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Stuff Every Man Should Know (Pocket Companions) Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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The range of subjects is amazingly broad. There is guaranteed to be something that you didn't know before in this book.
There is one mistake - on how to jump start a car. The tip calls for using standard jumper cables with four clamps - two Black and two Red.
Here is the sequence in the book: (starting from the step # where the clamps are attached...)
5. Red to Positive on fully charged battery
6. Red to Positive on discharged battery
7. Black to ground on metal on the dead car's engine (this step should be attaching Black to Negative on the discharged battery)
8. Black to Negative on the fully charged battery (this step should be ground to metal on the live car's engine)
Why? Because the final connection - the 4th one - will cause a spark. None of the first three connections will cause a spark because the circuit is incomplete. That spark can cause an explosion of the Hydrogen gas that MAY be leaking from either of the car batteries. The final connection should be far away from the battery (either one) as possible to avoid the potential explosion.
Buy the book anyway. It's superb.
One example of very poor advice in this book is on how to throw a punch. I suspect the author has very limited experience in actually throwing any punches and probably got the information from a karate book rather than a boxer's point of view. Pulling your opposite hand back to your hip rather than stressing the turning of the hips and waist as you throw a punch is bad advice. Your opposite hand should be held high next to your face (To block a counter attack) as you use your weight, hips and waist together when throwing a punch. One other important point. If you want to throw a knockout punch you should learn how to drop your weight as you throw the punch. This was one of the secrets the great Jack Dempsey used to knock out his opponents. For more details get a good boxing book or talk to an experienced boxer or other full contact fighters.
In conclusion, this book was fun to read and it did have some very useful and sometimes humorous tips; however, you may want to check out some of the suggestions with an expert in the field.
Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tips in here, although some of the advice could use some updating.Published 21 days ago by F.D.
Got this as a birthday gift, and while some of it is "common sense" stuff, its still a great read and a handy reference guide!Published 24 days ago by Daniel Whitney
Bought it for five of my boys (ages between 15 to 21) and they all loved it. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Nunyo
Nice piece of stuff that is perfect addition to my collection. So happy to have it and i really find it awesome.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The perfect stocking stuffer for my boyfriend. It has a lot of helpful information.Published 1 month ago by Chelsea Lynn