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  • June 1, 2012

    Survival Skills How to Paddle Through Floodwaters-0

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    A canoe can be a great way to navigate or escape floodwaters. But there’s a huge difference between fighting your way out of a hazard-filled flood zone and paddling down a lazy river.

    Sit for stability
    Place yourself slightly behind the middle of the boat with your weight low and centered.

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  • June 1, 2012

    Survival Foods: Don't Eat These Plants or Animals, Ever-2

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    In every survival class I teach, somebody is usually surprised when we pass by a millipede or toad in the woods and I mention that, “You can’t eat that.” Based on the animal’s diet, or some inherent toxin in their bodies, they are not suitable for people to eat. But they aren’t the only things that are off the menu.

    The box turtle, for example, is really a tortoise. Living on land, they encounter all kinds of deadly mushrooms that grow to just the right height for them to munch. Consuming these toxins, the box turtles’ flesh can become toxic as another deterrent to predators (when the shell just isn’t enough). Many years ago, this possibility was well known by indigenous peoples. A number of eastern native tribes and nations had taboos against eating these tortoises, and just to be on the safe side we should too.

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