The Man Code
If a buddy is already singing along to a song in the car, you may
not join him.
Under no circumstances may two guys share an umbrella.
Any man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally
killed and eaten by his fellow attendees.
When you are queried by a buddy's wife, girlfriend, mother, father,
priest, shrink, dentist, accountant, or dog walker, you need not -
and should not - provide any useful information whatsoever as to his
whereabouts. You are permitted to deny his very existence.
Unless he murdered someone in your immediate family, you must bail a
friend out of jail within 12 hours.
You may exaggerate any anecdote told in a bar by 50 percent without
recrimination. Beyond that, anyone within earshot is allowed to
call out, "Bullshit!" (Exception: When trying to pick
up a girl, the allowable exaggeration rate rises to 400 percent).
If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is
The minimum amount of time you have to wait for another guy who's
running late is 5 minutes. For a girl, you are required to wait
10 minutes for every increment of hotness she scores on the classic
"1-to-10" Babe Scale.
Complaining about the brand of free beer in a buddies refrigerator
is forbidden. You may, however, gripe if the temperature is unsuitable.
No man is ever required to buy a birthday present for another man.
In fact, even remembering a friend's birthday is strictly optional
Agreeing to distract the ugly friend of a hot babe that your buddy
is trying to hook up with is your legal duty. Should you get carried
with your good deed and end up having sex with the beast, your pal is
forbidden to speak of it, even at your bachelor party.
Before dating a buddy's "ex", you are required to ask his
permission. He, in return, is required to grant it.
Women who claim they "love to watch sports" must be regarded as
spies until they demonstrate a knowledge of the game and the ability to
a buffalo wing clean.
If a guy's zipper is down, that's his problem. You didn't see
The universal compensation for buddies who help you move is beer.
A man must never own a cat or even like his girlfriend's cat.
When stumbling upon other guys watching a sports event, you may
always ask the score of the game in progress, but you may never ask
When your girlfriend/wife expresses a desire to fix her whiny
friend up with your pal, you may give her the go-ahead only if you'll
be able to warn your buddy and give him time to prepare the excuse
about joining the priesthood.
It is permissible to consume a fruity chick drink only when you're
sunning on a tropical beach...and it's delivered by a topless
supermodel...and it's free.
Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.
A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must
remain sober enough to fight.
If a buddy is outnumbered, out manned, or too drunk to fight, you
must jump into the fight. (Exception: If within the last 24 hours his
actions have caused you to think, "What this guy needs is a good
you may sit back and enjoy).
Phrases that may NOT be uttered to another man while weight
"Yeah, baby, push it!" - "C'mon, give me one more! Harder!" -
"Another set and we can hit the showers." - "Nice ass! Are you a
Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of
pizza, but not both. That's just plain mean.
If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be referring
to his beer choice.
Never join your girlfriend/wife in dissing a buddy, except when
she's withholding sex pending your response.
Never talk to a man in the bathroom unless you're on equal footing:
either both urinating or both waiting in line. In all other situations,
a nod is all the conversation you need.