Another one for the history books, and straight from the pages of an old Reader’s Digest volume: the story of a construction worker who slipped while walking on a beam, plunged into a pit below, and impaled himself on three pieces of upward-facing steel rebar.
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Cats are said to have nine lives, but studies suggest these might be used up a lot faster if they fall above the 6th floor and below the 10th floor of a building … this holds all the way up to the 20th story or more. A strange survival statistic, to be sure, but science (as always) has a fascinating explanation for this bizarre phenomena.
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Tagged cat, falling, far, floors, height, kitty, levels, rate, research, science, statistics, study, survival
It started with a storm, and ended up with a hiker intentionally igniting an explosive fire within the grain silo he took shelter in. A true story … truth is, as they say, often stranger than fiction.
When rain and thunder started along a rural stretch of highway, a hitchhiker without a ride took refuge in a nearby silo. As the weather got worse, a tree fell and smashed in the top portion of his hiding place, blocking his exit. Continue reading
Whether in an urban or natural environment, some form of fixed-blade, full-tang, non-folding survival knife is a must – and a knife without a sharpener is almost as silly as one without a sheath, since you might find yourself using for all kinds of rough jobs in an emergency. Here are some of the best and worst options generally, as well as some specific suggestions that span the spectrum from short and sweet to strong and serious.
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Tagged durable, knife, length, outdoor, sharpener, solid, stainless, steel, survival, tang, thickness, urban, weight
The idea of a Get Out of Dodge or Bug Out Bag (or simply GO Bag) is simple in theory, but in practice takes some thought, time and effort: it contains everything you might need to survive, for the short term, during a serious disaster situation. The key element here is time: typically, these are seventy-two-hour solutions and part of a larger plan for longer evacuation or survival scenarios … they are not going to last you forever, but are a good place to start larger-scale emergency planning.