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The Tunisian Men Cold-Calling for Hot Dates, the ‘American Beauty’ Floating Bag 25 Years Later and In Defense of ‘Sword Guys’

If owning and displaying a sword is now “cool,” can we please get some justice for Star Wars Kid?

Guy’s been in the neckbeard doghouse long enough, IMO. And frankly, if any one of us had those kind of moves, we’d be videotaping ourselves in the garage, too.

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And We’ll All Float on Okay

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Sick Boycott, Bro

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About Damn Time

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You Keep Using Those Words…

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Yeah, But is the Bathroom Nice?

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Owning a Sword Does Not Make You a ‘Virgin,’ Say Guys Who Own Swords

On his 17th birthday, Quinn Myers received a huge, gaudy fantasy-style sword as a gift from his infomercial-loving grandmother. He hated it, and specifically what it would connote: That he was a Dungeons & Dragons-loving super nerd who didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell to ever get laid.

When you were partying I studied the blade… from justneckbeardthings

But as time wore on, Myers realized that there were some significant positives to owning a badass-looking blade — its ability to deter burglars chief among them. And so, slowly but surely, he became a “Sword Guy.” And he’s not the only one willing to sing a sword’s praises.

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