I saw a list online of a bunch of survival myths you see in movies all the time, however they DON'T WORK in real life and could get you killed if you tried them... here they are -
- You can suck the venom out of a snakebite - It doesn't work and just gets bacteria into the wound. Instead, keep the bite below heart level, and get to a hospital. Just don't panic, because you want to keep your heart rate low.
- Always play dead if you're attacked by a bear - If it's a brown bear or a grizzly bear like the movie The Revenant, that's true. But black bears are way more common in the U.S., and you need to FIGHT BACK if they attack you.
- If you're lost in the woods, you need to find food - Don't waste your time and energy on it, because you can actually survive several WEEKS without food. Finding water is a lot more important. You'll be dead in a few days if you don't.
- If you break open a cactus, you can drink the water - Some types do have water in them, but it's not CLEAN water. The chemicals in it can make you sick. Then you'll puke and be even more dehydrated.
- If you're attacked by a shark, punch it in the nose - You're actually better off going for its eyes or its gills.