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The Reentry: October 31

Public swimming pool in Suining, China

Halloween is hardly the scariest thing going on today.

At some point in the next couple of hours, the world’s population will top 7 billion people. The United Nations has gone out on a limb and predicted that the milestone baby will be born somewhere in India, where an average of 51 women give birth every minute.

Nearly four times as many people now inhabit the earth than did in 1930. As New England shovels its way out of the most severe October snow storm since the Civil War and the western world continues to weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it’s worth asking the question: How much does overpopulation have to do with all of the very worst things affecting us today? And what does 7 billion people look like?»

Mickey’s Face, Madoff’s Escape, and Sam’s Curtain Call


Face Off: We’ve been waiting for someone to explain what the hell happened to Mickey Rourke’s face. And finally, someone has. [Vulture]

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand: Arrested Development comes to life with the Bernard Madoff scandal. Watch out for loose seals. [Gawker]

Horn of Plenty: The discreet charms of the shoe horn. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Fare The Well: Actor Sam Bottoms, best known as the surfer in Apocalypse Now, has passed on. [Take Part]