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Finding yourself in the wilderness, lost and alone, is nothing to take lightly. When the chips are down and every minute counts, you need your wits about you and the right bit of technique to make it through. Fortunately, you remember all the random bits you've read online to see it through alive. But WAIT! It's probably wrong. Seriously. Don't do it.


Reddit user, u/ConvenientSpoon, wanted to know what's the most messed up myth when they asked:

What is a survival myth that is completely wrong and could get you killed?

Knew That Anna Paquin Was Full Of It

"Follow flying birds to find water" They can simply be flying to spend a night anywhere, so we can't rely on them

Ana_Litvi

Snakes...Why'd It Have To Be Snakes...

Giphy

If you ever find yourself in snake country, make as much noise as possible. Most people want to avoid snakes so stay quiet, but they are more scared of you than you are of them. Talk loudly, stomp, but obviously keep an eye and ear out for any fellas who don't want you to be there.

Source: Australian

quokkafarts

Alright, Listen People, It's POISON. Seriously.

Sucking a snakebite, it will often make it worse

Hamcnoo

Alright, Listen People, It's A BULLET. Seriously.

Removing a bullet is more dangerous than leaving it in. Trying to remove it can tear vital organs, it can be pushed in even deeper, or removing it can cause the person to bleed out.

yeahwellokay

Get That Shelter Up

The first mistake is to look for food and water first before having a shelter up to keep yourself dry and warm!

Edit: When I say shelter first it includes having a fire too which I forgot to mention. When you are wet and exposed to the elements your core body temperature can drop and you can get hypothermia if it gets too cold and you would burn more calories than necessary. A big reason to building a shelter too is to also keep yourself off the ground because the ground is an infinite heat sink which means you lose your body heat way faster than you would think and will be more exposed to the cold/elements.

Guys yes it's good to be near a water source, but remember that it's always colder around rivers,streams, lakes, and oceans. Make sure you are able to easily gather shelter/fire material within the area. Plus finding a prime location to set up shelter.

TeslaBagel

"Snow Dad Is Better Than No Dad"

Don't eat snow to stay hydrated if you're in a winter survival situation, losing the heat to the snow while eating it is more dangerous than dehydration.

Heat it up or let it melt in a container first to lose less heat.

Mr_leoplurodon

If you have fire and a pot, put ice in it, not snow. It is cleaner and more dense than snow, i.e. you get more water out of it.

Edit: Not sure about the cleanliness of ice vs. fresh snow. But we are still talking about boiling that water. And my main argument, that you get more volume of water from ice than from snow still stands.

Seventh_Planet

Don't Brace Yourselves!

Closest I can think of is brace yourself if you are about to get in a accident.

Try to go limp, you're more likely to walk away with minor injuries if you go limp. That's how drunk drivers survive crashes.

MugglebornSlytherin2

GET DOWN!

Jumping in an elevator if it falls. You want to drop to the floor if an elevator falls, because if you jump, hitting the ground could either break (or shatter) your legs or kill you on impact.

Snowdrop_Bloom

YOU Are The Alpha

Do not lie dead in an animal attack. They'll eat you anyways. Instead, assert your dominance by spreading your arms and making yourself look big and scary, as if you were trying to intimidate a high-school bully.

Correct me if this is wrong, I don't want blood on my hands.

JWCfive

You're Not Rambo

Don't pour alcohol on open wounds.

It damages the f-ck out of the cells and hurts like a motherfucker. It can cause permanent damage. Water is way better for cleaning any wound.

Alcohol_Intolerant

Seek Protection In The Group

In Germany there is a saying that goes „Eichen sollst du meiden, Buchen sollst du suchen"

Which roughly translates that in case of a thunderstorm you shouldn't stand under oaks, but u should seek shelter under a beech.

Just don't go anywhere near a tree in a thunderstorm...

DatDankShizz

That one kind of makes sense. Dont stand under a lone tree during a storm but if there is a wooded area nearby that's much safer than an open area. Beech trees grow in the shade so usually around other trees.

doyola

Take Your Time

Don't always drink the first water you see

I was on a school residential trip near a lake and we kanooded across the lake and when we stopped for a break our instructor told us that the lake has lots of metals in and wasn't advised to drink from it without a filter

hoverpig27

Leave It In

Never pull out anything stuck in your body (sticks from a fall, arrow, a knife) like they do in the movies. The foreign object is forming a seal inside the wound, keeping whats supposed to be inside, inside.

Wrap around the object with gauze/cloth to stabilize the object so it doesn't scramble your insides when it moves around. If you need to travel, you could clip the ends of the object if its like a sharp branch so it doesn't bump against anything.

rayfang2000

Water Always Wins

Water - rivers, oceans, large streams, floods, pools, hot tubs...even buckets with water in them for young children.

Don't ever think you can overpower some of these and just "swim across". Water gives no f-cks and is very very heavy...it moves fast and will kill you.

Learn to swim and teach your kids to respect water.

yert1099

Poor Pa Kent...

Hiding under an overpass during a tornado.

It's been pretty widespread news that it's more deadly to do this, but come to the south during a tornado warning & watch how many people still do it & jam the interstate putting more people in danger. If you're on the road with no real shelter in sight, you should park & lie flat in a low ditch. Only stay in your car if it's a must & don't hide under an overpass.

Winds can throw things in at you or just plain suck you out & kill/hurt you worse than doing what's suggested.

RwbysJnpr

Ugh, Florida...

the myth that if you move from left to right in a zig zag with help you when running from an aligator.

that is COMPLETELY wrong and the croc would run down the middle

Hawkstar29

If You Didn't Know, Now You Know

Using your phone battery to start a fire.

Chances are if you don't know how to make a fire and are in such an extreme situation that you have to resort to murdering your phone battery, you'll die sooner or later; it won't help if you don't have a phone.

May I also point out you could die from those lithium fumes? 😂

steptohell

Crack The Ribs To Save Lives

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Rescue breaths are wildly overrated in most movies and TV shows. You'll see someone in cardiac arrest, and the rescuer will stop giving compressions and focus on breathing into a persons's mouth and BLAMO! Awake, alert, alive!

Nope. Don't do that.

Your body does store a fairly decent amount of oxygen in its blood at all times. If someone in front of you OD's and their mouth is covered with saliva/vomit or someone collapses in front of you of a suspected cardiac arrest your plan of action is 2 fold:

  • Are they breathing do they have a pulse? This is easy to f-ck up especially in a moment of panic. My rule (as an EMS provider) is that if you don't feel it in 10 seconds, it's not there. Start compressions! If they are not in cardiac arrest they will let your ass know - and the law covers you under good-Samaritan clauses in most of these cases.
  • If you are the only person attending to this body - do not stop and give rescue breaths if help is on the way and will be there soon. It takes about 4-7 decent compressions to get blood recirculating in the body after stopping to give mouth-to-mouth. That's a lot of blood, carrying a lot of vital oxygen reserves, that aren't making it to the brain. Obviously if you're a long way out from help, and you feel safe to do so, give rescue breaths. But it should NEVER be priority #1.

BTW if you hear ribs crack, make a face, make vomit noises if you have to, tell the person their bones are f-cking grossing you out, but don't stop compressions.

Because what are compressions? That's right. They are number f-cking one.

uhuhshesaid

A Different Kind Of Survival

You do not need to wait 24hrs to report a missing person. If you think someone is missing report it as such. The faster a missing person report is filed the greater the chance the person will be found

slenderman123425

Especially if it's a child. Missing children are at high risk during the first 24 hours especially if abducted.

In 76% of child abduction murders, the victim was dead within 3 hours. 88.5% were dead in the first 24 hours.

Edit: Source

BlueWizard3

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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