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6 Jun
Is this true?

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri,  6 Jun 97 20:15:46 -0700
To: Fun_People
Subject: Is this true?

[Yes, parts of this ARE true.  You'll have to figure out which parts...  -psl]

Forwarded-by: "m.b.komor" <>
Forwarded-by: "Desiree Wong" <Desiree_Wong@milstar.sp.TRW.COM>
	would any of you men care to comment?????
Forwarded-by: Tony Raymundo
Forwarded-by: Robert Jose

Men are a misunderstood lot, which all in all is probably for the best.
Women are better off not knowing that we eat with our hands the minute
they leave the room or that we use their nail clippers to trim our nose
hair.  Better for them, better for us.  Still, it's annoying that women
spend more time and money trying to understand the minds of cats than
they do wondering about what makes men tick.  Which is why they'll never

 1.	Our consuming need to own the biggest and most expensive version of
just about everything.

Our compulsive desire to drive off-road vehicles in cities and use
corkscrews that resemble off-shore drilling equipment is well-documented.
As marketing targets, men are suckers for terms like "professional"or
"industrial strength", because inside every man is the germ of every
profession he ever imagined himself one day excelling at.  Most of these
purchases are harmless, little more than childish wish-fulfilment played
out at a higher testorerone level.  But occasionally we go too far.  The
guy upstairs from me once boasted that he had a filter which filled his
flat with "operating theatre-quality air."  I kept him away from my
surgical-steel steak knives.

 2.	Why we are so bad at shopping.

We've never been trained to do it the right way.  Supermarkets are like
giant booby traps for males - which is why if you send a man out to buy
eggs, sugar and bread you should not be surprised if he returns home with
a case of wine, a pair of jeans, and a tree.

 3.	The reason why we don't like to discuss The Relationship.

Most of us will find any excuse to dodge those conversations that start
with questions like "Are you really happy?" and "Where do you see us
going?"  A relationship is a delicate thing, like an antique clock, and
we know what will happen if we start picking it apart.  Often our
reticence will result in a lengthy conversation about why we have trouble
talking about The Relationship.

 4.	Why we think we can fix things.

Almost all men believe they can repair virtually anything with a little
patience.  In reality, we're only half right.  Men are extremely good at
taking things apart: whether it's a dishwasher or an antique clock, a
man can break it down to its most basic components in no time.
Unfortunately, this is where our expertise usually leaves off, and we're
mostly satisfied with leaving bits and pieces spread all over newspaper
on the kitchen table.

 5.	Men and video games.

Women cannot understand how grown men can waste huge chunks of their
lives zapping things off a screen.  When a man repeatedly rings his
girlfriend to say he has to work late and routinely comes home at two in
the morning all glassy-eyed, she will usually take this as evidence of
an affair - when it's more likely that a pirated copy of Streetfighter
II is making the rounds at the office.

 6.	That sometimes we really are ill.

When men get ill, women are generally united in their belief that we are
faking it.  This is based on a tired old axiom stating that men will
never fully understand the agony of childbirth so deserve no sympathy
regarding matters of pain, fear or incapacitation.  For the record, it
should be noted that all men are in a constant state of feeling slightly
under the weather just from being men.  It's only a misplaced sense of
machismo that forces us from our beds every day to go into work and then
down to the pub for a couple of schooners of the only thing that ever
makes us feel any better.

 7.	The way we watch television.

Men don't just watch the TV, they plug right in.  Once we're on the right
wavelength, we can watch almost anything, including commercials, with a
slack-jawed intensity which probably drives you crazy.  Unfortunately for
women, men cannot achieve this higher state without a firm grasp on the

 8.	Our sense of humour.

When women say that what they most want from a man is a sense of humour,
they tend to mean something different from what we mean.  Women never
understand the comic genius of your mate who makes beer come out of his

 9.	Why we're so boring.

Male conversation generally relies heavily on petty obsession, technical
jargon, numbing detail and presumed expertise.  Topics that women only
feel the need to mention in passing become Test-Match length debates
among men.  True, some of us are able to combine a scintillating wit with
a flair for story-telling and a nose for gossip, but we tend to reserve
these talents for conversations with women.  Between ourselves, the drive
to talk at length about tire pressure or "Star Trek" episodes is too
alluring.  Even if your local pool team boasted Socrates, Einstein and
Oscar Wilde as members, you'd still probably have to discuss the fastest
way to get to the freeway.

10.	The male menopause.

Mid-life crisis, the seven-year itch, whatever you like to call it -
women don't understand the seriousness of this condition, instead seeing
it only as an excuse for a man to resign from his job, buy a Harley
Davidson and start a relationship with a woman a third of his age.  Like
there has to be more to it than that.

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