The Male Perspective: 83 Eye-Opening Facts About Men

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1Paul Revere

Paul Revere

Paul Revere did not complete his famous ride, he was captured by the British. He was riding with two other men, William Dawes escaped, then fell off his horse. The third man, Dr. Samuel Prescott, was the only one who actually made it to their destination, Concord.

2. Lord Acton's famous quote 'Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' is immediately followed by 'Great men are almost always bad men'.

3. Hugh Jackman, at 1.90 (6ft 3in), stands 30cm taller than Wolverine, portrayed in the comic as 1.60 (5ft 3in). When they made X-Men (2000) the filmmakers were forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or from the waist up to make him appear shorter, and his co-stars wore platform soles.

4. In 1780, a slave named Elizabeth Freeman essentially ended slavery in Massachusetts by suing for her freedom on the basis that the new state constitution declared that all men are born free and equal.

5. Post-relationship grief affects men, in the long term, more than women.

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Hugh Jackman accidentally stabbed the Mystique stuntwoman in the arm while filming the first X-Men movie. She looked at the gaping hole in her arm and said 'Yes! I have been stabbed by Wolverine!'

7. David Bowie's first TV appearance was in 1964 at the age of 17, but was not for his music. He was interviewed on the BBC's Tonight show as the founder of 'The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men'.

8. Silas Soule, an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony.

9. In a study on the appeal of chocolate, it took researchers 1 year to find 11 men who don't like chocolate

10. Women are twice as likely to initiate a suicide attempt but Men are four times more likely to succeed.

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11Wilhelm Zahn

Wilhelm Zahn

Winston Churchill, along with many of the Royal Navy's highest ranking men, came very close to death after the ship they were on was fired at by a U-boat with 3 torpedoes. All three struck the hull of the ship, but all failed to explode.

12. There is an anime and manga in Japan called Saint Young Men, which is about Jesus and Buddha living as roommates in Tokyo while taking a vacation on Earth and attempting to understand Japanese society.

13. The revolving door was invented because the inventor disliked the social convention of men holding doors for women.

14. About 50% of the men ejaculate in under two minutes and the average male expects to have intercourse for 18 minutes.

15. The first deodorant for men was launched in 1935 (decades after the introduction of deodorants for women) because, at the beginning of the 20th century, body odor was not considered a problem for men; it was a part of being masculine.

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16Homeless men

Homeless men

A study found that nearly half of all homeless men had suffered a "traumatic" brain injury, with 87% having sustained the injury prior to becoming homeless

17. In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman (Ruth Coker Burks) single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn't claim them.

18. A ten-year psychological study found that men who kissed their wives before leaving for work, on average lived five years longer, earning 20 to 30% more than peers who left without a kiss.

19. It's illegal for offices in NYC to require men to wear ties without also requiring women to wear ties

20. In 1859, an American farmer in the San Juan Islands shot a pig who was eating his potatoes, but the pig happened to belong to a British colonist. In the ensuing confrontation, 461 Americans and 14 artillery faced 5 British warships with 70 cannons and 2140 men. The only casualty was the pig

21Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey

Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey launched a 'Great Building Campaign' during the Great Depression with the aim of employing more people. When he was told that a steam shovel being used on a project did the work of 40 men, he instructed his foreman: "Take them off. Hire 40 men."

22. A Chinese general named Zhuge Liang with 100 troops who had to defend a town against 150,000. He told his men to hide, flung open the gates and sat on the walls playing the lute. The opposing general, certain it was a trap, ordered a retreat

23. There was a religion in medieval Europe called Cathar. It was a splinter of Christianity, and they held beliefs such as women and men being equal and homosexuality being tolerated.

24. Between 120 and 140 men, women and children were killed on September 11, 1857, in Utah, when Mormons attacked and slaughtered a wagon train with the help of local Indians the bodies were stripped of belongings by Mormons and sold off at local auctions for profit

25. Michael Caine once held Sean Connery’s coat while the James Bond star single-handedly beat up four men in a nightclub.

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