Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are populate beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong.
Let’s continue with myths 10-12
The lone wolf survives. Thanks to movies, we usually have the false image of this guy who can survive anything all by himself. He might have an injured arm, yet he can still kill ten enemies; he might be trapped in a quicksand, yet he can manage to get out of it in 5 minutes. He might be completely alone and lost in the wild, yet he can find food, water and shelter before you even manage to start a fire.
Let’s clear something up: the lone wolf does not exist. Not the Hollywood version at least. Reality is that even the most effective and efficient survivor needs someone by his/her side. From finding food and water to making a good shelter together or from protecting each other during night time to defending each other from the wild and dangerous animals. Things are better done with friends or family. Les Stroud was originally a lone wolf but once he got married, he brought his wife everywhere with him.
Women survive shipwrecks more frequently than men. We might have that image in our minds from the movie Titanic, in which Leonardo DiCaprio died in order to keep Kate Winslet alive. “Women and children first” is the famous quote that denotes the importance of women and children before men when deciding who must survive in a shipwreck. However, this is far from being true, as diverse researches from Sweden and from the UK have proved that this believed myth is wrong.
It turns out, that out of the shipwrecks of the last century a bigger percentage of survivors were men. In fact, women had only half of the chances of men to survive. The truth is that when shipwrecks take place it is the ultimate decision of the captain to set who has priority: men or women. The captain could also choose “every man for himself”, meaning that there is no saving priority at all. Women and men are treated the same.
In conclusion, if you are a girl hopping on the next cruise through the Mediterranean Sea, do not take for granted that your safety will be the priority of the captain if a shipwreck happens.
. The North Star Is The Bightest. The North Star is also called Polaris, and many people actually think that it is the brightest in the sky. The truth is that Polaris is just average in its brightness and some other stars are brighter than it. Even some planets, such as Venus or Jupiter are brighter than Polaris. To sum it up, do not be fooled by a very bright celestial body, it could be something else than the North Star.
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