Blogs / Articles

  • Twelve Thousand (and One Hundred) Dollars – All to Help the PR Campaign for Hard Work November 12, 2013 Glenn-Beck-Defaces-Mik-150x150 On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, a woman named Candace purchased a “Work Smart AND Hard” poster for $12,100.00. (Plus shipping and handling.) That’s right. Twelve THOUSAND, One HUNDRED United States DOLLARS. (Plus shipping and handling.) The poster in question is identical in almost every way to the hundreds of other autographed posters we routinely sell for $12,000 less than what Candace paid. The only difference?  ... read more...
  • Semper Fi Marines & Happy Veterans Day to ALL Who Serve November 11, 2013 reduced-Mike-Marines-2013On 10 November 2013, The Marines had a party, and Mike had a Ball. The old theater looks like the one in Young Frankenstein – the one where Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle sing “Putting on the Ritz.” Every seat is taken, and the air is filled with a weird mix of anticipation and familiarity. And maybe a faint hint of ... read more...
  • The Missing Android November 10, 2013 tvIn a bar on Dutch Harbor, a Black Nexus Android with the incredible footage of a heroic ship rescue was … misplaced. You can help. read more...
  • A Decade of Dirty November 10, 2013 Dirty-Jobs-Diaper-Duty---10Ten years ago, Dirty Jobs debuted on Discovery. read more...
  • Work Smart AND Hard Poster Signing Mania November 9, 2013 FB-Poster-ManiaI used to have an office. Now I have a space where I sign stuff and get in the way. Apparently, several thousand of you have suddenly purchased our Work Smart AND Hard poster, which means that hundreds of glossy and full-sized representations of yours truly are being rolled and stuffed in cardboard tubes on a daily basis – labeled, stamped, ... read more...
  • Happy 10th Anniversary Dirty Jobs November 7, 2013 10th-Annversary-DJ---DiaperOn Dirty Jobs, we made some questionable decisions, some of which were preserved for posterity. read more...
  • S.T.E.M.(S!) November 5, 2013 STEM-Blog-PhotoPromoting STEM-related jobs at the Science, Technology, Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. (I thought it needed another “S.”) Here’s a link to press release full of exciting information that no one is ever going to read: mrW Joins Forces with USA Science & Engineering Festival on Pioneering Skilled Trades Pavilion Why? Because the only people who read press releases are the people who ... read more...
  • CNN Viewer Has Questions November 4, 2013 Mike appeared on Piers Morgan’s show on October 30 and a viewer had some questions for Mike.   Read his response here. Today’s question comes from Jennifer Bailey. Jennifer posted over at CNN.com, but I’m answering here because … well, because I need more room. JB: While Mike makes a valid point I have a few questions for him. MR: Hi, Jennifer. I love ... read more...
  • Yep. That’s Me. November 3, 2013 Bobby Arpeggio MikeThe year was 1993, and while I can’t say I was in desperate straits, I was certainly not in a position to pick and choose my next gig. read more...
  • Mike Puts Glenn Beck and C.R.A.P. Together October 31, 2013 Screen-shot-2013-10-23-at-3.51.42-PM-300x168Here’s a super-special piece of C.R.A.P. (Collectibles Rare And Precious) that many have already suggested just might be priceless. Nevertheless, it’s for sale, RIGHT HERE, right now to the highest bidder. And I’m more than a little curious to see where it winds up. As you can see, the C.R.A.P. in question is a “Work Smart AND Hard” poster, thoughtfully signed ... read more...
  • Is There a Zombie in Your House? October 31, 2013 Zombie-Mike-and-TobyPsychologically, the journey from TV host to brain-dead zombie is a fairly short one. Physically, though, the transformation requires time, skill and a lot of hard work. I learned this firsthand from Toby Sells, a talented special-effects artist who turned me into a soulless corpse for an episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe back in 2007. Toby plies his trade ... read more...
  • Devil or Angel, Whichever You Are October 27, 2013 Pick-Your-Devils-300x238Shannon K. Walsh wrote on The Real Mike Rowe Facebook page, ” Mike – How could you associate with such a horrible and psychotic person that is Glen Beck? I wouldn’t accept a dime off that hateful, nasty racist. Very disappointed to see this post.” Well, hi there, Shannon – and a pleasant good morning to you too! If you want a ... read more...
  • Social Media Is Swell October 27, 2013 Here's The Insightful Career Lesson Mike Rowe LearnedHere’s an article that suggests I “hate” using social media. This is simply not true. I think social media is swell, and can’t for the life of me understand how anyone could conclude otherwise. read more...
  • Reading the Phonebook Helps Close the Skills Gap October 22, 2013 Go Away with Mike Rowe photoBehold, another dubious episode of C.R.A.P. For reasons not entirely clear to me, over a hundred of you have said that you would listen to The Real Mike Rowe read the phonebook. Equally baffling, is my own irresistible urge to see if you really mean it. But even more incredible than that, is my request that you contribute a dollar to ... read more...
  • My Softer Side October 13, 2013 A few months ago, a nice lady called and asked me if I’d like to be on the cover of Guideposts magazine. “Sure,” I said. “I love football.” read more...