How BOLD Are You?

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    Nov 19, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    More than 10,000 men nationwide were surveyed by ESPN magazine and Jim Beam to find out how BOLD men in America are. The findings:

    42 percent have gotten tattoos.
    35 percent have dated a friend’s ex.
    42 percent have left their job without another lined up.
    85 percent have grown a mustache or beard.
    17 percent have skydived.
    31 percent have joined the military or a public safety organization (law enforcement or firefighting)
    26 percent have arm wrestled a stranger.
    45 percent have publicly broken up with someone (in public place or via social media).
    74 percent have done a good deed without taking credit for it.
    25 percent have sung karaoke in front of strangers.
    19 percent have drag raced.
    25 percent have demanded the boss give them a raise or promotion.
    16 percent have painted their face or chest to show support for their team.
    30 percent have abandoned their roots and impulsively moved to another city, state or country.
    14 percent have wagered extreme actions such as shaving their head or dying their hair in a bet with friends, family or colleagues
    20 percent have someone’s name or initials tattooed on their body.
    39 percent have asked out a complete stranger.
    24 percent have been pierced – 12 percent have it somewhere other than their ear.
    59 percent have called in sick when they weren’t.
    41 percent have started their own business.
    33 percent have hit on the best looking person at a bar or party.
    44 percent have dated a coworker. 10 percent have dated their boss.
    59 percent have traveled a long distance to watch their favorite team play.
    21 percent have attempted to apprehend a criminal or to stop a crime from being committed

    Some interesting stuff here:
    1) There's a thin line between bold and stupid in a couple cases.
    2) I wonder if the results would have changed much if the survey had used 10,000 gay men.
    3) Breaking up by social media is the opposite of bold in my opinion.

    So how BOLD are you? Who here has done just about everything on the list? Have you ever done anything you consider exceptionally bold that isn't on the list?

    I'm not very bold. I've only done the beard, the arm wrestling, the good deed, traveling a distance to watch a favorite team play (the four least bold of everything listed) and attempted to apprehend a criminal/stop a crime.
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    I've done 18 of those listed, but that makes me more old than bold cause they happened over a wide span of years.
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    Arm-wrestled, pierced, abandoned roots, demanded a raise, karaoke, called in sick. Never dated a co-worker, but have accepted head from one in an abandoned office.

    Draw your own conclusion about my relative "boldness". ;)
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI've done 18 of those listed, but that makes me more old than bold cause they happened over a wide span of years.

    I think 18 of the 24 is going to put you near the top of the list of RJ's Boldest.
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    7. I'm apparently light roast.
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:35 PM GMT
    I am
    ARIAL BOLD
  • MikeW

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    Nov 19, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    I'm bald!

    Oh, wait... n/m icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I'm italic!

    I wouldn't call some items on the list bold, but maybe they needed to add some fairly common items to get more responses.
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    Most of these do not fit my definition of bold...

    Consider these:

    1. You can express how your feeling with an emotion
    2. You can say "I love you" first
    3. You can sit next to someone in pain and "just be" without having to "do something"...
    4. You can say "no"
    5. You can tell someone when they have not met your expectations and have it be a conversation rather than an argument.
    6. You can resist peer pressure
    7. You can express your opinion, even when it's not the popular kind
    8. You can forgive others
    9. You can say "I'm sorry"
    10. You can accept help from others

    Show me someone with 10/10 on this list and I will stand up for the type of character they have bring to the world. Bold indeed.

    - David icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    Neight saidI am
    ARIAL BOLD



    this
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    I've only completed 8.

    Is that mild?
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    Growing facial hair is hardly bold...
    Its kina a natural process, same could be said for letting your finger nails grow - now thats fricking bold
  • Montague

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    Nov 19, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    That's a bold list? hah.. I've done like all of that sans the tattoos/piercings before I hit 21y/o.
  • tturner2099

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    Nov 19, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    17.

    Not quite Arial Bold, but hey!
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    Nov 19, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    I think the "bold" term was some sort of tie-in to a Jim Beam promotion. Some of the items could be called reckless just as easily.
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said59 percent have called in sick when they weren’t.
    the other 41% were lying
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    People hate me, antagonize me, and attempt to provoke me because how bold I prove myself to be. I've about half that list.
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidMost of these do not fit my definition of bold...

    Consider these:

    1. You can express how your feeling with an emotion
    2. You can say "I love you" first
    3. You can sit next to someone in pain and "just be" without having to "do something"...
    4. You can say "no"
    5. You can tell someone when they have not met your expectations and have it be a conversation rather than an argument.
    6. You can resist peer pressure
    7. You can express your opinion, even when it's not the popular kind
    8. You can forgive others
    9. You can say "I'm sorry"
    10. You can accept help from others

    Show me someone with 10/10 on this list and I will stand up for the type of character they have bring to the world. Bold indeed.

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    ^^^ This.
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    Some of those "bold" examples would also apply to weak-willed people who cave to peer pressure. icon_confused.gif

    To me, bold is thinking and acting out of the box, going against the prevailing current, being original & independent despite existing trends.
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    Did all of it, except not so much "date the boss" as "fuck his brains out on his desk."
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    These are the 10 I have done! I have no idea if it makes me bold or not

    dated a friends ex
    left their job without another lined up.
    grown a mustache or beard.
    arm wrestled a stranger.
    done a good deed without taking credit for it
    dragged raced
    demanded the boss give them a raise or promotion
    abandoned their roots and impulsively moved to another city, state or country
    called in sick when they weren’t
    percent have traveled a long distance to watch their favorite team play

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    Nov 19, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidMost of these do not fit my definition of bold...

    Consider these:

    1. You can express how your feeling with an emotion
    2. You can say "I love you" first
    3. You can sit next to someone in pain and "just be" without having to "do something"...
    4. You can say "no"
    5. You can tell someone when they have not met your expectations and have it be a conversation rather than an argument.
    6. You can resist peer pressure
    7. You can express your opinion, even when it's not the popular kind
    8. You can forgive others
    9. You can say "I'm sorry"
    10. You can accept help from others

    Show me someone with 10/10 on this list and I will stand up for the type of character they have bring to the world. Bold indeed.

    - David icon_wink.gif

    Yep, still make most of these too. I'll shut up now icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    JR_RJ said
    dfrourke saidMost of these do not fit my definition of bold...

    Consider these:

    1. You can express how your feeling with an emotion
    2. You can say "I love you" first
    3. You can sit next to someone in pain and "just be" without having to "do something"...
    4. You can say "no"
    5. You can tell someone when they have not met your expectations and have it be a conversation rather than an argument.
    6. You can resist peer pressure
    7. You can express your opinion, even when it's not the popular kind
    8. You can forgive others
    9. You can say "I'm sorry"
    10. You can accept help from others

    Show me someone with 10/10 on this list and I will stand up for the type of character they have bring to the world. Bold indeed.

    - David icon_wink.gif

    Yep, still make most of these too. I'll shut up now icon_neutral.gif


    Good to know I wasn't the only person hah
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    I've only done about 5 of those things. I don't consider a lot of those things "bold" anyway. Tattoos and piercings? Those are very commonplace these days.

    I consider people bold when they say what is on their mind (in a diplomatic way) and express their feelings. Some of the bravest people I've known have also been the most timid when it comes to saying what they really think.
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidMost of these do not fit my definition of bold...

    Consider these:

    1. You can express how your feeling with an emotion
    2. You can say "I love you" first
    3. You can sit next to someone in pain and "just be" without having to "do something"...
    4. You can say "no"
    5. You can tell someone when they have not met your expectations and have it be a conversation rather than an argument.
    6. You can resist peer pressure
    7. You can express your opinion, even when it's not the popular kind
    8. You can forgive others
    9. You can say "I'm sorry"
    10. You can accept help from others

    Show me someone with 10/10 on this list and I will stand up for the type of character they have bring to the world. Bold indeed.

    - David icon_wink.gif

    All of those, I can do. icon_biggrin.gif