

80 skillz

The Popular Mechanics Editorial Staff just published a list of 80 things every man should know how to do.

If I'm one hundred percent honest with myself, I can only do 43 of them. Of course, they don't include manly things like "blog", "shoot rubber bands", or "be one hundred percent honest with myself." Those things go without saying, I guess.

Anyway, while I was reading them off of the website, Lou announced he maintained more of these mad skills than KT. We decided it deserved a blog post.

Of the following list, those in bold are in the Mike Garvey skill set:

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

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

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

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

So? How'd you do?


Annie said...

heres a little medical know how... to reverse hypothermia use lots of blankets...
now you can check that off your list. dr. carr

Garvey said...

If you listen to Voyage of the Mimi, I thought you were supposed to get everyone nekkid in one sleeping bag. Depending on the patient, that should be the solution to every illness, I say.

kt said...

I posted my know how....check it out:

GabsOSteel said...

i can do #51... sorta. sure, it left some scars, but that didn't stop me from trying again. i'm glad they made us wear helmets.

i can also do #53. i'm really good at tacking, especially when i'm the one who gets to shout "helms a-lee".

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm gonna go for the weird one...
Get blood stains out of fabric? Spit on it (a lot), and then rub until blood starts to break up. If the person spitting can be the same person who did the bleeding, so much the better. It all has to do with enzymes an' shit, you know...That being said, afterwards you're gonna want to wash the fabric as you normally would...