20 Common Survival Myths
You’ve probably heard the myth about Twinkies having preservative properties that make them last for decades. No one knows for sure where this legend began, but it probably has to do with the fact that even old Twinkies seem fresh and spongy. In reality, Twinkies have a shelf life of about one month.
Another reason myths like this abound is because of Hollywood. Many survival myths either begin with or are perpetuated by unrealistic movies. They make for great entertainment, but they also give people bad ideas. Here are some other common survival myths.
1. If a Bear Approaches You, Just Play Dead – This might work if it’s a mother grizzly defending her cubs. But if it’s any other kind of bear (especially black bears), 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. Note: Avoid eye contact or the bear might consider it a challenge.
2. If a Shark Attacks You, Punch It In The Nose – Everyone has heard this myth, but has anyone ever actually done it? Not to my knowledge. First, you’d need a very fast and accurate punch to actually hit a shark’s nose. And even if you do, your hand will be hurt more than its nose. You’re better off attacking its eyes and gills with your fingers. If you hurt the shark, it may give up and swim away.