Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 55-57
If a bear threatens you, play dead and he will go away.
Another classical myth related to bear encounters. When a bear approaches, you should just play dead and he will go away as soon as he sees you lying on the floor. It’s partly true since a mother protecting its children won’t bother and bring her cubs to safety. However, if you’re facing a bear looking for food, don’t even try to play dead. How will you know that he is looking for food? Simple, he will be aggressive and will try to get close to you. If this happens, follow the same strategy mentioned in the previous myth: try to scare the bear away and slowly escape if it does not leave.
If sharks attack you, punch them in the nose.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most widely extended survival myths. However this is dangerously false. If you try to punch a shark’s nose, chances are huge that it will bit your hand before being able to remotely touch its nose. Plus, you won’t have any strength due to the water slowing you down. You need to be more vicious to deal with this predator. The trick here would be to aim directly at the animal’s eyes. This is the only way to actually scare a shark and make it swim away. With that being said, the chances of surviving against a shark are really scarce. Fortunately, shark attacks are quite rare. Brook Watson was the first known survival of a shark attack, but he lost his foot and his leg was amputated afterwards.
Use fire to remove a tick.
Ticks are small insects that populate our lovely pet’s body (usually dogs) during the summertime and springtime mostly. Ticks should not be underestimated since they not only transmit the Lyme disease but also contain pathogens lethal for pets and humans alike. While it is true that fire kills ticks, it can also hurt your poor dog. Dogs are hairy and playing with fire near them is probably not a good idea. The best way to kill ticks consists of removing them with a good pair of tweezers with pointy tips. You should pull slowly upward, by doing a straight motion. Note that you should wear gloves when you are removing ticks as you can get several infections from them.