Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Ask most guys how they feel when they catch a cold and they will describe it as being more intense for them than their female counterparts. Ask a woman and they would describe guys as “big babies” when they get sick. Sorry ladies turns out they might be right.

Commonly and not-so-affectionately known as the “man flu” is a phenomenon when a guy gets sick and seems to suffer more than a woman, according to Dr. Kyle Sue.

Dr. Sue arrived at this conclusion by compiling a mix of prior studies, a little science, and a little speculation. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” said Dr. Sue in a British Medical Journal article.

Apparently, guys hang onto those viruses a bit longer and even experience symptoms that are more intense than women. So, what’s the culprit and what makes guys different when it comes to the flu? Testosterone, of course! Well, at least that what some lab rats have suggested.

Guys can also expect to be hospitalized with the common cold or flu while women at the same age have an easier time fighting it at home.

The study’s results also focused on the length of time guys would also be sick which can last TWICE as long as women.

Some minor details that might have been overlooked didn’t take into account the overall health of men and women at the time of illness. Instead, it looked at the same type of viruses and the age of men and women with the flu.

Dr. Sue (who happens to be a man as well) admits that more studies need to be conducted before the “big babies” debate can finally be put to bed. Either way, go easy on your man when he gets sick—testosterone and our cave man ways still get in the way.

Singles Have More Sex During the Holiday Season According to Trojan

Singles Have More Sex During the Holiday Season According to Troja

Some 60% of sexually active singles will be hooking up during the holiday season, according to a study released by prophylactic giant, Trojan. It’s hard not to take the release of this new research seriously considering the source.

The data was based on 1,000 responses from singles between the ages of 18 and 24 having sex on a regular basis. Of those polled, two out of five plan to squeeze in a hookup with someone they don’t know while one-third plan on reaching out to an ex for sex during the holidays while visiting family back home.

This means that things are going to get hot in the surroundings of Dawson’s Creek posters and soccer trophies. We’ve all been there, but this next bit of feedback is a little odd.  A whopping 34% of those surveyed would not be thwarted from having sex while the whole family is over for grandma’s strudel and carols.

So, where are they finding these hookups? Thanks to technology, 73% will text or message them and 50% are using a dating app like Tinder.

However, what isn’t odd is what got these singles in the mood—watching romantic movies while curled up by a warm fire. If you need some inspiration, here is a list of 8 Netflix and Chill movies

Thankfully, 80% of respondents also claimed that they will be practicing safe sex or at least see the value in using one.

What’s your holiday hookup story?

7 Insanely Cool Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

7 Insanely Cool Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

It’s the holiday season and guess what? Most guys still want cool gifts even if their interests still revolve around sports, grilling meats, sex or bigger TVs to watch NFL RedZone.

Here are 7 insanely cool holiday gift ideas for any guy in your life.

Officially Licensed NCAA Illuminated Trailer Hitch CoversThe perfect gift for the sports fan that has everything. Show your support for your favorite sports’ team whether it’s the NFL, NCAA, MLB, or the NBA TailTitans has got you and your trailer hitch covered. Available on TheTailTitan.com for $149 (when using discount code BLACKFRIDAY100). 

Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger—This is the droid that the Star Wars guy in your life is looking for. This officially-licensed Star Wars charger means that he can no longer use the excuse that his cell phone died so he couldn’t call you back. The two 2.1 Amp ports allow you to charge two gadgets at the same time. BB-8’s head moves, rotates and makes authentic sounds, but you can always mute the effects if it’s getting on your nerves. Available on thinkgeek.com $39.99 

Weber® iGrill® 3 Digital Bluetooth Thermometer—This gadget will have your grill master geeking out this holiday season. The iGrill® 3 digital Bluetooth thermometer means that you never have to leave the sofa to monitor your grilling temps. This little tool monitors meats using probes that send updates to your smartphone or device and lets you know when those ribs are at the perfect temp. Best of all, you have the option to connect up to four different probes so you can have the most kick-ass mixed grill on the street.  Available on target.com. $95.99

Cooper Cooler Tailgater Rapid Beverage and Wine Chiller—No time to chill that beer? No worries, because this beverage chiller brings bottles or cans of beer to the optimal temperature in just a few minutes. Key product features include setting for bottles of wine, soda or any standard-sized beer. Available at bedbathandbeyond.com $99

6DOLLARSHIRTS—We bet your guy doesn’t have these t-shirts. As the name implies, these unique and trendy tees start at just six bucks or you can score 10 for fifty bucks. Choose from one-of-a-kind designs including partying, graphics and vintage, TV and movies, gaming and more! Available on http://6dollarshirts.com/ $6

Exotic Meats Jerkygram—What mountain man doesn’t want a variety of dried meats. This sample of jerky comes with a ostrich, alpaca, alligator, wild boar and buffalo-trapper style jerky. Perfect for the outdoorsman junky this makes the perfect protein snack. Available on mancrates.com $39.99 In The Box

What Do You Meme? Party Game—Got a Cards Against Humanity ace? Get him to step up his game with this board game based on internet memes. Perfect for showing off or showing his ass at parties. Either way, enjoy with friends and booze. zapals.com $16.99

 Best Damn Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey

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I love the hell out of my turkey fryer and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to fry up a bird. It also gives me a good excuse to hang outside with a beer as early at 10am. Over the years, I’ve tried out a few rubs. Some too spicy and some too bland but this turkey rub is the most flavorful one, hands down. 

Just a couple of quick tips before I deliver this recipe. Unless you want the fire department at your house or a night in an emergency room, do NOT fry a turkey that is not COMPLETELY thawed. The grease temperature gets scorching hot and it will burst into flames. Also, don’t forget to pat-dry your turkey and invest in a good thermometer for the best cooking. 

In fact, watch this handy turkey frying safety video from firefighters. Hey, they would know. 

Ok, now you are ready for the recipe

Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey 

Ingredients:

2 cups Italian dressing—I use the pre-mixed, but you can make your own with this homemade Italian dressing recipe 

1/2 cup cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1/2 cup black pepper

1 cup Cajun seasoning. I like to use Tony Chachere’s but buy whatever you want h2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions:

Grab a medium mixing bowl toss in your dry ingredients first including your cajun Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, whisk in your Italian dressing and melted butter and add to dry mix—making sure to completely saturate all ingredients. 

Rub mixture all over turkey making sure to completely coat it. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover ingredients such as Italian dressing, give the inside of the turkey a rub as well.  As with all rubs…allow to marinate at least 24 hours before cooking. 

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t burn the house down. 

How to Survive Meeting Your Girlfriend’s Family at Thanksgiving

How to Survive Meeting Your Girlfriend’s Family at Thanksgiving

I still remember the first time I met my first serious girlfriend’s family for the first time. Before I go into the details, I want to let you know that the girl you think you know may be nothing like her family, or worse (in my case)—could be like them. And if you plan on meeting your girl’s family for the first time, doing it at Thanksgiving is a brave move. 

It all started with a few beers, a few shots and a bottle of wine during dinner. I was living in NYC in a cramped apartment that was scarcely 400 square-feet and had the nerve to call itself a two-bedroom one-bath place. 

Stumbling home, my inhibitions were replaced with the word words, I love you. At least that’s what my girlfriend thought I said. And so, a plan was hatched (by her) to buy plane tickets to visit her family as a plus one to Florida. 

I didn’t really know much about her family outside of the fact that her mother liked red wine and her father loved to play pool in the game room. She spoke of the bond that she had with her older sister who lived next door to their parents and how her brother deserved more compassion because of the shitty hand life had dealt him. 

The reality? Within the first five minutes of meeting her mother she asked me if I wanted to get high (to the horror of my girlfriend), her sister was insanely jealous of her and spent around 10 minutes talking about herself and my girlfriend’s most embarrassing party fouls like that time she danced on a bar or had to pee in the glow of car tail lights at an outdoor concert. Basically, her sister was performing a textbook cock block. 

And her brother might have had is own set of issues, but his humor was insulting and not in a good Don Rickles kind of way. He just kept poking fun at everyone at a fifth-grade level and intellect. He also stepped outside to hit a bong every few minutes and “mom” joined in. 

Needless to say, the flight home was a quiet one and I barely spoke to my girlfriend as I mulled over the past 38 hours of uncomfortable beds and moments. I damn near broke up with her before we even touched down at LaGuardia. 

Here are my takeaways from surviving meeting your girlfriend’s family: 

-Expect the unexpected or be prepared for your girlfriend to act a little “off.” Remember, these are her people or the ones that raised her and impacted who she is today. Or, it could go the other way and she clams up and retreats. Be ready to go into full observation mode. 

-Avoid the topic of religion and politics at all costs, and get the hell out of any room where Fox News or CNN is on. Seriously, high tail it out of there. 

-Don’t get drunk with the pervy alcoholic uncle in the family. Actually, don’t get drunk with the family alcoholic. Want to know which one is the heavy drinker? Typically, it’s the first person to pop the cork the earliest in the day. 

-Bite your tongue. You are most likely being sized up as worthy to date their daughter, so everything you are saying is being analyzed. You may even be baited into talking about sex, and not necessarily with your girlfriend but just general locker room talk. Instead of sharing any conquests or regrets over a beer goggle hookup, turn the conversation back to the stories of the guy conducting the covert inquest. 

Follow these steps and you should stay out of trouble. One additional bit of advice….keep the visit short as in 48 hours or less. 

Judge Orders Guy to Write 140 Nice Letters to Ex-Girlfriend

Judge Orders Guy to Write 140 Nice Letters to Ex-Girlfriend

Don’t piss off female judges in Hawaii. Well, don’t piss off a judge in any state. Sometime last week, some guy allegedly went off his nut and decided it was a good idea to text his ex-girlfriend 144 times in just three hours—give or take.

It was a psycho move that can’t be explained away by a night out with the boys that ended with too many shots and 144 bad decisions. Turns out, this guy’s ex-girlfriend had a protection order against him from back in February. I’m gonna guess over some nasty text messages as well. Maybe some threats here and there. 

When your texting game averages 48 texts in one hour and lasts for three hours, this isn’t your first time. So, in addition to $2,400 in fines, 157 days behind bars, and 200 hours of community service (let’s hope he can’t take his phone along) Judge Rhonda Loo threw another assignment at him—writing nice letters about his ex on actual paper. 

“For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing, said Judge Loo according to an AP release. Judge Loo also ordered the 30-year-old man to refrain from repeating any word in those letters. Dannng!

Judge Loo felt it necessary to point out that it’s childish for a grown man to be so thumb happy. Hmmm, that sounds familiar.

Most guys are no stranger to cringe-worthy moments such as a string of voicemails or text messages after our girls were cheating but this is a new level altogether.

Have you ever over-texted an ex or stalked your girl on Instagram? 

6 Urinal Etiquette Rules for Guys

6 Urinal Etiquette Rules for Guys

I went to visit a client last week and made a quick pit stop for a piss before heading back to the office. I pushed the door open and glanced at one occupied stall, one open stall and walked directly to the wall of three unoccupied urinals.

I grabbed the urinal farthest away from the guy in the stall that sent me a reminder of his presence with a forced courtesy cough.

Apparently, I really had to pee to the point of enjoyment through the relief of relieving myself until I heard the creak of the door. Like most guys, I did a little prostate push to finish off the job.

In walks this guy who was maybe in his early twenties and looked fairly normal but being in mid-piss I didn’t want to make eye contact. Instead, I used my peripheral vision to make sure he knew the unspoken rules of the men’s room. He didn’t. He not only moved to the middle urinal which was next to me but he made the mistake of attempting to strike up a “how’s the weather” conversation.

In one quick motion and with practiced precision, I zipped up my fly and turned on my heels to the sink behind me. You know, thinking that he would stop talking to me after I forced out a mumble agreeing with how cold it was this morning and how it might get warmer later. All I knew is that it was getting too damn hot and uncomfortable in that cramped space. Halfway during my cajoling about the mood of the barometer, the occupant of stall number one let out another gurgle which signaled my expected exit. I’m not sure if my friendly urinal mate picked up on that cue—I was too busy getting the hell out of there.

This annoying experience made me think that I need to talk about today’s urinal rules for guys. Some of these rules should be obvious and some are new rules based on technology.

Rule 1.  If another urinal is available, make sure it’s not next to an occupied one.

Rule 2.  No striking up a conversation with a stranger at the urinal even you’re separated by an unoccupied one. Think of it as the elevator and step back and stay quiet until you know it’s ok. 

Rule 3.  No texting or talking on your phone while taking a pee. It’s not o.k.

Rule 4.  Don’t spend 30 seconds “shaking the dew off the lily.” Any length of time longer than 5 seconds turns into another favorite activity you do alone. 

Rule 5. The urinal is not a trash can.  I don’t want to see you hock up a loogie, spit out your gum or even chewing tobacco. And even if I don’t see you do it, I don’t want to look down to see it sitting on top of a urinal cake.

Rule 6.  WASH YOUR HANDS. I’ve been known to call out restaurant employees that try to bolt out the door without hitting the sink first. I don’t think I have to explain this one. WASH YOUR HANDS.

Did I miss any?