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Boning Up on the 'Bro Code'

August 22, 2008 2:41 PM

The Bro Code

Want to know how to live by the Bro Code? “How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney Stinson will teach you the way in “The Bro Code,” a rule book for male friends featuring pearls of wisdom such as:

—“Regardless of veracity, a Bro never admits familiarity with a Broadway show or musical.” (Broken many times over by Barney’s portrayer, Neil Patrick Harris, and, in equal measure, Jason Segal.)

—“Bros before hos.” (Broken by Barney himself last season.)

The book, due out Oct. 14, will be written in the voice of Barney by show writer Matt Kuhn (of the infamous “Slapsgiving”), who also writes Barney’s Blog for CBS’ Web site. If you’re looking for old blog entries, such as the Daily Blink’s personal favorite, “Twenty-Four Ways in Which Women Are Like Fish” (“both attracted to shiny objects”), CBS has taken them down, but this site has helpfully archived “The Bro-Nicles of Barnia.”

“The Bro Code,” as viewers of the show might remember, was born last season during the episode “The Goat.” Looking for a loophole after violating the “bros before hos” item with a bro’s ex-girlfriend, Barney flashed back to the code’s origination in 1776, where Barney’s ancestor wrote “The Bro Code” to settle a dispute between Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. See, Franklin and Washington both had their eyes on this little wench, but Washington totally codpiece-blocked Franklin. Imagine how different history might have been if not for “The Bro Code.”

So this Christmas, when you’re trying to figure out what to get your best bro, don’t give him a DVD of yet another bromance movie from Judd Apatow. No, give him the gift of “The Bro Code.” Not only will it keep him from sleeping with your sister, “It also makes good bathroom reading,” according to “Mother” co-creator Craig Thomas. And for those lazy bros who consider Playboy heavy reading, there’s an audio version read by Mr. Harris himself, hopefully in full Barney mode.

—Vlada Gelman

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