"ManVentions": The Manliest Book of Man-tastic Innovations

From power tools to the KFC Double Down, a chronicle of the best things modern science has made for men.


Microwave ovens. ATMs. Duct Tape. What do they all have in common? They're among the greatest manventions of the modern age featured in ManVentions: Inventions Men Can't Live Without by Bobby Mercer. Peppered with "Man-Dates" (important moments in history) and "Man-Tastic Facts" (trivia) throughout the entries, the book is the veritable Encyclopedia Brotanica of the best inventions that make any man's life easier. Most of Mercer's selections are spot-on; we wouldn't want to live in a world without DVRs, air conditioning, or snooze buttons. However, some of his choices are questionable. Take the KFC Double Down. Yes, every man enjoys a greasy, artery-clogging dish from time to time, but this entry should have been sandwiched between a few unlisted manventions: Beta blockers and triple-bypass surgery. Others things we can do without: Mafia Wars (no one wants their inbox flooded with invites to a Facebook game) and the vuvuzuela (who thought we'd long for the days when foghorns monopolized white noise at sporting events?). Regardless, ManVentions remains a humorous take on the technological advancements of the past century, and reminds men what's so great about having a Y-chromosme.

ManVentions: Inventions Men Can't Live Without by Bobby Mercer is available today at select booksellers and www.amazon.com.

— By Maggie Mallon

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