10 Survival Tips That Could Get You Killed

You might think that binge watching Survivor
or reading a few camping websites is enough to turn you into a fully-fledged nature-punching,
survivalist badass. But the reality is that many of the outdoors-y
tricks you’ve picked up are just myths. And following this inaccurate advice isn’t
just stupid, it’s potentially life threatening. From whether or not to start glubbing on your
own urine, to what to do when a bear wants to eat you, these are 10 Survival Myths That
Could Get You Killed 10) Punching Sharks DRAFT 224
I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that your chance of being
attacked by a shark is so vanishingly small that you’re more likely to get taken out
by a coconut or a vending machine. The bad news is that sharks have cold dead
eyes, powerful jaws and row after row of hand-sized dagger teeth. So if you do end up swimming near one, your
chances of not becoming shark sandwich meat are also vanishingly small. That’s why it’s so strange that most people
think that fighting off a shark is as simple as just thwacking them in the nose. I know you all like to think you could deck
Jaws. But it’s important to remember that sharks
tend to live in the water. At least when they aren’t teaming up with
tornados to dive bomb C-list actors. Humans on the other hand weren’t designed
for underwater boxing. Submerged up to his neck and treading water,
even a professional fighter like Floyd Mayweather couldn’t throw a solid punch. Although on the plus side at least we’d
get to see Floyd Mayweather eaten by sharks. If you have to fight a shark, try clawing
at its gills and eyes. It’s not as cool as punching out a great
white, but it is far, far more likely to work. 9) Drinking Your Own Urine
Let’s be honest, we’re all pretty glad this one is a myth. It may be Bear Grylls’ go-to move, but few
of us would consider necking your own piss a great time. The perceived wisdom is that, in times of
severe dehydration, drinking urine is a great way to recycle the water in your body. Actually, the more dehydrated you are, the
more dehydrated your urine is. That means that by the time you’ve gotten
desperate enough to start lapping up your own fluids, there’s basically no point. In fact, there’s good reason to think that
drinking urine is a very, very bad idea. And, no not just because of the taste. The US Army’s Field Manual specifically
points out that urine has a high sodium content, which speeds up dehydration. On top of which, if someone is on the verge
of collapsing from the heat, drinking fresh, hot urine has been known to tip their heat
regulation over the edge and cause the body to shut down and die. Don’t worry though piss enthusiasts, dipping
a bandana in urine and wearing it has proven an effective way of remaining cool. Although it’s still yet to catch on as a
fashion trend. 8) Emergency Cricothyrotomy
There are few problems in life where the generally accepted solution is “Dude, you should stab
that guy’s throat with a pen”. But that’s what the standard practise is
for emergency cricothyroidotomies. An emergency cricothyroidotomy is a surgical
procedure used to prevent someone with something stuck down their throat from choking. I say ‘surgical procedure’ but maybe that’s
too grandiose a term for ‘ramming a pen down someone’s throat’. By thrusting a pen into someone’s windpipe,
you can create a temporary alternative airway for them to breathe through. While this incredibly delicate procedure is
potentially life-saving, it’s worth pointing out that most people aren’t surgeons. In 2016, a group of German researchers had
10 people try the procedure on cadavers. 9 of them ended up punching massive holes
in the bodies’ necks. And only one managed to create a viable airway. Even doctors try not to do cricothyroidotomies
if they can avoid it. Oh, and when they do them? They use specially made medical tubes. Not a biro they happened to have in their
pocket. 7) Propping mouths open during Seizures
Let’s move from shoving stuff into people’s throats to shoving it down their throats. With over 39 million people worldwide suffering
from epilepsy, it’s not unlikely that, at some point, someone will break down into a
seizure in front of you. If that happens, the conventional wisdom is
to pry open the epileptic’s jaw and put something like a pad of paper or your fingers
under their tongue. Why on earth would you react to someone shaking
on the ground by cramming miscellaneous junk into their mouth? To stop them swallowing their tongue of course. So, let’s break this myth down. First of all, it’s literally impossible
to swallow your own tongue. I mean, it would be a bit of a design flaw
if you were constantly at risk of choking to death on something you keep stored in your
mouth. Secondly, it is perfectly possible to choke
on the random objects if people decide to force into your mouth. That means anyone who believes in this myth
could end up putting epileptics in more danger than if they did nothing at all. Remember kids: do the right thing. Do nothing at all. 6) Drinking water from a Cactus
I’ve already told you that drinking your own piss is a no go. But if there’s one thing people know about
desert survival, it’s that thirsty travellers can simply slice open a cactus and drink from
it. The myth goes that cacti have water stored
inside them, and that you can cut them open and drink from them should you get lost in
the desert. The problem is it’s just that: a myth. You see, living in a desert means cacti have
to take various measures to protect their water. That’s why they’re bristling with spikes
and your rhododendrons aren’t. One of these measures is mixing all the water
they hold with a deadly mix of acids. If a human tries to drink from a cactus it
can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even paralysis. Vomiting, diarrhea and paralysis sounds a
lot like my last Friday night. But in the middle of a desert any one of those
three could easily be a death sentence. 5) Tying A Tourniquet
If you’ve ever seen an action movie, you’ve seen a tourniquet. The medical technique became a favourite of
Hollywood after script writers realised they wanted to show their heroes getting shot,
but not follow it up with two and a half hours of those same heroes weeping and bleeding
in the corner. Hence the popularity of the makeshift tourniquet. When a Rambo or a Mad Max gets shot in the
arm, they simply wrap some clothing tightly round the area. This cuts off blood supply to the area, stopping
the bleeding. After all, Mad Max doesn’t have time to
bleed. He’s got to go get drunk and yell at policemen. Unfortunately, the downsides of the tourniquet
massively outweigh any potential benefits. Cutting the blood supply to, say your arm,
does stop the bleeding. Obviously. But blood is actually what keeps that arm
alive. Without a fresh supply of it blood the tissue
of your flesh will start to die and rot. Tying a tourniquet around a limb massively
increases the chances that you’ll have to amputate it later. Not to mention the greatly increased risk
of fatal infection created by dragging your own rotting limbs around. 4) Starting Fires In Caves
When you’re stuck out in the unforgiving wilderness, hiding away in a cave with a campfire
seems like a pretty good idea. After all, it was good enough for cavemen. And they managed to survive living at the
same time as giant hairy elephants and tigers with swords for teeth. But actually it turns out that a cave is a
terrible place to start lighting flames. The heat from the fire causes the rocks overhead
to expand, which can lead the roof of the cave to collapse. This isn’t just a hypothetical danger either. In 2009, a group of teenagers were camping
in Shropshire in Britain. After settling down in a cave, the group started
a two metre tall campfire which caused the top of the cave to break and one teen, Aiden
Brookes, to be crushed to death. If you’re out in the open, the fire is definitely
your friend. It’ll keep you warm, and scare off predators. Plus you can roast marshmallows and stuff. But if you’re in a cave and want to keep
warm, your best bet is to line the cave floor with grass. It’s not the most comfortable or elegant
flooring. But hey, this is survival, not interior decoration. 3) Getting drunk to keep warm
Imagine you’re stuck in the desert with the sun setting overhead. It’s getting cold and you need some way
to keep warm. Well whatever you do, don’t reach for a
bottle of liquor. You know, unless you’re trying to wash the
taste of piss and cactus vomit out of your mouth. Apart from the fact that life and death situations
are rarely great times to be off your face, booze actually makes you lose heat faster. Alcohol dilates blood vessels, diverting heat
away from your core and towards your skin. That’s why your uncle gets rosy cheeks after
drinking too much wine at Christmas dinner and telling everyone he doesn’t like the
Irish. This, coupled with the fact that alcohol reduces
your body’s tendency to shiver, means drinking can dramatically speed up hypothermia. If you are looking for a drink to help you
fend off arctic conditions, stop pounding body shots and have a cup of ginger tea. It’s naturally thermogenic, meaning it’ll
warm you up from the inside. Still, it won’t get you smashed. 2) Trying To Outrun A Bear
If you’re wandering around the the woods and suddenly come across the bear from The
Revenant, don’t run away. I know, I know. It sounds crazy. After all, when you stumble across a two and
half metre wall of teeth and claws, moving in the opposite direction as fast as possible
seems like a pretty good idea. The problem is, you’ll never be able to
outrun a bear. Adult grizzlies can reach top speeds of 56
kilometres an hour. For comparison, Usain Bolt’s fastest speed
is 43 kilometres an hour. And that’s on an athletics track, not through
an uneven woodland full of scattered branches and the bones of previous bear victims. If you try and leg it, the bear will catch
you. Then he’ll eat you. Then he’ll buy a ticket to Hollywood and
finish off Leo for good. Your best option, and it’s not a great one,
is to calmly retreat as slowly as possible. Hopefully, the bear will realise that you’re
not a threat and leave you alone. If a grizzly does attack your best bet is
to fight back as best you can, using stones and branches as weapons if possible. If you do, there’s a slim chance of proving
too much hassle for it to fighting with. Or, you know, you could just accept the sweet
release of death. Whatever’s easier. 1) Removing Objects From Yourself
Whether it’s getting stabbed, shot, or impaled, no-one’s a massive fan of having lumps of
metal suddenly thrust into them. Well maybe there are some people; the internet’s
a strange, strange place. On the whole though, getting a blade rammed
through you leads to the pretty natural reaction of wanting to take it out as soon as possible. But that approach is actually far more dangerous
than simply leaving the blade in for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you
live the rest of your life with a sword buried in your abdomen. But you’re better off staying impaled until
a professional surgeon can remove it without causing massive internal damage. And while you’ll want a doctor to yank out
that cutlass fairly quickly, there’s actually no rush at all to remove bullets. Being pumped full of bullets is actually ridiculously
safe. Which is not a sentence I ever thought I’d
say. The immense heat bullets reach when fired
sears all most of the germs off, making them virtually sterile. In fact, doctors will often decide it’s
safer to leave bullets in rather than risk surgery. Some historians even argue that Presidents
Garfield and McKinley would have survived their assassination attempts, if only the
doctors had stopped trying to dig around in their gunshot wounds. So, that was 10 Survival Myths That Could
Get You Killed. Which first aid fallacies did you believe? Which survival hack was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below. And now you know the myths, learn the truth
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  1. number 6 : tying a tourniquet when someone is bleeding in mass amounts is really fucking needed, after you have tied it you write the time on it so doctors can see if amputation is needed… so death vs lossing an arm. i take arm

  2. well the alcohol thing has some usefulness if your just in a light snow instead of a storm you wont get hypothermia and the allusion of warmth will keep you going but if in a survival scenario no

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  5. your wrong about the bear attacks if a grizzly attacks you the best thing to do is play dead if a black bear attacks you you fight for your life they dont fall for playing dead. you need to know this before putting a vid out on a subject misinformation can get someone killed its a responsibility not just a way for you to make quick cash off a subject you know nothing about.

  6. The part about tourniquets is ridiculous. They save lives, that’s all they are meant to do. If you actually need a tourniquet, you are at risk of bleeding to death. Having a limb amputated is a thought that should come after staying alive first. And most of the time when someone has a tourniquet on, it is only meant as first aid, meant to get them from here to a medical facility and not die in between.

  7. If someone is haveing a seziure roll them on there sides so if they vomit it will drain out of there mouth and not choke on it and possibly die

  8. if you were shot cut on the leg and bleeding tying a rope around your leg is the smartest thing you can do if no won is there to help you will bleed out in less then 5 minutes

  9. wHen a bear comes closer to my i just pee in my pants and not move so that the bear will think im dead and i will be saved because bears don't eat dead animals

  10. any of you heard of Steve Erwin well he died from pulling the rays barb out of his chest instead of leaving it in there

    True fact

  11. I remeber when I was 14 and my best friend said driking pee is important when dehydrated we don't talk since then so he isn't my best friend but it's probalby because we live in turkey aka the place a teacher said in case of an emergency we can drink pee sorry for my spelling mistakes

  12. Your supposed to turn someone on their side and put something soft between there head and the ground during a seizure if you do nothing the person would rather crack their skull or choke to death on puke.

  13. Well for the epileptic, the best thing to do is make sure they don't hit their head on something. You can clear the area.

  14. drinking your own piss may not help physically, but mentally it keeps you alive. there are countless stories of survival situations where the pee drinkers lived, and the pee free no longer be. If im ever in this situation, im going to sip my piss like a fine zinfandel. yummy. keep some freezer zip lock baggies in your wallet or hiking pack. you can extract pure water with a tree and a baggy. just stuff the baggy full of leaves, do not pluck the leaves. make sure there still attached to a branch. close the bag up as much as you can, i know i known its got a tree branch sticking out of it. thats ok. leave it hanging a couple hours. upon retrieval you will notice about an inch of colorless purified h2o. not much, but enough to stay alive. Now thats some high quality h2o.

  15. Instead of drinking piss,l which I don't recommend. I recommend instead if you're REALLY desperate, to bottle and drink your own cum. Why? Well, funny thing is apparently it's a fact that cum has A LOT of nutrients and proteins, so if you're stranded in a desert, get used to that taste. Stockpiling cum… hmm…

  16. A doctor or nurse may attempt to murder the victim, if they don't immediately pull out the object, unless it's a bullet. Enough said.

  17. It's disgusting and incredibly gorey but if a bear does attack you, trying to gouge its eyes out would probably work. It's easier than it sounds.

  18. Oh! You "CAN'T outrun a fucking BEAR!?"
    APPARENTLY the YMCA has a different goddamn idea!

  19. Putting a soft object in a seizure patient's mouth prevents them from biting their tongue, not swallowing it. I don't know where this swallowing BS came from.

  20. I think I used to believe half of these lol I definitely would’ve died in the wilderness.. specially the getting drunk and staying warm lol I’ve done that plenty of times😆

  21. No;7 is kinda wrong… the point of putting something in their mouth is to stop them biting their tongue off, not swallow it, using a metal spoon with a bend to hook around the jaw prevents them biting down fully on their tongue and also stop it sliding down the throat, obviously you wouldn't leave them alone to choke.

  22. Probably not a good idea to go anywhere near an epileptic's mouth with the whole uncontrollable spasms and all… maybe best just to leave them alone to do their thing…

  23. Tornicuts are extremely hard to get tight enough and painful even with a medical one unless your very strong I think it'd be almost impossible to get it tight enough let alone keep it tight.

  24. If it's a bear, play dead. As long as the bear thinks you are dead, it will believe its territory to be safe. If it's a shark do what this YouTuber says.

  25. That fornicate can form a dangerous blood clot and the cave fire can eat away all of the oxygen from the cave

  26. The reason you do that when someone is having a seizure it's so they don't bite their tongue off not swallow it LOL

  27. Peeing a cloth and using it as a hat, can protect your head from overheating in the desert, and make your survival chances more likely though.

  28. you want to tie a tourniquet not too tight, and only tie it on the wound. Stop the bleeding, don't lose your leg. win-win

  29. tourniquets do help gunshots and deep wounds paramedics use them when people are bleeding rapidly

  30. When using a tourniquet the bad out weighs the good? damn i guess bleeding to death is better than losing an arm.

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