Survival Myths That Will Get You Killed

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According to  Buzzfeed these myths might actually get you killed if you try to use them in an emergency situation.


Myth #1:  If you’re attacked by a shark, punch it in the nose.  Their noses aren’t really that sensitive.  You’re better off going for their eyes or gills.

Myth #2:  If your car is sinking in a lake, wait until it’s fully submerged, then open your door.  The idea is you won’t be able to open it until the pressure equalizes, which is true.  But rolling your WINDOW down as soon as possible is a much better strategy.

Myth #3:  If an alligator chases you, run in a zigzag pattern.  The idea is they can’t change direction that fast.  But you should actually just run in a straight line.  Alligators ARE fast runners, but their stamina sucks.  So just don’t fall down.

Myth #4:  If you’re stranded on a desert island, you should build a raft.  You’re actually much more likely to die if you try to leave the island.  You’re better off building a shelter . . . making a big S.O.S. sign in the sand . . . and hoping you get rescued.

Myth #5:  If you’re driving and see a tornado, hide under an overpass.  Narrow openings like that actually make the winds accelerate.  So being under an overpass could be more dangerous.