One year ago, Devin Graham filmed his daring crew jumping from Corona Arch (in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah) to swing on a 100-foot rope. If that wasn’t thrilling enough, they topped it this year by creating a 400-foot rope swing between two cliffs.
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The location was undisclosed and described as “the tundra,” but again, it looks like somewhere in Southern Utah. The film was made after several days of camping in temperatures close to zero. The giant slot canyon rope swing was rigged by professionals at Slackline Media. Another interesting feature of the video was the aerial shots. These clips were filmed with a camera attached to a remote-controlled helicopter called the octocopter.

Writing this I asked myself if I had the guts to do it. I think “yes,” but wonder if I would hesitate in the moment. That’s probably what makes these guys/gals different. For a moment they silence the fears and jump. No regrets. So, if all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?


I’ve been listening to a healthy amount of podcasts each day. Is there an unhealthy amount? Well anyway, a couple of the podcasts that I’m subscribed to are Scientific American’s 60-Second Science and 60-Second Mind. Between the two podcasts, three episodes stuck out to me. According to the studies mentioned below, we can boost our mental capabilities by making simple body movements.

Boost Creativity with your Eyes

We sometimes refer to ourselves as being right-brained or left-brained. The left hemisphere of the brain is verbal, logical and structured. The right hemisphere of the brain tends to be more visual, creative, and spontaneous. When brainstorming ideas it is beneficial to have both hemispheres working together. Scientists, through a study that is about a year old, found a way to get both hemispheres to communicate better together when a performing a creative problem solving task. It is as simple as moving your eyes from side to side for about 30 seconds before beginning the task. Study subjects who did this body movement were able to come up with more unique ideas than the control test subjects. To learn more about the study or listen to the podcast episode, check out Boost Your Creativity with Eye Movement.

Increase Self-Control with your Muscles

Having trouble saying “no” to the leftover pumpkin pie sitting on the counter after Thanksgiving dinner? A recent study shows that the simple body movement of tightening any muscle will increase your self-control. However, there is an additional step that must be in place before tightening a muscle. To successfully exercise willpower, an overall goal like a desire to be healthy, must be in place. To learn more about the study or listen to the podcast episode, check out Clenched Muscles Assist Self-Control.

Enhance Cognitive Ability with your Feet

Want to jump start your mind before a difficult mental task? Take a step back. Or even better yet, four steps back. This works because it taps into the negative emotions associated with backing away from an object. These negative emotions were found to enhance brainpower. The subjects who took four steps back improved accuracy and timing for the task while the subjects who took four steps forward had the opposite effect. To learn more about the study or listen to the podcast episode, check out Our Bodies, Our Brains.


I’ve recently been looking for a good air freshener for my car without it being too citrusy, fruity, flowery, or perfumey. The question is: What should a man’s car smell like? Deodorant? Cologne? Old Spice?

Grunting through the store aisles hunting for manly fragrance products, the only one that seemed to fit the requirements was the Little Trees New Car Scent, but even that fragrance is too perfumey. I’ve heard that some guys use Febreze but I’m not exactly sure what Febreze even smells like and who wants to spray down their car all the time?

Well, this started a hilarious discussion with my sister that led to making up manly scents like Locker Room, Chili con Carne, Fight Club, Used Matches, and TV Dinners.

Later, I searched the interwebs for the answer and ran across a funny video about scented candles called Mandles.

Mandles – Candles for Men, Manly Men
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Other great answers that I read on the web were 4 Wheelin’, Burnt Rubber, Fast Food, Sawdust, New Athletic Shoes, New Racquetballs, Fresh Cut Grass, Shotgun Cartridge, Superglue, Paint Chips, Markers, Baseball Cards, and WD-40.

For now, the answer for me is to enjoy the weather and drive with the windows down, an unscented car freshener.

Got any other great manly scent ideas? Share them in the comments!


BillShrink created another great infographic showing costs and stats of love.

Valentine's Day: By the Numbers - Billshrink

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The latest Muppets video starring Beaker.  He gets to see what it’s like out there performing on the interwebs.

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Don’t be a 49ers fan in the Eagles house during winter

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