8 Survival Myths That Will Definitely Make Things Worse

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  • Published on:  Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • You might think you know how to survive if you end up stranded in the wild, but those tips you read on the internet might just make things worse!

    Some tips seem too good to be true, and they are. Others are ingrained enough to be common knowledge, except they’re wrong.


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    Sources:

    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/desert-cloudscape-gm482377760-69992289
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/snowy-empty-driving-road-in-the-winter-iceland-gm657042568-119691245

    Eating snow
    http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=1619
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/23/463959512/so-you-want-to-eat-snow-is-it-safe-we-asked-scientists
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/winter-scene-thaw-gm628875450-111753311

    Cactus juice
    https://www.britannica.com/story/can-you-drink-water-from-a-cactus
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC148931/
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/jsfa.2740350410
    https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@+1202
    https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/photosynthesis-in-plants/photorespiration--c3-c4-cam-plants/a/c3-c4-and-cam-plants-agriculture
    https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/calcium-oxalate-stone
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferocactus_wislizeni_(6541006057).jpg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prickly_Pear_Closeup.jpg
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/field-of-cactus-gm145997810-6138805

    Urine and blood
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/05/the_yellow_liquid_diet.html
    https://www.livescience.com/15899-drinking-blood-safe.html
    https://www.hemochromatosis.org/#overview
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/beer-with-forth-gm183243456-14730136
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/blood-dripping-gm157509239-10684671

    Moss
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/56243/does-moss-really-only-grow-north-side-trees
    http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2975
    http://projects.ncsu.edu/project/bio181de/Lab/plant_phylogeny/non-vascular.html
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/strong-roots-of-old-tree-covered-with-green-moss-close-up-gm866600452-144131965
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/the-gree-hell-mossy-roots-and-trunks-in-deep-forest-gm912425688-251189812

    Alcohol
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/32256/does-drinking-alcohol-really-keep-you-warm-when-its-cold-out
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2318781
    https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/hypocold.shtml
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/close-up-view-of-the-bottle-in-ice-gm133897014-18274727
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/young-woman-drinking-a-tea-on-the-city-gm628664428-111676911

    Frostbite
    https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/926249-overview#a3
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothermia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352688
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/man-with-a-tan-beanie-and-red-scarf-trying-to-warm-up-gm142527503-17874723

    Snakebite
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra013477
    https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/pathophysiological-and-pharmacological-effects-of-snake-venom-components-molecular-targets-2161-0495.1000-190.php?aid=25709
    http://www.umich.edu/~elements/fogler&gurmen/html/web_mod/cobra/avenom.htm
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/venomous-snake-bites-mans-finger-gm939901378-256963981
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/isolated-diamondback-rattlesnake-gm91032724-5881298

    Jellyfish
    https://www.britannica.com/science/nematocyst#ref1013437
    http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6651/9/3/105/htm?xid=PS_smithsonian
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-fix-jellyfish-sting-180963582/
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-behind-that-jellyfish-sting-2844876/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728541/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/14/health/14real.html
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3773479/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_jellyfish_at_Gota_Sagher.JPG
    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/stingers-gm172300393-3544362

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    https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/caveman-gm157533887-11308958
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  • Litespark

    Litespark

     yesterday +1

    Some cacti can most certainly get you high.
    Peyote, or San Pedro contains mescaline, a highly potent stimulating psychedelic.

  • Sarez

    Sarez

     yesterday

    Snow water kills u on long time because no minerals

  • Yvonne Bales

    Yvonne Bales

     2 days ago

    We know about anti venom....but we were in the desert in New Mexico...because of the cactus and just coming out of the snow..were I can drink pee or eat snow ...still no idea how to survive really ,,,?

  • randall2020

    randall2020

     2 days ago

    What is your suggestion for a sting from a sting ray? It is not life threatening but it hurts like hell for hours. I know from surfing experience when I was about 12.

  • I’m already Sans Undertale

    I’m already Sans Undertale

     2 days ago

    The guy in the thumbnail looks like John Patrick Douglass.

  • Saeed Khan

    Saeed Khan

     3 days ago +2

    This guy actually means dont do anything for survival just accept death

  • Guy Johnson

    Guy Johnson

     3 days ago

    😝

  • Khaleesi Romaerys

    Khaleesi Romaerys

     3 days ago

    So it should be pre-requisite to bring compass, swiss knife and map wherever you go.

  • Oscar Barron

    Oscar Barron

     3 days ago

    Prickly pears from cactus are called tuna in spanish and most people really like them (but not me)

  • Concon Walkwalk

    Concon Walkwalk

     4 days ago

    3:05 cactus juice might not get you high, but some cactus stems can. Varieties like the Peyote and San Pedro cactus contain mescaline, and can induce a hallucinogenic high when used properly. Be safe :)

  • Uhhh

    Uhhh

     5 days ago +1

    Wait a minute.. Are you saying all this time there's never been a real survival situation where we get to pee on anything?

    You're holding out on us. Make the pee.

  • dawkinsfan41

    dawkinsfan41

     5 days ago +1

    I think it's spelled "antivenin"

  • Legendoflaw21007 Whittle

    Legendoflaw21007 Whittle

     5 days ago

    Wouldn't all of these be to get to a hospital as quick as possible? Not just a snake bite.

  • Dirk Bastardrelief

    Dirk Bastardrelief

     6 days ago

    I don’t say “Deez Nuts“, I say “Ma Balls“.

  • Dirk Bastardrelief

    Dirk Bastardrelief

     6 days ago

    Let’s assume I would rather die than lose toes and fingers. And, I’m likely to be rescued sooner than later, but my fingers are going numb. In that case, can alcohol delay frostbite of extremities? And by the same heat-sharing mechanism, can it shorten my suffering if I’m not rescued?

  • Eddie Yi

    Eddie Yi

     6 days ago

    Contrary to popular belief, if you are the last known survivor, it is a pretty big waste of time to stalk your prey in the night

  • Cathy Cra

    Cathy Cra

     7 days ago

    My body temperature is lower than that as a regular thing. I’ve asked doctors, but they just act like it must be a “slightly inaccurate reading” though it is almost always, unless I feel like I am literally boiling and then maybe is shows as like 98.8.

  • craigfenson

    craigfenson

     7 days ago

    correction. sokka and momo.

  • Manuel Kana

    Manuel Kana

     7 days ago

    it's cactie btw

  • Michigan made product

    Michigan made product

     7 days ago

    I missed the whole video reading the comments and don't want to hear it again. Sorry