Meet New York's Worst Hipsters: Cavemen

'Paleos' try to live as our ancestors did, succeed in being annoying

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2010 11:47 AM CST

(Newser) – If the Atkins diet isn’t extreme enough for you, perhaps you’ll want to follow the example of a small group of New York hipsters following a “caveman” lifestyle. The group eats mostly meat (sometimes raw), fasts, and—of course—prefers exercise that simulates a prehistoric person fleeing from a mastodon. “So are they going to kill themselves at age 35 or what? The suspense is killing us!” writes Lindsay Robertson in a New York response to the Sunday Times article.

The New York cavemen—or “paleos”—include just one woman, and regularly “judge each other for not being extreme enough cavemen,” Robertson writes. “They sound like the biggest assholes in the entire world!” In one bizarre twist, all of them work Internet-related jobs—and several call themselves libertarians: “Of course they do! Someone should tell them that real cavemen didn't carry around worn copies of Atlas, Shrugged.”

NYC's 'cavemen' don't exactly look like cavemen...but they eat like them.
NYC's 'cavemen' don't exactly look like cavemen...but they eat like them.   (AP Photo/ABC, Bob D'Amico)
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I didn’t want to do some faddish diet that my sister would do. - John Durant, leader of the New York cavemen

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