• Liz

    I have launched right into wheeze mode with the laughter.

  • April

    OMG! YOU live in MY house? We’ll have to meet in the kitchen some time while we’re making soup!

  • birdgal

    Oh my hell, that was so…so…realistic!

  • http://www.sometimes-seismic.blogspot.com/ B.E.

    I’m pretty sure the guy in the clip is my brother.

  • http://www.inlucesco.com J

    That is every boy I have ever known, particularly the ones whose mothers took WAY too much care of them as a young adult.

    Walk it off. Walk it off.

  • http://www.thebedlamofbeefy.blogspot.com/ Uncle Beefy

    OMG…yeah…SO true!

    Me: 16y.o.
    Dad: Has cold…needs BenGay.
    Me: Drive down to the po-dunk town I grew up in to the only drug store. No BenGay but Mentholatum Deep Heat.
    Dad: (crumpling open paper bag) “What’s this?”
    Me: “It’s Deep Heat rub…they didn’t have BenGay.”
    Dad: “Oh…(cough, cough)…well, it’s not the same as BenGay, but I guess it will just have to do (grooooaaan)!”
    Me: (Whatever!)

  • http://www.thechristine.com Christine

    Nice. When my husband has a cold he is quite the opposite. He usually paces around constantly taking every kind of medicine he can get his hands on and shaking pill bottles and complaining very loudly, seeing how loudly he can hork snot while standing an inch away from me, talking about politics more than usual, and clearing his throat impatiently every 30 seconds.
    I think I would prefer what is depicted in this video.

  • http://milalelilolu.blogspot.com Mila

    You have to know there are teenagers reading your website too. All I can do is just sit here and hope my husband will be the only one to suffer from regular cold, instead of Man Cold.

  • http://theonlybeeinyourbonnet.blogspot.com kate

    Aaaah! This is my house at winter, too! This could only be more accurate if perhaps there were reqests for juice at a *specific* temperature, repeated trips to the drugstore for the *right* medicine (‘cos the last 8 were WRONG, wrong meaning deadly, by the look of the reaction), and all missives being punctuated by the loudest nose-blowing I’ve ever in my life heard.
    Thanks for passing it along.

  • Kim

    My house too. Minus the British accents. And plus more pleas for beer. Because evidently beer makes colds better.

  • http://www.heylookatwhaticando.blogspot.com struglas

    as it should be… as. it. should. be.

  • http://scrappinjenny.blogspot.com Jennifer

    OMG.

    I’m so glad to learn that my husband is not the only man in the world that acts like this.

  • Sarah

    This is exactly true and is happening to me as we speak, except we have the added bonus of Baby Cold. Fun times for Mom!

  • Doug

    This show is great if you have never had a chance to watch it I suggest you Google “Man Stroke Woman”.

  • Kelli

    My boss and I discuss this phenomenon often. Amazing that they all act the same, even over seas!

    I love that actor and the movies he’s in, this is just another notch in his Belt of Awesome

  • Sandy

    Hmph. The video isn’t available anymore.

  • http://fiddley.com Pete Dunn

    I rarely get sick but when I do it’s always a major emergency. The whole world around me knows I’m sick and I expect both their undivided attention and total peace and quite and the same time.

  • Amanda B.

    Poor Jon. He is no longer Captain Clog. Now he’s Captain Cholera.

  • not verified

    What’s Lemsip? Anyone?

  • Ellen

    Thank you for the biggest laugh I’ve had in a LOOOONG time.
    Ohh hoooo! And I thought it was just my house!

  • http://easycheese.net kelly

    i ignored this ‘mancold’ until he got one last year, after the baby was born. i felt bad for him because the baby was getting all the attention. i caved and made him a sandwich. BAD MOVE. don’t let it happen to you. ignore it and it will go away faster.

  • Becca

    Yeah. There is nothing worse than a sick man. Somehow, they bigger they are, the more they can whine. :-D

  • http://slodwick.livejournal.com slodwick

    HA! Oh, Nick Frost reduces me to helpless giggles every. time. Also, poor poor Heather.

  • Emberlou

    I am not alone!! I laughed so hard my 3-year-old came running to see what was wrong.

  • http://evolvingrevolver.blogspot.com Evolving

    Seriously. All. Men. Do This. It makes my skin crawl and stuff. Fuck why can’t I have a bell!??

    “Poor Bunny…Poor Bunny…”

  • http://zerocommute.blogspot.com Chris

    So I just have to dial 999 next time? Awesome tip :P

  • http://teachbroeck.blogspot.com/ teachbroeck

    Oscar worthy. I just got put on Anitbotics after 2 weeks of rash, cough, pressure, popping ears and Oh yhea I am pregnant. Hubby has been sick for 2 days and I swear he cired last night.

  • Jenny

    hahaha from smack the pony was it? Im british i love these guys n they did a bang up job on depicting the man flu :D god help all us women at this time of year. The guy actor is great watch him in ‘Hot fuzz’ if u like, dunno if that came out over your side of the pond.

  • princess getoveryourself

    HAHAHHAAAA!! I love how pathetic and true this is… I am married to an only child and I cant even deal with him when he gets like this- it is embarassing. I also echo the comment above… caving and showing any affection or giving any attention only makes it worse. Fulfill one request (drug store) and next thing you know, you are being asked for everything under the sun, including soup… “but not THAT soup..that soup you make isnt good, will you call my mom and find out how she makes soup, and then can you make the soup she makes… sniffle sniffle… can I have some orange juice… no pulp… with ice.”

    UGH! I hate it so much already and it hasnt even happened yet! I cant wait to be told how mean I am being when I freak out and tell him what a baby HE is being! (every year…)

  • http://gigiredefined.typepad.com/denver Gigi Griffis

    I agree with Kelly. It’s so much worse if you baby them. But what’s funny to me is the juxtaposition between them wanting to be babied and being “tough”.

    Last year my dad was having some real trouble (I don’t know that we ever figured out exactly what was wrong). My mother said “I think you’re dehydrated.” Incoherant and attempting to be tough he answered my mother “I’m too fat to be dehydrated.” To which we scratched our heads and explained the concept of dehydration to him…

  • Anonymous

    Since apparently #26 hasn’t figured out the wonders of Google, Lemsip is a British cold remedy (’cause it’s apparently really hard to figure out from the context of the video, too)

    It’s not at all like at my house — at my house, the ManCold brings a pissy, nasty, s.o.b. who is impossible to please in any way, shape, or form — I’ve suggested (with a surprising amount of sincerity) that the next time he’s sick he find a hotel instead of hanging out at home being a p.i.t.a. to everyone else under this roof.

    I’d be glad to have a whiner.

  • Kate

    Kim,

    Your husband claims beer makes man-colds better? Mine too!

    My husband, however, hates it when I “mother” him. So he wanders around the house trying to do the thing I JUST OFFERED TO DO FOR HIM completely pathetically. I finally get frustrated and yell at him and send him back to bed and do it for him, which is somehow okay because being a hellish bitch is alright as long as it’s not “mothering”.

    Yes, we have an odd relationship.

  • Emberlou

    I am not alone!! I laughed so hard my 3-year-old came running to see what was wrong.

  • Anonymous

    No really — it was #26 when I posted it….

  • http://theloudcorral.blogspot.com Laura

    haha oh my god.
    that is EXACTLY how my brother and ex boyfriend act when they are sick.
    makes me happy to be away at college…

  • http://www.dharmajunkie.com lacroix

    Wow, it is my ex-husband…with a British accent. I had the flu with a 105 degree fever yet I was apparently still functional ENOUGH to make him soup and run him a nice warm bath for his terrible aches. I agree with J. “walk it off, walk it off.”

  • http://myspace.com/amygomoljak Amy

    Too funny! When my husband gets a man-cold I usually just go get a hotel room for about a week.

  • Katie

    Yeah, that’s my house. Very accurate reenactment for I think most households. Classic.

  • Sarah

    So true! I am more productive when I’m on bedrest in a pregnancy than my husband is with a cold. He is in Iraq right now and I swear to God he calls home when he has a cold. Seriously what am I suppose to do from here dude?

  • Big Sister

    The bad part is that I am a firefighter/medic in Texas…and we actually go on those calls. No joking. And yes, I have a husband who does this too, makes me want to cut his head off.

  • http://weevilmaw.livejournal.com/ andi

    The last time my hubs got a cold it was 4 days in his robe and slippers-4 DAYS!FOR.A.COLD. Luckily this has only happened once in 10 years.We had a new baby at the time which made hubs behavior completely like nails on a chalk board.I had 0 sympathy for him.

    Most days the man is a warrior.Much tougher than I.

  • Talon

    My husband’s version of a mancold involves more of not knowing what medicine to take for what and being entirely incapable of opening the bottles himself and figuring out dosages. That’s when I fling the sudefed and ibuprofen at his head and tell him to stay his ass in bed and not give it to me.

    This is also the man who thumped on the wall for me when his ankle hurt (he was in bed) and wanted me to “do something about it”.

    The next morning he couldn’t feel his toes because I’d wrapped it so tightly. *innocent*

  • Jen M

    Dear God I love this. Will be posting it as well over at my tiny site.

  • http://germaine.wordpress.com/ germaine

    I assume lemsip is like Med-Lemon in Africa… :)

  • Melisa

    I love Nick Frost, but I still wouldn’t make him soup.

  • small town mom

    Classic! I found the clip yesterday while suffering through my own woman cold, which still requires that I make lunches, drive kiddie to school, and cook dinner.

  • danni

    Aahh, another one of those moments that I am thankful that I am a lesbian. Thank you god for making me as queer as a three dollar bill so I don’t have to deal with “Man Colds”.

  • Brandy

    That is so true that it made me cry a tiny bit..all they need to add for me is him asking her to call his mum to get her recipe for soup.

  • Rocket J

    Very reminiscent of a scene from “Diary of a Mad Housewife” with Carrie Snodgrass & Richard Benjamin: “TINA! TEEN!…bring me some lemonade!”

    She brings him some lemonade.

    “Oh no — NOT this. NOT the kind from a can! The kind where you cut up the lemons and make the sugar syrup and…”

    No wonder she went mad.

  • http://moumou.ca/ rebecca

    haha men and their lack of power to cope with little colds :P