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8 Myths about Survival that could cost You Your Life

03 May 2023, 16:03, parser
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All kinds of shows and films about survival in the wild are always a success with the public. However, not always the tips offered in them can be useful in real life. Moreover, some of them can even be deadly. For example, we have collected for you some popular tips concerning survival, which in no case should be followed.

1. Suck the poison out of the wound

If you are bitten by a snake, then its venom will quickly begin to enter the bloodstream and spread through the body. Therefore, sucking the poison out of the wound, especially if more than five minutes have passed after the bite, is completely pointless. This may even worsen the situation if you have some wounds or damage in your mouth.

2. Pretend to be dead

In some sources, it is recommended to fall to the ground and pretend to be dead when meeting a predatory beast. However, in fact, this can only cause increased interest in your person from a puzzled animal. It will want to explore you, and you don't know what will come to its mind later.

In this situation, it is best to leave the meeting place slowly and carefully. As a rule, the predator does not plan to eat you, but just wants to scare you and get rid of your presence.

But it is better to take measures in advance that will allow you to avoid such a meeting altogether. When moving through the forest, try to make as much noise as possible. Sing, talk, whistle, rattle dishes. The animals will know about your approach in advance and will try to get away.

3. Search for food

The heroes of some shows devoted to the issues of survival, try first of all to provide themselves with a supply of food. They immediately go in search of some larvae, collect snails, make snares for birds and fishing rods.

In fact, you should only care about food in the third place. In extremely adverse weather conditions (heat or cold), a person can die in just a couple of hours. A person can live without water for only three days, while the lack of food can be sustained for several weeks. Therefore, first of all it is necessary to look for water and provide shelter.

4. Drink plant juice

If you are experienced enough to choose one of the many types of plants whose juice can really be drunk, then this advice may work. But in other cases, if you make a mistake, the juice will cause you only severe poisoning, accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea, which will lead to rapid dehydration of the body.

5. Determine the cardinal directions by moss

This is probably one of the most long-running and widespread myths. I wonder how many tourists, adventurers and travelers got into trouble because they were looking for moss growing on the north side of trees and rocks?

All this is a complete fiction. Moss grows where the most favorable conditions exist for it (shade, humidity). It can be north, south or any other side of the world.

6. Got anything

The most exciting episodes of survival programs show us how the hero courageously eats some worms, chews grass and snacks on raw mushrooms. "What animals eat, a person can eat quite calmly," they explain to us from the screens.

Don't follow this rule. Berries, plants and insects eaten by animals are not always safe for humans. At best, you will get mild food poisoning, at worst, death.

7. Rub frostbitten ears

If you have been out in the cold for a long time, then first of all the ears, nose, fingers and toes are exposed to the danger of frostbite. It is necessary first of all to try to warm these parts of the body, but in no case should they be rubbed. This threatens only more damage to frostbitten tissues.

It is necessary to slowly and carefully warm up the victim with warm blankets, under which it is better to put several bottles of warm water. You can also give hot drinks, painkillers. After that, the damaged area should be bandaged and the person should be sent to a medical institution.

8. Hitting a shark in the nose

Yes, I understand that a very small number of people have a chance to come face to face with a shark. Apparently, this is what the authors of the completely insane advice hope to beat the shark with a fist on the nose at the moment when it attacks.

Indeed, the nose, eyes and gills are the most sensitive places on the predator's body. But it is very unlikely, unless, of course, you are Chuck Norris, that you will be able to deliver really serious blows to fish underwater, and even under stress. Therefore, it is better not to rely on the strength of your fists, but to move as quickly as possible to the shore or boat.

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