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Moliere
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« on: July 03, 2013, 06:14:49 PM »

A look at ten of the silver screen's oddest, most entertaining, and occasionally even accurate techniques for living through disaster

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There are few things Hollywood loves more than a good survival scene. Humanity's clash against nature has led to some of the most memorable movie moments—and biggest box-office grosses—of all time. (Think Predator or Cast Away.) But that doesn’t mean that Hollywood always offers good survival advice; in fact, it’s generally the opposite. Trying to follow the example of Sylvester Stallone or Alec Baldwin could get you killed.

Would fire scare a snake away? Could two untrained men kill a 1,800-pound bear? Could a Port-A-Potty be turned into a sail? To fact-check these questions, and seven more of Hollywood’s most dubious claims, I reached out to Tony Nester, a survival expert who has instructed actors like Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) on a wide range of bushcraft techniques, to get the lowdown on what would work and what wouldn't.

Next time I will hesitate before cauterizing an open wound.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 07:33:59 PM »

Next time implies that there was a first time. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 08:10:28 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 03, 2013, 07:33:59 PM

Next time implies that there was a first time. 

It seemed the right thing to do after the zombie attack.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 08:19:44 PM »

I did some more followup research regarding this article, and it turns out that tauntauns will not freeze before one reaches the first marker.  Good to know.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 11:56:54 PM »

Waving a torch at a large nest of snakes seems like a horrible idea.  I think that would just agitate most snakes, or really get their attention when they weren't really looking at you as a threat.

Sucking out snake venom always seemed crazy to me, especially when they tried to teach us this was an acceptable last resort as young cub scouts.  Uh, no thanks.  I'm not sucking deadly venom into my mouth.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013, 12:19:36 AM »

Venom is harmful if injected, not injested:

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Venom is different from other poisons. Other poisons affect the body by entering the digestive system, while venom affects the body by getting into the blood stream and tissue. Drinking snake venom is not lethal as long as the venom does not enter the blood stream. The digestive fluids will break it down just like other food you eat.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2013, 04:44:53 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 04, 2013, 12:19:36 AM

Venom is harmful if injected, not injested:

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Venom is different from other poisons. Other poisons affect the body by entering the digestive system, while venom affects the body by getting into the blood stream and tissue. Drinking snake venom is not lethal as long as the venom does not enter the blood stream. The digestive fluids will break it down just like other food you eat.

seems like a crazy dare between drunken frat boys. 
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