28 facts about men you may not believe are true

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Boys will be boys, they say, and certainly men are different. For example, men are far more likely than women to be struck and killed by lightning. So are the differences hard coded into our biology, or is a lot of how we differ a simple matter of how we’re raised?

From how much we tend to sweat (men sweat twice as much) to how hard the flu hits us (men really do feel sicker), men and women are still divided. Some of the differences can be explained by biology, but many come down to social factors. Still, the jury is out on just what makes us fail to see eye-to-eye. Here are 28 of the most surprising facts about men:

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1. Stay-at-home dads

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

While it’s becoming more common, an analysis of the Census in 2015 found that less than 1 percent of men were stay-at-home dads.

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2. Liar, liar

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Men and women are equally likely to lie, but men tend to lie about status while women lie about appearance.

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3. Beware of laptops

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Laptops can cause infertility in men. The heat from the laptop can actually harm sperm production.

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4. Shaving stats

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

If a man starts shaving his face around age 15 and continues doing so until he’s 75, he’ll spend about six months of his life shaving.

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5. Tough hair

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

It’s no wonder men spend so long shaving. Dry beard hair is nearly as strong as copper wire.

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6. A long tradition

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Men have been shaving for nearly as long as there have been men. Even 15,000 years ago men were shaving, using knives, shark teeth and clamshells to get the job done.

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7. Less hair, higher status?

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

There’s good news for men going bald. In a study, bald men were rated higher for “social maturity,” qualities such as intelligence, honesty, helpfulness and social status.

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8. Baldness can kill

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Unfortunately, there’s also bad news for men who are going bald. Baldness was associated with a higher risk of developing fatal prostate cancer.

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9. High fashion

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Men were the first to wear high heels. As far back as the 16th Century, Persian archers used high heels to stand securely in their stirrups when shooting from horseback.

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10. Smoking and erectile dysfunction

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Smoking can hurt more than just your lungs. Because of smoking’s impacts on blood flow, it can lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence.

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11. Height advantage

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Around the world, men tend to be taller than women. On average, men are 12 centimeters taller than women.

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12. Walking speeds

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

A study found that men would slow down their walking speed to match their female romantic partner’s speed. When walking with friends of any gender, men’s walking speeds did not significantly change.

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13. Men can lactate

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

That’s right: Men can lactate. But it takes some pretty extreme circumstances. It was once observed in men who’d survived in a WWII prison camp, for example. After enduring starvation, their hormone-producing glands recovered more quickly than their livers, which caused a spike in hormones that caused lactation.

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14. Breast cancer

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Every year, breast cancer kills about 450 men in the U.S.

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15. Fart equality

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Sorry, boys. Men don’t fart more than women (though they certainly may do so more publicly than women). The amount of flatulence anyone produces varies widely from person to person and isn’t related to gender.

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16. Who says it first?

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

When it comes to saying “I love you,” the common notion is that women say it first. But research suggests otherwise. A study found that men are “quite a bit” more likely to say “I love you” before women.

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17. Promiscuity

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

A 2015 study found that men will act promiscuously when there are more women available to them, and less promiscuously when it seems like there are fewer women available.

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18. Time does not equal money

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, a poll found that as men get older, they spend less on their partner for the holiday.

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19. Fiances versus wives

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

That same poll discovered that men spend more on fiances than wives. Wives get about $136 for Valentine’s Day while fiances get $154.

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20. Why bother?

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

One last Valentine’s fact. While about half of men celebrated Valentine’s Day to get quality time with their partner, almost a quarter did it out of obligation.

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21. Lightning strikes

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Men are far more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than women, with men making up 79% of lightning strike deaths from 2006 to 2016 in the U.S.

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22. Prostate cancer

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

One in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. That’s one new case every 3 minutes.

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23. Sweaty

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

Men are sweaty. Up to twice as sweaty as women, to be exact. Though we all sweat less as we age.

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24. Gender and suicide

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

The “gender paradox in suicide” describes the unfortunate reality that men are far more likely to attempt suicide and “succeed” than women are.

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25. Man flu

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

The man flu may indeed be real. A study found that respiratory illnesses, including the flu, may hit men harder than women.

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26. International Men’s Day

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

International Men’s Day is every November 19 and celebrates positive male role models, commemorates men’s contributions to society and promotes gender equality.

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27. Abuse and assault

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

At least one out of every six men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, though some experts fear that estimate is low.

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28. Men have nipples, but why?

28 facts about men you may not believe are true

It’s because of when they develop. Nipples develop very early on, before the gene that determines if we’re male or female.

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