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  • What are the Top 13 things you should get rid of before you are 30?

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    It's hard to pinpoint when the revelation comes. Maybe it's when it takes three cups of coffee instead of one to shake a hangover. Maybe it's when you end up bringing earplugs to a rock concert. Or when you've spent all day watching a "House Hunters" marathon. Whatever the tipping point is, every man in his mid-to-late 20s must eventually face the undisputed truth—college is over.

    We'll let that sink in for a sec. Ok... still with us? Then it's time to start parting with the furniture, clothes and concepts that may be arresting your development. And, no, relying on your significant other to keep your path to maturity clear isn't going to cut it. “It’s up to you to bring order to post-adolescent chaos,” says Kay Hymowitz, the author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys. So drag out the trash bin and start taking baby steps into adulthood. Here are just a few suggestions on what needs to go to get you there.

    1. FUTONS

    There are so many reasons why a futon is a bad idea. Let's start with how incredibly uncomfortable they are. "Not only do most futons resemble extra large laundry sacks stuffed with clothes, they're not giving you the proper physical support you need when you sleep," says Vern Yip, host of HGTV's Deserving Design. As a 30-year-old adult, your bed and couch should be two separate things, not a single piece of furniture that hurts both your spinal cord and your dignity. "A futon serving as your sofa is essentially like having a folded up mattress sitting in the middle of your living room," says Yip. So unless you're a hit man laying low for the night, put the futon out to pasture.


    It's hard to argue with the logic of Ramen noodles when you're a dirt poor college student. But at 30, the criteria for a meal shouldn't be whether it costs less than a quarter. "Ramen noodles are for children," says David Burke, the chef and owner of seven restaurants (including Townhouse in NYC) and a Top Chef Masters competitor. "It's the same reason why you don't eat Fruit Loops at the age of 50." He recommends broadening your culinary horizons with exotic cuisine like handmade pastas, which aren't quite as loaded with saturated fats and MSG. If you need some assistance planning your meals, check out our Guy Gourmet blog.


    There's something undeniably badass about a filthy rock club bathroom—the legendary commode at CBGB's is just one example. But that scummy, toxic charm doesn't translate to the home of a 30-year-old man. If your bathroom didn't help launch the Ramones and yet still looks like a place where junkies hang out, it's probably time to reassess your hygiene habits. Consider that researchers at Penn State University did a study of almost 500 bathroom sink drains in 131 buildings around the country and discovered a high frequency of Fusarium. "It's a fungus known to cause potentially blinding corneal infections," says lead researcher Dylan Short. It can also lead to ringworm and dangerous skin infections that have been compared to leprosy. Scared you straight yet? Get out the damn Clorox.


    Safe sex isn't something that gets less relevant as you get older. But a penis with the smirking face of Gene Simmons isn't a good look on somebody in their third decade of being alive (or anybody else for that matter). And that doesn't even take into account that off-brand condoms may not offer much protection if they're heavy on gimmicks and low on STD preventative material. Although putting something on is better than nothing, keep in mind that more than a third of guys in a Men's Health test group rated a good ol' fashion Trojan as their favorite condom. Just make sure the thing is on right. Fumbling around with condoms is yet one more thing you should say goodbye to once you hit your 30s.


    Sure, facial hair can be a great way to create a new identity with very little effort or expense. But when you’re 30, you shouldn't need a Fu Manchu or a Handlebar to announce to the world, "Hey, look at me! I'm unique and interesting!" Amanda Sanders, a New York-based image and wardrobe consultant, says that facial hair is unprofessional and silly "unless you work in a record store." If you still insist on abstaining from razors, at least do your homework. In a study by researchers at Northumbria University, a group of women rated the same face with various degrees of facial hair. The face with a light stubble, the result of just a day or two of not shaving, consistently came out on top. So think Jeff Winger. Not Starburns.


    Never mind that Guitar Hero and Rock Band have already been supplanted by the latest shiny new objects in the video game world (hello, XBox Kinect). The fact that you have a chintzy drum set with colored pads and an axe that looks like it was made from Hasbro in your living room won't exactly impress the ladies. In fact, Adam Carolla, who writes the MH column What's Wrong With Men, thinks you should consider ditching digital simulation altogether. "I love the actual feeling of being in a car, feeling the engine's going to explode every time you shift," he says. "[Driving games] feel weird and sort of slippery-slopish. That maybe why kids are 100 pounds heavier than they were 30 years ago." In other words, go outside, learn how to play a real Fender Strat—and buy a Lamborghini.


    We understand that you're a busy guy with a lot of responsibilities and you don't have free time to take care of a living thing. But house plants aren't like kids. They aren't even like dogs. Just water them once or twice a week and you're done. Synthetic plants "suck life out of a home," says HGTV's Yip. "Unless you live in a windowless cave, there is a plant that will fit your specific natural light situation and your ability to take care of it." He recommends spending a little time at your local nursery and exploring the options for living plants. "As a last resort," he says, "go for a preserved boxwood. At least it was once real."


    You may think you're keeping those Boba Fett sheets on your bed because it's ironic, but you're not fooling anybody. What passes for irony in your 20s looks more like wistful sincerity in your 30s. Nevermind that—if you really want to have her stay over the night—you're going to need some comfortable bedding that has a thread-count over 50. We recommend Garnet Hill Signature Flannel (from $34-$124, Garnet Hill) or the Pure Beech Sateen Sheet Set ($10 for king size, Bed, Bath and Beyond). No matter which way you go, choose natural fibers, such as cotton, and avoid synthetics, which are less absorbent of the nearly half gallon of sweat and oil you secrete every night. Yeah, we know—ew, indeed.


    We're not telling you to get rid of all the porn on your computer. We're just saying that maybe you don't need so much of it. Brittany Andrews, star of such adult films asBlondes in Bondage and Femdom Ass Worship 7, says the best way to get rid of all that incriminating evidence is to "encourage a hard drive crash." If you've collected enough smut, that's probably on the horizon anyway, but there are less destructive ways to reduce your porn eco footprint. A reasonable collection should be in the megabytes, not gigabytes (keep in mind that ten percent of adults admit to having an internet porn addiction, and 70 percent of those are men). So consider taking a break from streaming and downloading stuff from RedTube for a few months. It may not only save your hard drive—it can even save your sex drive.


    Remember when your liver was seemingly made out of steel? Yeah, that's not so much true anymore. But if you must drink hard alcohol to excess, find a genre and stick with it. Once you start with a brown liquor like bourbon or scotch, that should remain your color palette for the remainder of the evening. No tequila or vodka or Jäger shots. And for the love of god, avoid any cocktails with multiple liquors and deceptively sexy names. A 30-year-old man ordering a "purple hooter" of his own volition is just making a thinly-veiled cry for help. For tips on how to upgrade your alcohol IQ, check out theRegulars blog and the Men's Health Living feature "Drink Like a Man."


    According to a recent survey by the American Osteopathic Association, just two-thirds of men in their 30s have seen a primary care physician within the last year. That may have worked in your 20s, when the majority of your health concerns were of the "emergency" variety. You didn't need to go to a hospital unless a bone was sticking out or you couldn't stop the bleeding. But things get more complicated in your 30s. "Men often wait to see a physician until they are sick," says Dr. Joseph Giaimo, an osteopathic internist and AOA Trustee. "But addressing warning signs of heart disease and other illnesses now can help prevent chronic disease in the future." Hell, if you ask nicely, the doc may still even give you a lollipop.


    When you were living in a dorm, a Grateful Dead poster taped to the wall was perfectly acceptable retro decor. But as a 30-year-old adult, "your home should be a physical manifestation of you," advises Yip, "and poster art says that you're not sure who you are." Finding actual art that reflects your unique personality may sound like a daunting task, but not if you know where to look. Yip suggests visiting websites like aperture.organd "They offer affordable fine art photography from some of the most respected fine art photographers in the world," he says. If that’s still too rich for your blood, find a local student art. If you're lucky, you can get amazing original art for less than your monthly cable bill.


    We know staring at that Yellow Power Ranger brings back fond memories of a simpler time. But you don't want to turn into a 30 year-old virgin do you? (Hey, you never know when it can grow back, even if you've already lost it.) There's nothing wrong with holding on to a few last vestiges of innocence, but nostalgia can often transform into neurosis. Just ask Matt Paxton, who runs his own clutter-removal company that's been frequently featured on the A&E reality show Hoarders. "We've seen a lot of dudes in their 50s who still have the train sets from their childhood instead of a wife," he says. "It's really sad." Consider this fair warning. Now excuse us while we sort out which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are keepers. Sorry, Donatello.


    By Eric Spitznagel

    Article from Men's Health

  • The Top 5 Lies That Men And Women Tell

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    Apparently every female stand-up comic in history was RIGHT.  Men DO lie a lot.

    --According to a new study, the average man tells three lies a day.  The average woman only tells ONE.  And men are less likely to feel GUILTY about their lies.  23% of men say they feel guilty when they lie, versus 62% of women.

    --Both men and women say they're most likely to lie to their BOSS, followed by family members and their significant other.  And men are more likely to lie to their friends than women.

    --The study also found the top five lies men and women tell.  Here they are, in order . . .

    The Top Five Lies Men Tell:

    #1.)  Yes, I've done that.

    #2.)  I didn't have a cell phone signal.

    #3.)  I'm on my way.

    #4.)  I didn't see that you called or texted.

    #5.)  I don't look at other women.


    The Top Five Lies Women Tell:

    #1.)  I'm fine.

    #2.)  I'm on my way.

    #3.)  It was on sale.

    #4.)  You look really nice.

    #5.)  I didn't have a cell phone signal.

  • Tommy's FOXERAZZI Tuesday 5th, 2013

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom came face-to-face with the Kardashian family's
    arch nemesis last night ... Kris Humphries ... after the two NBA players accidentally ended
    up at the same NYC restaurant ... at the same exact time….but…they sat at different tables, and never talked or looked at each other…..Which I’m sure in no way cut down the


    Carly Rae Jepsen has officially pulled out of a HUGE concert for the Boy Scouts of America ...  claiming she wants no part of an organization that doesn't support gay
    ights.  She was highly anticipated to perform along with Train….but if you
    think about it, do the Boy Scouts actually like Carly rae Jepsen….I mean how
    many Boyscouts are actually Carly Rae fans….not sure if this is a huge loss for
    em to be honest.


    And if you haven’t heard already, Charlie Sheen really does believe he can save Lindsay
    Lohan…which is a kinda the same as Barack Obama believing he can save the

  • NFL Player Making Sandwiches For Minimum Wage To Stay Out of Trouble

    Posted by Tommy Fox


    Running back for the St. Luis Rams, Terrance Ganaway, is back home in Waco, Texas during his NFL offseason and is working at Jimmy John's for minimum wage.


    "My number one job is being an NFL player. So don't get it confused [that] me working at Jimmy John's [is] lazy. I know what I have to do. I know how to get in shape and I know what it takes to perform at a high level" says Terrance.


    He continues to say, "Really, Jimmy John's is just to keep me out of trouble in all the down time we have in the offseason."


    Terrance is planning on working part-time until the NFL training camps open again this summer.

    You have to applaud this guy's way of handling all the temptations and pressures that pro athletes deal with on a daily basis.




  • Carly Rea Jepsen Turns Down The Boy Scouts

    Posted by Tommy Fox


    Carly Rea Jepsen has pulled herself out of performing for the Boy Scouts of America at the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia.

    Jepsen says she wants no part of an organization that does not support gay rights.

    “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of American Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen said.

    Train has also decided against performing that the Jamboree. Train says they would be more than happy to re-join the concert IF the Boy Scouts reverse their anti-gay policy.  

    It is nice to know that some celebrities still have values and will stand up for what they believe in. Good Job.

  • 4 Ways to make Mondays Suck LESS

    Posted by Tommy Fox

      If you're like most people, Monday is your least favorite day of the weeka and according to "Forbes" magazine, you can make it better.  Here are some tips to make the sunshine brighter on Mondays.

    1.)  Dress Up.  You probably can't do anything about what you've got on TODAY.  But wearing your best outfit makes you more confident.  And just looking like you're ready for work tends to make you FEEL more ready for work.

    2.)  Do Something Nice for Someone.  Or do something nice for the whole office, like bringing donuts to work.  Research has shown that one of the best ways to improve your mood is to make someone ELSE happy.

    3.)  Prepare for Monday on Friday.  If there's something at work that you dread doing on Mondays, get a head start on Friday if you can.

    4.)  Make a List of Things You're Excited for This Week.  It doesn't even have to be work-related.  Just write down three things you're looking forward to . . . like your favorite TV show, or having drinks with friends.

     That way, you'll remind yourself of some GOOD stuff that's coming up, and you won't just concentrate on how awful Mondays are.

     In fact, some people suggest ALWAYS making plans for Monday night.  Because then you'll start thinking of Mondays as a "special" day, not just the beginning of the workweek.

  • Things We Love/Hate Most About the Opposite Sex

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    Check out this new survey that was done by eHarmony.  It found the three things men and women like and hate most about each other.

    Here are the things men like BEST about their wives and girlfriends . . .

    1.)   They put up with his bad moods.

    2.)  They're affectionate.

    3.)  They take an interest in how his day went.

     And here are the three things men HATE most about their wives or girlfriends . . .

    1.)  They take too long to get ready.

    2.)  They're back-seat drivers.

    3.)  They worry too much about money.  

    And here are the three things WOMEN like best about their MEN . . .

    1.)   They can make her laugh.

    2.)  They help with household chores.

    3.)  They listen when she rants.

    And here are the three things women HATE most about their husbands or boyfriends . . .

    1.)  They can never find anything on their own.

    2.)  They're messy.

    3.)  They hog the remote.


  • Buzzer-Beater

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    A high school basketball player from Westchester, New York is celebrating after a crazy buzzer beater yesterday.

    The score was 60 to 58 with 2.9 seconds left, and a player from the winning team stole an inbound pass, and tossed the ball up in the air to burn the rest of the clock.  Which he thought was a smart idea.

    He failed to throw it HIGH enough because a player on the other team caught it, and launched a shot from 55 feet away.  At first, the referees waved it off, because they didn't think he beat the buzzer.  But they overturned it, so the final score was 60 to 61.


  • Men and women go to couples counseling together, but for VERY different reasons!

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    According to a study by a counseling company called Relate, men and women
    don't have the same goals when they go to couples therapy.

    --Women go to counseling to work on their relationship . . . to communicate
    . . . and to discuss the problems they're having with their partner.

    --And MEN? The driving force that usually gets them to decide to go is . . .
    they think it will lead to SEX.

    --Men usually take longer to realize that a relationship is in trouble . . .
    but they notice when they're getting less lovin' from their partner. And they
    consider THAT to be a problem.

    --But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Men are often more willing to work
    on their relationship because they think it will lead to more sex.

  • Jack Nicholson hits on Jennifer Lawerence at the Oscars

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    Jennifer Lawerence was giving an interview on Sunday night after winning her Oscar. Jack Nicholson came up to her during the interview and started hitting on her.

    Nicholson tells her he loved her in "Silver Linings Playbook", and she looks like an old girlfriend of his. What a classy guy.


  • Four Tips for Talking About Your Biggest Weakness in a Job Interview

    Posted by Tommy Fox

    How many job interviews have you gone to where you were asked what your biggest weakness is? According to, interviewers ask you this question because if you know what your weaknesses are, then you probably have an idea what your strengths are too.

    Here are four ways to make sure your answer to the “biggest weakness” question is a good one.

    4) Be Honest, and Don’t Mention Any Essential Skills- So if you’re applying for a desk job and you say you are not a very fast typer, you most likely will not get hired.

    3) Don’t Say Your Biggest Weakness Is That You “Work Too Hard”-  Or even that you “tend to be a perfectionist.” Both of these answers have been heard over and over again by hiring managers. It’s not original.

    2) Talk About How You’ve Conquered the Weakness- Pick something that you use to be bad at, and now you are okay at. And if possible, have a story to explain how you have overcome it.

    For example, if you think being shy is your biggest weakness, explain how you're not shy when it comes to things like meetings and conference calls. And that you actually ended up making a lot of friends at your last job.

    1) Don’t Prepare an Exact Response- You should think of your answer ahead of time but you shouldn’t be rehearsing it either. If you do, then it won’t seem as authentic.