Even if you are not an avid fan, there is a good chance you’ve seen at least one episode of Survivor, which aired for the first time in May 2000. If reality shows aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ve watched survival-related documentaries or fictional movies. It’s only natural to question what you would do if faced with potential life and death scenarios such as being stranded in the wilderness. However, most of us do not follow up on those thoughts […]
Some sayings have become such a common part of our language that we take them for granted. Cabin fever falls into that category and is defined as: A state characterized by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place. Cabin fever has been in our vocabulary for about 100 years, thought to have originated between 1915 and 1920. While Honest Abe is likely the most famous U.S. president to have been born […]
In the three largest U.S. cities, a significant numbers of residents live in apartment buildings. In NYC (population: 8.4 million), Los Angeles (population: 3.8 million), and Chicago (population: 2.7 million), there are a combined total of 2.46 million apartments. In the remaining large cities across America, apartments comprise 15 to 42 percent of all dwellings. If you are a city dweller, there is a good chance you live in a condo or apartment.
For several years, it seemed like people […]
It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]
Paleo diet gurus argue that people should not consume grains because 10,000 years is not long enough for the human digestive system to adapt. That is a rather extreme viewpoint, especially when you look at growing evidence that grains have been part of the human diet for much longer than 10,000 years. Moreover, way above average longevity is associated with countries in which rice and other grains are staples of the diet.
People living in what is now Mozambique may […]
The latest natural disaster to impact the U.S.—Hurricane Matthew—emphasized how important it is to create a family disaster plan. It seems like every time Mother Nature invokes its fury on communities across the country, there are people caught unawares. In some cases, people don’t have the resources to plan ahead, while in other cases, they rely on those in charge of their care to take necessary precautions, e.g. residents of nursing homes.
The most important part of disaster preparedness comes […]
Outlandish movies, in particular in the sci-fi genre are often far more fantasy than fact, even when you fast forward 30 years, however, there are exceptions. The time-traveling cinematic sequel Back to The Future Part II (1989) was prescient in its depiction of several types of technology, including drones. In the film, a bulky camera drone operated by USA Today hovers as the town’s bad guys are arrested. Of course, the cumbersome drone bears little resemblance to streamlined models […]
Selecting a survival backpack (also called a bug out bag) is a lot different than buying a backpack for a leisurely one-day hiking trip or for your teenager to take to school. Purchasing a high-quality emergency backpack to hold all your survival gear may spell the difference between life and death in natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and mudslides—or if you get lost in the wilderness on what was supposed to be a dream camping trip.
Most people look at […]
“The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility.” ~ Nicolas Cage
“What are you going to do if it’s the end of the world? You better go out having fun instead of stressing about it.” ~ Kirsten Dunst
Two different takes from well-known actors, both of whom have starred in films with apocalyptic themes. The quote from Cage implies that […]
After devastating Haiti, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across parts of Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. While death estimates in Haiti may be as high as 1,332, at least 46 people in the U.S. lost their lives due to the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Prior to the widespread flooding in North Carolina, early estimates of total economic losses in the southeastern U.S. stood at least $4 to 6 billion U.S. dollars. The before and after photos of this hurricane […]