It's fair to say that, for most men, the 'manliest' task they will have to contend with on any average working day might be lifting a few boxes and the closest encounter they'll have with any sort of danger is checking the latest football transfer news when their boss' back is turned.
The following group of supermen, on the other hand, blow things up, chop things down, tear things apart and, in some cases, dice with death on a daily basis. They earn their bread and butter doing what most of us couldn't - and wouldn't. Theirs are the Manliest Jobs in the World!
Gentlemen - be prepared to feel inferior...
1. Diamond Driller
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend obviously hadn't tried diamond drilling. Weighing up to 1200lbs and reaching 1.5m wide, these babies require more than your average DIY enthusiast to handle them. Take the feeling of satisfaction you get from assembling flat-pack furniture with your measly selection of battered old power tools and multiply that by a thousand; that's how these fellas feel at the end of every working day.
Chainsaws, poor weather conditions, mobile heavy machinery and timber crashing to the ground combine to make Logging the second most dangerous job in America. Just ask John Hutt of Colorado who, in true 127 Hours style, cut off his own toes with a pocket knife after becoming trapped by his six tonne logging equipment. Not content with just hacking off his own body parts, one by one, our John proceeded to drive until he had mobile phone signal to call for help. Now that's manly.
3. Alaskan Crab Fisherman
At 80 times the fatality rate of a normal worker, 300 deaths per 100,000, Alaskan Crab Fishing is the most dangerous job in the world. Working 18-20 hours days with little, or no, sunlight, Alaskan Crab Fishermen face the very real prospect of hypothermia or drowning every day and, if that's not bad enough, the potential for life threatening injuries is high due to the ridiculously heavy equipment they use. In fact, this line of work is so deadly they've even made a TV show about it! So, the next time you're complaining about your job, remember; it could be a whole lot worse...
4. Demolition Blaster
Last but not least - the pièce de résistance - is the Demolition Blaster. Bridges, factories, roads, tower blocks; you name it, they'll blast it. While you're in the office crunching numbers, they're outside crunching concrete. Living out every young boy's dream, this lucky bunch gets paid to blow stuff up. Enough said.
So, there you have it; the manliest jobs in the world. If you work as one of the above, I salute you. For the rest of us, though, it's time to hit the gym to earn some more man points because we've got a lot of catching up to do on these guys...