Find the secret to tearing a phone book in half. A recent post from The Art of Manliness blog. I’ve tried and it works!
Like most people, I’ve long stopped using the phone book to look up phone numbers and use Google instead. But like most people, I still get a giant phone book delivered to my door every single year. I typically just toss it into the recycling bin as soon as I get it, but this year I didn’t.
Instead I tore my phone book in half with my bare hands. And then I recycled it.
Tearing a phone book in half is a classic strongman feat of strength. Old-time strongmen like George F. Jowett amazed spectators in the 1920s and 30s with phone book tearing demonstrations. As a kid, I remember watching the Power Team rip through thick phone books during school assemblies while simultaneously warning us kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
While tearing a phone book in half does require strength, there’s also a trick to it (though some strongmen can tear phone books without using it). Below, our very own Mr. Know Your Lifts — who enjoys ripping things up when he’s not pumping iron — demonstrates how to tear a phone book in half with your bare hands in five simple steps.
Step 1: Grab Phone Book With Both Hands
Place your thumbs on top and your fingers underneath one of the edges of the phone book (excluding the edge that is the binding). You can either tear the phone book by its length or its width — either way it will be impressive.
Every year I go through the decision making process of whether or not to run the Kentucky Derby Festival half marathon. I have not graduated up to the full marathon yet for one main reason. That reason and the decision making process all centers around one key element: TIME.
I have determined that busyness is a relative term. Before we had kids, I thought I was busy. Now that we have kids, I think “What did we use to do with all our time?” Every new stage of life a person enters into comes with its own set of challenges that seem to take up all of our time. I would imagine that in a few years when we enter into the next phase of life and the demands for our time changes, we will once again ask ourselves, “What did we use to do with all our time?”
So even though TIME is the key element in my decision making process, it is not because I am busy or don’t have enough it. It is because I value it and want to use it wisely. I have a wife and two children that I love to give my time. Going into training mode requires that the time that I have with those people gets diminished. Do I value running in the half marathon more than the time I have with my family?
For a full marathon, I can expect to double that commitment in time each day and duration of the training program. My training program for a half is about 2 good months, which is pretty short. I would expect to train for four months for a full.
So the question remains and will remain for at least a few more weeks. Everything you need to know to participate in the KDF marathon can be found here or from one of the links below.
Join Crossings this summer as we study the life of John the Baptist.
He must become greater, I must become less
-John the Baptist