Are these 50 things the sign of a real man? 62



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For many years we’ve had society’s expectations to deal with, no matter what gender we are. As a woman, we can feel pressured to look beautiful, youthful and graceful, and as a man in today’s world, the pressure to be a real man is in every hardware store or car ad. But what is it that truly makes you or your partner a real man? A study has found out!

According to a study of 2,000 adults by bookmakers William Hill, there are 50 things that a man can do to make him a real man, with the number one response being ‘his anniversary date’.

Other things we expect a real man should be able to do are tie a tie, polish his shoes and light a BBQ, but are those a little bit too obvious? Some other requirements of being a real man were knowing when to accept defeat and apologise, and when a woman says ‘Do what you want’, do not do what you want!

A William Hill spokesman told Daily Mail, “The results show the range of skills, facts and ways of thinking that we associate with the modern man.

“It shows a good blend of traditional values long associated with masculinity and the ability to master tasks that perhaps don’t come as easily to the modern man.

“Having confidence balanced with an attentive nature and, of course, a bit of sporting knowledge, should set men up well when checking themselves against the list”.

So how did the survey respondents do when they measured themselves up against the list? 46 per cent were able to call themselves a man, and the rest weren’t up to scratch…apparently!

Check out the list for yourself below and tell us, how many of these manly indicators can you or your partner tick off? Are they really that important? What is a real man to you?

Top 50 things every real man should know

1. His wedding anniversary date

2. Basic DIY

3. How to change a light bulb

4. How to tie up a tie

5. How to read a map

6. His partner’s favourite drink

7. How to iron a shirt

8. How to change a tyre

9. How to wet shave correctly

10. The right amount of aftershave to use

11. How to change a fuse

12. When a woman says ‘I’m fine’ she is not fine

13. How to put up a shelf

14. How to polish his shoes

15. How to give a confident handshake

16. How many inches are in a foot

17. When to accept defeat and apologise

18. Know the offside rule

19. The year England won the World Cup

20. How to do his own laundry

21. How to fix a bike puncture

22. How to jumpstart a car

23. How to parallel park

24. The difference between ale and lager

25. The best way to carve meat

26. His own height

27. How to drive in snow

28. What wires represent earth, live and neutral

29. How to introduce himself

30. His parents’ address

31. What the football scores were at the weekend

32. How to light a BBQ

33. When a woman says ‘Do what you want’ do not do what you want

34. How to change oil

35. What the biggest recent football transfers are

36. How to build a fire

37. Which way is north

38. How to use the contents of the toolbox

39. How to tune in a telly

40. How many miles are left after the petrol light appears

41. How to fix a toilet

42. How to put someone in a recovery position

43. His personal alcohol limits

44. Change a battery on a car

45. How to get a car unstuck

46. The words to the national anthem

47. How to change a nappy

48. How to perform CPR

49. How to put up a tent

50. Who are favourites to win the Premier League

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  1. Sorry all these things are bunkum just like the women’s do’s and do nots. Every person man and women is themselves we all just have to find a life partner who we can love trust and Live and let live with I do not want a perfect man because I am not a perfect women.

  2. What a lot of rubbish it goes on loyalty honesty fatherhood looking after those they love that is my husband and he hates after shave. Good man

  3. What a load of crap, who cares about the football scores or driving in snow, been a while since it snowed here in QLD.

    2 REPLY
    • He fails the snow test – since neither of us have ever seen snow let alone driven in it. As for sports scores – He maintains the team with the best (undetectable) drugs wins and certainly sets no credit on any of those thuggery sports.

  4. I think this was either a UK or USA quiz ,
    I admire a man who can make me laugh, is honest & treats me with respect

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