It is possible to write a book about how famous characters, for example, Robinson Crusoe and Rambo, succeeded in the most serious of circumstances. But are all the approaches that they have used really safe and effective?
Myth № 1: A cave is a perfect place to start a fire.
It’s obviously safe and sweet… The rocks will be warmed by flame and high temperature. If exposed to heat, these rocks will grow. And this may cause the rocks to drop on the head of the person. The only place you ought to start a fire is outside in a wide-open space.
Myth № 2: You can eat raw fish you have just caught. People eat sushi all the time.
The only thing the films don’t reveal is a possible disease of digestion caused by bacteria and microorganisms. Because there is no wild first aid kit or ambulance, don’t take the risk of cooking any fish you’ve caught over a fire. By the way, the same applies to the animals ‘ raw blood. Ewww…
Myth № 3: You can throw a grenade and it won’t make a sound.
In reality, a firing pin inside it makes a sound after triggering a grenade. That’s why tossing the grenade right after you trigger it is really important— not just because of the blast, but because of the pin — it can even hurt your leg. This aspect is not shown by a single action film and this is exactly what delays the actual explosion by 3-4 seconds.
Myth № 4: You can use a tourniquet in order to save a limb.
No, it’s not likely. What you can do is make such a tight knot that there will be no blood flow in the tissue and amputation of the leg. For a fact, in some cases, it can also lead to a heart attack. Try to stop bleeding by taking the appropriate position of the body and pressing the injured spot on the vessel.
Myth № 5: Watching a TV show about survival in extreme situations will prepare you for a real situation.
That’s not real, of course. Don’t forget that a group of dozens of people who are never on the screen is making television shows. Including rescue teams that are willing to assist at any time. And there are also directors and editors who are always able to edit the film and after the shooting makes everything look perfect. But in fact, it’s all very different.
The reality is tough: you just need to live and meet people on social media without cameras, photoshoots, or comments from people.