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The Etiquette of the Hug

It can be hard to know, in general, how to behave. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to lay it all out in one place—an etiquette column to end all etiquette columns. We’ll be tackling one befuddling situation at a time until all awkwardness has been driven from the earth. Take it to heart.

It’s a familiar moment: you’re coming to the end of an evening with a friend or business associate. He’s headed to his car and you’re headed to yours, but first you need some final physical gesture to mark your parting.

The standard is the handshake—a firm, businesslike way to conclude an interaction. It’s a perfectly respectable option (despite what the germophobes might tell you), but if you feel a sudden surge of fellowship, you may decide to go in for a hug.

At which point, things may become more complicated...»

Clara Lago is a Greaser

The Birth of the Cool: Chiwetel Ejiofor is still awesome, it turns out. Always good to know. [The Moment]

Not Stirred: Lifehacker digs up instructions for the scientifically perfect handshake. We’re partial to the two-hander ourselves, but if science disagrees… [Lifehacker]

Warning, May Contain Spider-Cow: Easily the coolest musical-cow video you’ll see all day. [Likecool]

As Long as It’s 3d: The pitch on this one is simple: “Carry your money around in a 3-D boob wallet.” Well, if you insist. [Refinery29]

All Shook Up


One of the perks of being a blogger (aside from the untold riches) is the power to indulge in pet causes from time to time. But choose wisely…

TechCrunch founder and professional networker Michael Arrington has picked a pretty odd one: abolishing the handshake. Motivated by a mild, reasonable germophobia, Arrington has made a fairly consistent case for doing away with the practice, and today the cause made it all the way to the Boston Globe Magazine which, we assume, counts as the big time.

We weigh in on the handshake»