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This Has Nothing to Do With Anything...

...but it IS interesting. I'm probably about 50 out of 100 (if that).


Heinlein's list is better. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
"Now - That's using your dipstick Jimmah!"
I'm with ya, Fred.  Except on the item of "Die gallantly."

You first.
I was surprised that Popular Mechancs named the list,"100 Skills Every Man Should Know", instead of just "100 Skills Everyone Should Know".

Apparently they are not looking to increase their subscriptions seeing as they are leaving out slightly more than 1/2 the population.

Ah ha! Beth is offended by the testosterone takeover.
She is not alone, John.
There was a comment to that effect on the article.  And she's right:  nothing on that list should be seen as ONLY something men should know or do.  I don't remember "pee standing up" being one of them, so I'm pretty sure I'm right.

Make that... she's not alone, Argent.  heh.

Not that I disagree with the title change, but I do remember that diaper-changing was one of the skills cited, and since stereotypically that is considered the mother's baileywick I took it to mean that the men should carry their share of the load (no pun intended).  It just seems to match up with the stated title better than the suggested change.

Oh, and re: die gallantly; I believe Mr. Heinlein would agree with Patton (IIRC): You make the other poor bastard die for his country.  Of course, how you die matters; the posthumous MOH honorees died gallantly.

On the gripping hand, I may simply be belaboring the obvious. ;-)
That is, of course, Lieutenant Heinlein, U.S. Naval Academy class of '29.
Fortunately, he saw the error of his ways in 1934 and took up writing, instead...