The Top 10 Dangerous Survival Myths That Could Kill You

Between the 18 million television channels looking to fill nearly 24 hours a day with content, the age of Internet experts and, obviously, the impending zombie apocalypse, there’s a deluge of information available on how to survive once we encounter the inevitable end of the world. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

Or, you know, how to survive if you find yourself lost outdoors or similarly trapped without traditional access to care, sustenance, and shelter. That sounds less crazy. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

In all of that information, there’s also a fair amount of misinformation – including the 10 pieces of advice that could do the opposite of save your life if you try them out in a real survival situation. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

#10. The fluid in a cactus can keep you from dying of thirst.

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A skilled survivalist might be able to pick the single sort-of-safe-to-drink-from-barrel cactus while suffering from dehydration, but you most likely won’t be able to. Drinking from any other kind of cactus will make you sick, leading to vomiting that will only exacerbate your problem. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

#9. Play dead when you’re attacked by a bear.

I actually knew the proper way to respond to a threatening bear, and it’s not to play dead – it’s to make yourself as big and scary and loud as possible. Alternatively, you can try backing out of their space slowly. In general though, the right response depends on the type of bear and sort of attack. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

Really, you’re going to want to fight for your life. Literally. Make those bears wonder just what on earth they’re dealing with, and they’ll probably decide you’re not worth the trouble. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

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