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The Curse of the 'Man Cold'

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The Curse of the 'Man Cold'

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The Curse of the 'Man Cold'

The Curse of the 'Man Cold'

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It's tough to be a guy with the sniffles. And we found a video to prove it.

ALISON STEWART, host:

Rachel, I'm so glad you're here. It's a girl power morning because we can…

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Totally.

STEWART: …rust this tape. What can reduce the strongest, most macho hunk a man meat to a sniveling pile of pathetic goo?

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: The man cold, an epidemic sweeping the U.K. and of course, YouTube. Just listen.

(Soundbite of YouTube clip)

Unidentified Man #1: Closing.

Unidentified Man #2: Quickly, love. Okay. Son, everything's going to be fine.

Unidentified Man #3: (Unintelligible).

Unidentified Man #2: I don't think we can help it.

Unidentified Man #3: My head is burning.

Unidentified Man #2: How did this happen?

Unidentified Woman: He caught a cold off me.

Unidentified Man #2: You just don't think, do you?

Unidentified Woman: I'm a bit confused, hasn't he just got a cold.

Unidentified Man #2: For God's sake, woman, he's a man. He's got a man cold. Do not under any circumstance move from this bed, okay? You, take this bell. When he rings it, I want you to come to him and rub his head and say, poor, little bunny.

Unidentified Woman: Poor, little bunny?

Unidentified Man #2: Okay. That's good. Let's go.

Unidentified Man #3: We've got a man over on Kent(ph) Avenue with a hurty(ph) knee.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: It's the man cold.

STEWART: Cracks me up. Apparently this is a big hit on YouTube. It's been viewed almost two million times. And there's even an urban dictionary entry for the man cold - definition, quote, "true terrible, debilitating disease." Usage: Either I have meningitis, end stage brain cancer, or a man cold. We know what you men are like when you get cold.

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: We'll - let's post it on our blog right now.

MARTIN: Let's do it.

STEWART: By the way that's npr.org/bryantpark.

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