Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 58-60
Myth 58: Water is a good escape from a bee attack.
Imagine the following situation: a chill day outside, relaxing near a river and having a nice sandwich…but suddenly a swarm of stinging bees approaches you looking for food. You desperately jump into the river, thinking that by doing so bees will not be able to sting you. First of all, this is not totally wrong. Bees won’t come in the water to sting you for sure. Unfortunately, bees might be smarter than what we think and wait for you to come out. This would only happen if you really bothered them though. If they just came for your lunch and you didn’t fight back, they will just grab what they need without caring about you. You can also try to outrun the bees if they are aggressively attacking you. Bees can follow you up to half a mile so you better have some endurance.
Myth 59: Black bears are not a threat to humans.
Contrary to what the name says, not every black bear is black. Some of them are dark brown; others are cinnamon-like and so on. Here’s a description of a black bear. Black bears have round ears, small eyes and a big snout. They have a heavy body with a short tail and plantigrade feet. They are also agile climbers. Some black bears are not dangerous at all, especially those with children. These types of black bears are only aggressive if they feel that their children are in danger. However, some other black bears can be very aggressive and dangerous and they will attack you whenever they see you.
See myth 54 and 55 to learn how to survive a bear encounter.
Myth 60: Poison Ivy Rashes are contagious.
If you touch some poison ivy, you might get the known associated rash caused by urushiol, a liquid contained in the plant. However, the rash is not contagious at all. It’s just a rash. The only way you could give it to someone else is if you still have urushiol on your body and that someone touches it. If this happens, they will obviously get a rash too. In conclusion, the rash will only occur when the liquid of the plant touches the skin, so a person cannot spread it to other people. Do not worry if your partner or your friend has it, you are not going to get a poison ivy rash from them.
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