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Indonesian adrift surviver water situation

This story is of a teenager who got lost at sea for 49 days before getting rescued. As to how he stayed alive: He survived by cooking fish he caught and sucking water through his shirt to remove ...
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Is it possible to survive landing in water when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in trees when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in swamps when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Is landing in water worse than landing in trees when free-falling? [closed]

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Should you get out of your car in a tornado?

Very often on TV news and shows about weather advice is given about what best to do if you are caught in the path of a tornado. Almost always included is instructions if you're driving. Obviously if a ...
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Does nearly half the world's population live on less than $2 a day?

This UN page about 'Hunger', for example, says, Nearly half the world’s population, 2.8 billion people, survive on less than $2 a day. Quotes like this are shocking; but practically, I don't ...
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Is it possible to survive longer without drinking water by eating ants?

A man was recently lost in the Outback and survived for six days in hot conditions without any water. Many news reports are claiming that he survived this long without water because he ate ants. ...
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Could this monk have lived nine days without food, water and sleep?

All over the news this week in Japan has been this story about a monk: A Buddhist monk on Wednesday finished a grueling nine-day ritual of not eating, drinking, or sleeping as he chanted sutras 100,...
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Is measuring the size of a nuclear cloud with your thumb an approximate indication of whether you're in the radiation zone?

Due to the upcoming release of Fallout 4, I've stumbled upon several claims about the stance of the iconic Vault Boy: Basically, those stated that the Vault Boy was doing the following: If you see ...
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Is it hard to make a fire in the wild? [closed]

I've watched several seasons of the Survivor reality TV Show so far and and many contestants have been trying. to start a fire using materials found in the wild, yet I haven't seen anyone that could ...
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Did a man survive for 13 months on a boat in the open ocean?

Daily Telegraph: This is the boat in which Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman from El Salvador, apparently drifted 8,000 miles from the coast of Mexico during a remarkable 13-month voyage ...
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If one goes to prison, does beating up someone on the first day increase chances of survival?

Related (slightly): Rape in US prisons Two movies I know of, one I recently watched, suggest that if one is going to prison, the best way to survive is to find someone on the first day and beat the ...
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Is it a good idea to drink your own urine in a survival situation?

Image Source In Man vs. Wild the host Bear Grylls claims you should drink your own urine to avoid dehydration. Among the many other interesting feats he has done: The show has featured stunts ...