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Every guy knows the importance of a man cave. But you may be surprised to learn they're not a new trend-men have built rooms made for quiet reflection and unashamed pantslessness for thousands of years.

The first man caves were, of course, caves. Dating back around 800,000 years, they were inhabited by the now extinct species Homo nohomobro. Manthropologists believe males of the species built these small enclosures as places to "just go bang rocks by myself for a while." Fossil evidence also indicates males used the spots to celebrate after successful hunts while the tribe's females gathered elsewhere in the shelter. Cranial reconstructions show that the eyes of the female were particularly adapted to rolling.

While much social discourse in ancient Greece took place in the public square, many philosophers did their best thinking in private chambers. These testicletoriums were often elaborately decorated and gave citizens a quiet oasis to ponder the nature of exist­ence, masculinity, and boobs. Refer­ences to these dens appear in some major Greek writings. In fact, in one interpretation of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," man leaves his dimly lit shelter not to seek enlightenment but rather because he has run out of chips.

As our young nation struggled for independence, so too did the architects of democracy, who used these spaces for everything from drafting legislation to spanking Puritans. Raucous parties were common: It's rumored John Hancock enjoyed putting his "John Hancock" on the forehead of whoever passed out first (and we don't mean his signature). It is not known which Founding Father first installed such a room in his home. Our guess is Ben Franklin. That dude invented pretty much everything, right?

In light of modern man's reliance on smartphones, tablets, e-mail, social media, and other digital services, it's hard to imagine how the man caves of tomorrow will isolate us even further from meaningful human interaction. Perhaps we'll discover an alien race whose man-cave technology far outpaces our own. But until the glorious day arrives when we finally turn outer space into personal space, we can only dream of what wonders await.

Engineering and constructing one's man cave by hand is an important part of the experience, as is decorating it without the help of a girlfriend or wife. The hard work and toil will be a badge of pride for years to come. Requisite items to classify a garage or basement as man cave include an enviable TV set up, a minibar, beer refrigerator, and some sort of indoor recreation. Either a pool table, dart board, poker table, or foosball is clutch for the success of your habitat. Man caves can also be tastefully pimped with extras like an aquarium, cigar humidors, stripper poles, golf driving simulators, a keggerator, arcade games, video games, neon signs, and beer brewing kits. Depending on one's hobbies or interests, a bro's lair can also be chock-full of sports memorabilia, hunting and fishing taxidermy, porn, a bong collection, or other miscellaneous masculine schwag.

Every property-owning Bro's post-college digs should have a some sort of man cave: a sanctuary -- or mantuary -- dedicated to masculine awesomeness. It is a necessary refuge for drama-free existence from the mundane 9-to-5 world. The man cave is the grown-up, suburban equivalent of the bachelor pad and often associated with married, middle-age men who want to ensure domestic tranquility while cohabitating with a female in the homestead. Once known as a den, the man cave is usually a subterranean lair where bros can be bros like they were in college without the interference of domestic obligations like girlfriends, wives, and horribly tedious household chores. Essentially, it is a dedicated and practical pleasure chamber where you can rip a methane bomb, pack a dip, shot-gun a beer, make illogical bets on point spreads, play poker, eat grilled meats, discuss bedroom conquests, and scratch your ball sack without judgment or interference well into your golden years.

Purple and yellow isn't exactly the most manly decorating colors for a mantuary, unless it's to support your rabid alumni fanaticism for the LSU Tigers. Practically every detail in this suburban New Orleans garage bleeds purple and gold, including the purple felt-lined pool table, a trophy case, and a purple- and gold-speckled floor. The poker table and a keggerator are appropriate touches for Saturday marathons of SEC football.

Rock & roll memorabilia consists of several "types" of property: including Gold and Platinum records, Acetates, awards, instruments, documents, clothing, autographs, recordings, and personal property. These items can be divided into two categories; personal and career. The most highly valued and sought after pieces are those closely associated with the career of an artist.

Crammed with signed rock memorabilia and a sofa created from the tail fins of a '57 Chevy, this man cave in suburban Kansas City has a striking resemblance to a Hard Rock Cafe. This is hardly a surprise, considering the master of this dominion is Dan Leap, a guitar-shredding city council member in Merriam, Kansas, who creates patented lamps out of vintage guitars and other musical instruments for a living. Leap's man cave collection includes artifacts from hairband icons like Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, Poison, and Jackyl.

During the normal course of play, hockey games seem not to have sufficient individual plays to make them interesting, nor sufficient realistic scoring opportunities to make them interesting. Moreover, although occasionally in hockey a score is the result of superior strategy, teamwork, or skill, the difference between scoring a goal and just missing one or having one blocked is more a matter of luck than skill. In ice hockey it is not clear why some shots slip through and others miss, other than luck.

Hockey can be a real pain in the ass to watch with people who don't understand the sport. The bar is outfitted with lockers and the basement is specifically designed to look like a hockey rink, complete with icy-white floor surface and walls painted like an official NHL rink.

Harley Davidson motorcycles enjoy a rich and storied tradition. Riding one is not about the speed or handling of the bike per se, but rather, the enjoyment of the feel and embodiment of the entire experience. Look at the scenery, hear and feel the engine. Look to your right... to your left. Even look up at the sky - all the while making sure to keep another eye on the road to stay safe. Beware of 'cagers' ie. car drivers.

When you ride a Harley, that grants you entrance into the biker family. When not using your left hand to clutch, always acknowledge other bikers by simply extending a cool, waist high wave. It is acceptable to suspend this practice at rallies or events where there is very high bike traffic. When this Southern California garage is not being used as a crash pad for two hogs, it's a watering hole for chrome-loving motor heads.

Quite literally, trophy animals are prized as trophies. They are used for decoration, bragging rights or income. Taxidermists create cleaned, dressed and mounted trophies for museums, restaurants, hotels and private homes. Man has hunted since prehistoric times, and the hunting experience brings up some of the most primitive human feelings, such as the thrill of a dangerous chase. Less obvious is the desire to show off one's successes -- an impulse not far removed from beasts strutting in courtship. A Hemingway-esque collection of taxidermy beasts and furs is essential for any bro who bags and tags big game. However, this Davy Crockett's collection of stuffed mammals is missing a few busts to truly tie over the room -- namely a moose, a marlin, and a gazelle. Mad props for the mountain lion and water buffalo though.

The man cave is indeed a masculine realm, but who wants to live life without beautiful women? Who says women aren't allowed in a man cave? Clothing optional, of course. Doing 360s around a stripper pole with your thighs isn't a requirement. The visual caress of a well-executed striptease can turn almost any man into a light-headed, panting puddle on the floor. And that's just the impersonal work of a stripper. Getting a girlfriend to agree to a personal erotic dance is one of life's great pleasures. But if you think getting her to do it is tough, getting her to do it well is even harder. Recently pole dancing has come to dominate the world of striptease. The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole with circular cross section, running from floor to ceiling. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style.

Every bro should be able to work on his golf swing, even in the driving rain and snow. This bro built a state of the art golf simulator under his garage. He claims it "uses the same technology that the Pentagon uses to track the trajectory of high-speed projectiles." Indoors, you can rid yourself of all the distractions and once again focus solely on the swing. Putting action is one of the few constants in a game which depends heavily upon the reading of the course (and in no small part, the greens). With an indoor putting green you can practice until your short game looks as honed as it can get. There will still be the issue of reading the green, but that is something that no amount of practice will remove. That is part of the game's perverse charm.

Often falsely attributed as the gun vault of late actor and NRA president Charlton Heston, this subterranean lair is the firearms collection of the late Bruce Stern, an attorney, Wharton Business alumnus, and Vietnam War vet. After he passed in 2007, his massive gun collection fetched $12.7 million at auction. Stern's man cave is accessible through a bad-ass bank safe door and includes a flamethrower, as well as a number of machine guns. In fact, I would wager there are enough high-powered and lethal weapons in Stern's vault to arm a small militia in the event of a zombie apocalypse. In the popular hobby of gun collection, one of the most important and rewarding aspects of gun acquisition is display. Finding the right display area and cases for your gun collection can help show off your collection and protect you and your investment.

This cavernous home theater is fit for either Bruce Wayne or Fred Flintstone. The specs of this $100,000+ home theater in Melbourne, Australia, include a 10-foot-wide screen, Lexicon amplifiers, and eight channel surround sound, as well as meticulously plastered basement walls to authentically replicate an actual craggy underground lair. The first mention of an underground nerve center for Batman and Robin to use as their headquarters was in the pages of Batman #12. Batman and Robin are about to take off in the Batplane to track down the Joker, when we are treated to a complete view of the underground area. The Bat Cave continued to evolve over time in the pages of Batman, World's Finest Comics and Detective Comics, and continues to be one of the mainstays of the Batman mythos.

Jason Reich. The History Of The Man Cave. Maxim [Print + Kindle] . September 17, 2013.

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