Wednesday, 19 November 2008

A handy man

tool-fist-470-1008 In his 'Notebooks of Lazarus Long' Robert Heinlein famously averred that every 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."

Popular Mechanics updates Heinlein's list with 100 Skills Every Man Should Know: 2008's Ultimate DIY List.

Try their quiz to see just how human you're being.

8 comments:

  1. "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."

    Sounds like Sarah Palin. But to the Libs, she's a figure of hate and scorn. Gonna make your mind up or what?

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  2. Redbaiter obviously scored zero, and he's bitter.

    Annie Fox just scored 9. Eat your gallant hearts out.

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  3. You're only supposed to do it once, KG. :-)

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  4. 11. But how am I supposed to distinguish between the consistency of grits and chunky peanut butter when I have never eaten or even seen grits, despite having lived in the States? I should therefore up my score by at least one, but I won't.

    DenMT

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  5. Now having read the full article, I feel very puffed up indeed. I'm sure my chest sprouted a few extra hairs when I pulled off the Heimlich manoeuvre on a friend who was choking on a piece of ice. I have also learned removing ticks over here in Sweden by necessity, and live in fear of the little fuckers. They're known as 'fästingar' and have wrecked otherwise awesome mushroom-hunting expeditions.

    I reckon MIG and TIG welding should be on the list.

    DenMT

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  6. Strip and rebuild a V-8 engine. Extra points for a V-12.

    LGM

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