8 Survival Myths That Will Definitely Make Things Worse

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You might think you know how to survive if you end up stranded in the wild, but those tips you read on the internet might just make things worse!

Some tips seem too good to be true, and they are. Others are ingrained enough to be common knowledge, except they’re wrong.

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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/snowy-empty-driving-road-in-the-winter-iceland-gm657042568-119691245

Eating snow

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=1619

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/23/463959512/so-you-want-to-eat-snow-is-it-safe-we-asked-scientists

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/winter-scene-thaw-gm628875450-111753311

Cactus juice

https://www.britannica.com/story/can-you-drink-water-from-a-cactus

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC148931/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/jsfa.2740350410

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prickly_Pear_Closeup.jpg

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/field-of-cactus-gm145997810-6138805

Urine and blood

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/05/the_yellow_liquid_diet.html

https://www.livescience.com/15899-drinking-blood-safe.html

https://www.hemochromatosis.org/#overview

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/beer-with-forth-gm183243456-14730136

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/blood-dripping-gm157509239-10684671

Moss

http://mentalfloss.com/article/56243/does-moss-really-only-grow-north-side-trees

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2975

http://projects.ncsu.edu/project/bio181de/Lab/plant_phylogeny/non-vascular.html

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Alcohol

http://mentalfloss.com/article/32256/does-drinking-alcohol-really-keep-you-warm-when-its-cold-out

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2318781

https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/hypocold.shtml

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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/young-woman-drinking-a-tea-on-the-city-gm628664428-111676911

Frostbite

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/926249-overview#a3

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothermia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352688

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/man-with-a-tan-beanie-and-red-scarf-trying-to-warm-up-gm142527503-17874723

Snakebite

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra013477

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/pathophysiological-and-pharmacological-effects-of-snake-venom-components-molecular-targets-2161-0495.1000-190.php?aid=25709

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Jellyfish

https://www.britannica.com/science/nematocyst#ref1013437

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6651/9/3/105/htm?xid=PS_smithsonian

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-fix-jellyfish-sting-180963582/

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728541/

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/14/health/14real.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3773479/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_jellyfish_at_Gota_Sagher.JPG

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/stingers-gm172300393-3544362

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