Tips to be prepared for the unmanly moments
Whether you're known as The Man, Top Dog or Master of the Universe, there are some embarrassing moments that can make you feel quite, well, unmanly. Here's a list so that you can be prepared.
Not so happy meal
You've finally managed to score a date with the woman you've had your eye on for months. Everything is going swimmingly: the restaurant strikes the right balance of romance and fun and everything is leading up to a second date.
Only one small glitch — the restaurant won't accept your card and to make matters worse, you've left cash at home. You don't want to make a scene and you really don't want your date to have to pay. Guys, just let her. Apologise profusely, but do not make a scene. And here's the silver lining: she can't say no to a second date because you owe her.
You're pumped — you've joined a new gym to tone up. You've got your new shoes on and feel chuffed that you've graduated to the 15 kg weights. The cutie who works the treadmill's been noticing you too.
Then in walks Mr Muscles. He's toned, tanned and obviously been at it much longer than you have. Is he double the man you are? Well, there's only one thing to do boys, keep at it. Soon you'll be the Mr Muscles that has the ladies swooning.
You started off the weekend well enough, loaded the wife and kids into the car for the family picnic. The open road beckons...only it's filled with incessant whining from the kids, frazzled rebukes from the missus and you, and the worst — the tween insists on playing One Direction on loop. Could it get worse? What happened to your youth, assertiveness and things that made you 'The Man'?
Oh wait, it just zipped by in the sports car with that handsome 20-something and his pals. Don't sulk... you're rich and in love, at least that's what you need to keep telling yourself. Also, try channelling your inner Jason Statham and drive on.
Sing out loud
There are just some songs you cannot stop yourself from singing out loud to (damn you, catchy 80s tunes). And while it's all fun and games when you're alone or with a trusted few, what happens when you belt out Wilson Phillips's Hold On and in walks your boss/crush/ nemesis?
Your voice will crack, your palms will sweat and you'll do anything for them not to have heard that which is reserved for teenage girls. And that snide side glance is not going to help you feel any more macho. But you know what? Sing out loud and sing proud — it helps save face.
Justin Timberlake belts out numbers like a boss and no one questions his manliness for it
Recently, at a restaurant, President Obama's credit card was rejected so Michelle had to pay for dinner
If a toned hunk like John Abraham starting working out next to you in the gym, it could well hit your not so-small ego