Writer and illustrator Aubrey Hirsch jokingly asked her Twitter followers what is a “universal thing that most men like?” because she was writing a comic and “just realized that I don’t know any men in real life. The tweet inspired an avalanche of funny responses.
Hirsch is the author of “Why We Never Talk About Sugar,” a collection of short stories, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Child, American Short Fiction, and Time.
The interesting thing about the responses is that they weren’t the typical stereotypes about men. She didn’t have many people talking about sex, sports, or toxic masculinity. Instead, a lot of people mentioned very specific male behaviors as if they were talking about some weird species they discovered in the wild.
There are two things that got the most comments on his post. First, men like to throw heavy objects into bodies of water. Preferably, the bigger the rock, the deeper the body of water and from the highest possible vantage point.
The other monitors the construction sites. Obviously, the phenomenon is so popular in Italy that there is a specific word for this type of person in Italian.
Here are 19 of the best answers to the question “What is the universal thing that most men love?”
When asked why men love watching construction sites so much, a poster on Reddit named justdaps had the perfect answer. “I just find it really satisfying and interesting to see the process behind things being built,” he wrote.
Jump a stone an unexpected number of times on a lake
—Van Weasel (@vanweezer) March 21, 2022
standing while watching TVhttps://t.co/RJBUGPyJBw
— Russ Shanahan (@russshanahan) March 23, 2022
I’ve seen guys do this and I’ve done it myself plenty of times. I usually stand in front of the TV when I really want to focus on what’s going on and don’t want to be distracted. This usually happens when watching sporting events or the news. It’s also a great way to use your body language to let others know that something really important is happening on TV.
A man will buy a knife, and if there is another man, he will ask to hold it and admire it for 4 seconds, then return it and say: “Good”.
— Nathan (Elemeno P) (@realNathanWheat) March 22, 2022
If a guy walks under a low hanging sign, he will jump up and try to tap the bottom of the sign as he passes.
Guys love being asked to open jars.
Power tools. Give a guy a new drill and he’ll wander around looking for stuff that needs holes.
— Alan Morgan (@lettersndigits) March 21, 2022
When we do this 99% of the time, we’re pretending the backboard is 10 feet tall and we have the ability to dunk a basketball. There are two types of men, those who can dunk and mere mortals.
Memorize favorite lines from their favorite movies, then recite them with their friends (or even strangers) who have also memorized them, doing entire scenes. Extra points for using accents. A true source of unparalleled amusement and male bonding.
— cautiously optimistic 🙏🏼✌🏻 (@BethCal84918882) March 22, 2022
As a man, this one is near and dear to my heart. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent with my friends tossing lines of “The Big Lebowski” back and forth.
“The guy remains.”
“Say what you want about the principles of National Socialism, man. At least it’s a philosophy.
One movie that climbs the most-cited ranks is another buddy pic, “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood.”
“Okay, it’s too hot. What can we do against this heat? … “Rick, it’s a flamethrower.”
Using tie-down straps to secure a load to the back of a truck, then twist the straps and say “it’s not going anywhere”
— Gom Jabbarjaw (@SensitiveWigi) March 22, 2022
When my father had to cut branches off a dead tree, neighboring men gathered with various saws from all corners of the subdivision. It was like a siren song.
— Liz (@WarmestRegardss) March 21, 2022
Posing for photos while holding fish.
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) March 22, 2022
With a wood fire and a long branch, 100 out of 100 men will find a reason to light the fire every few minutes. Just, you know, to make sure everything burns evenly.
—Patrick Fessenbecker (@pfessenbecker) March 21, 2022
explain things to women
— ˗ˏˋ Hayley DeRoche ˎˊ˗ (@hayleyderoche) March 21, 2022
Unfortunately, it’s true and men do way too much.
When shopping at a grocery store, lean forward with your forearms on the handle of the cart, as you walk up and down the aisles
— Joe DellaGatta (@JoeDellaGatta) March 23, 2022
Obviously, after reading the responses, Hirsch knew what was going to happen next. No need to be ashamed of going viral. It just means you’ve created something people love.
I really feel for the poor Buzzfeed intern who is currently looking for the perfect gifs to make into an article that will support 8 commercials.
—Aubrey Hirsch (@aubreyhirsch) March 22, 2022
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