These Myths are too Dangerous for Your Survival!


    Many survival myths either begin with or are perpetuated by unrealistic movies. They make for great entertainment, but they also give people bad ideas. Erro­neous sur­vival myths usu­ally aren’t mali­cious, just mis­in­formed.


    Here are some other common survival myths.


    Myth #1: Shelter Means Coverage


    When most peo­ple think of shel­ter, they think of four walls and a roof. In the wilder­ness, this myopic view can kill you. Ade­quate shel­ter has lit­tle to do with cov­er­age and every­thing to do with pro­tec­tion. You need shel­ter to pro­tect you from the ele­ments. Poorly built shacks with roofs and walls are a poor way to pro­tect you from the cold.


    Myth #2: You should suck the venom from a snake bite wound


    Snake venom enters the bloodstream extremely quickly, and it doesn’t accumulate at the bitten area. So trying to suck it out is ineffective. Moreover, putting your mouth on the bite may get venom into your mouth and esophagus.


    Myth #3: You can outrun a bear


    This might work if it’s a mother grizzly defending her cubs. But if it’s any other kind of bear, it might attack you anyway. Your best bet is to make yourself seem large and intimidating. Open your jacket, spread out your arms, and start shouting. Hopefully the bear will be spooked and run away.


    Myth #4: Punch An Attacking Shark In The Nose


    This may sound insane, but in cir­cum­stances where a shark has ini­ti­ated an attack, fight­ing back is one of the best ways to increase your chances of sur­vival. Unfor­tu­nately, most peo­ple lack the upper body strength to deliver a blow pow­er­ful enough to stun a shark, espe­cially when punch­ing in the water. Shark attack experts now believe that the best way to fend off an aggres­sive shark is by claw­ing at the eyes and gills.




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