It’s time for some obscure knowledge to come your way. Knowledge that can save your life! We’ve compiled a list of weird yet helpful facts that would come in handy…if the situation ever arose.
Admittedly, some of these are really, really obscure. More fun trivia than “you will definitely need this, but hey! You never know. And if by some strange twist of fate you DID find yourself needing any of the information on this list, then it would totally save your life. At the very least, you get a laugh and some cool facts! At most, you know how to survive a rampaging rhino attack one day. Win-win, right?!
So check out these weird bits of obscure knowledge that can save your life. Everyone should know about them, just in case!
If you’re ever choking on food in a public venue DO NOT go to the restroom to avoid causing a scene. Almost every death I’ve seen from people choking are found unconscious in a bathroom stall because they were too polite to seek help.
If you are ever bitten by a bat, raccoon, fox, or skunk go directly to the hospital. There is no cure for rabies once it is fully onset.
If you ever fall/get pushed down from the platform onto the rails at a subway station, try to roll under the platform. Many stations have space there (like little overhang) for exactly that reason.
If you ever use boiled linseed oil to treat wood, dont leave soaked rags lying in the trash. They oxidize, and after a few hours can self-combust.
If a rhino is running towards you, wait until the last second then side-step out of the way. Rhinos cannot make sudden turns and will give you a couple of seconds head start to run in the other direction. Repeat as necessary!
If you’re a pedestrian and crossing a street, if you can see the sun’s reflection on the windshield of a car, there’s a good chance the driver can not see you.
If you drive after being up for more than 17 hours, the level of your impairment is equal to legally being drunk.
Don’t drive while sleepy.
If you’re first in line at an intersection, look both ways before going when the light turns green. You never know when someone is going to run a red light.
If you ever are kayaking and become pinned upside down, swim down deeper into the water to escape the kayak. You may not be able to flip it over.
When you go into a building look for an exit that is not the one you used to come in. In an emergency most people will head out their original exit, but you will head out of the exit less traveled…and it may make all the difference.
Female heart attack symptoms are often different than those commonly described, and women commonly assume they are just fatigued, or have the flu and die as they do not seek medical treatment.
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Women are more likely to lack chest pain; instead, they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.
If you or a woman you know is fatigued, out of breath, has jaw pain and neck tension, feels nauseous, etc. They may be suffering a heart attack! Chest and left arm pain is not a universal symptom.
If you fall into cold open water, resist the urge to swim and try to float until the onset of panic subsides. Once you have your breathing under control you can then start to swim to safety. By doing this you will not hyperventilate and avoid potentially drowning.
If someone gets stabbed, do NOT take the knife out if possible. If it stays in, it acts as a plug to the hole and will reduce blood loss. Apply pressure around the wound as best as you can and call an ambulance.
There is no such thing as a fair fight.
This is something my dad drilled into my head for years. You never know what the other person’s mentality is going to be. If you get in a fight, they may be hell-bent on killing you. They may have a hidden weapon you don’t know about.
Do anything and everything you can to survive. Kick out knees, gouge eyes, knee the groin, whatever it takes to know you’ll survive.
Never use bleach and ammonia-based cleaning products at the same time/in the same room. A combination of both their vapors creates chloramine vapor which can kill you if inhaled.
Check your cleaning supplies to see what’s in them (especially toilet and tile cleaners).
If you’ve been buried alive in a standard coffin, stay calm. If you are alive you haven’t been buried that long. Also, the dirt above you hasn’t set yet. Most coffins are not build to last once buried and as a result have weak siding. So here is what you do:
Pull your shirt over your head. You don’t want to be swallowing the dirt. Position yourself so you are as sideways in the coffin as possible with hands and feet pushing on the long sides.
PUSH. You should be able to blow out one of the walls. Start crawling up. Do not panic. You may not find a grip immediately.
Keep going until you make it out.
If you have to get through a locked door, don’t charge into it with your shoulder. Instead, kick it straight on next to the doorknob/handle. This has a much better chance of breaking the lock.
It’s also better to mule-kick the door next to the lock instead of facing forward while you kick. It’s safer for you and you can apply more/better force that way.
Always leave your itinerary with someone.
If you meet strangers, i.e., potential bad people, on the road, always let them know that you are in touch with friends and family and that they know exactly where you are. You become less attractive as a victim.
Always let strangers know that you have a destination and are expected at a particular time, too.
If you call 911 – always say WHERE the problem is first, followed by the problem. If you happen to get cut off before you can say what the problem is, at least the dispatcher has a location to send an officer to check it out and advise if more police or fire is needed. Example:
Operator: 911 Where is your emergency?
You: Help I am being stabbed <disconnect>
Operator: 911 Where is your emergency?
You: 742 Evergreen Terrace, Help I am <disconnect>
Location, location, location.
If you’re accidentally poisoned with methanol, ethanol is an effective treatment is medical help isn’t immediately available. Don’t get the drinks from the same place that poisoned you in the first place.
If you are in danger or in need of help, in a public place, it’s almost always a bad idea to just yell “help”. It’s more important to be specific. Pointing at someone and telling them to call 911 will be more effective. The Bystander Effect can be a real b**ch sometimes.
If your car is going underwater, an electronic “roll-down” button will work regardless of the water pressure outside the car, but a manual handle is much more difficult (you also won’t be able to open the door). It’s better to have something in the glovebox (like an ice scraper) to break the glass with.
Mythbusters did a whole thing on it.
If someone is trying to abduct you, fight back. Most abductors will just give up if they meet resistance. And whatever you do, don’t let them take you to another location.
When people say to take an aspirin to help during a heart attack, chew the pill, don’t swallow it whole. It gets absorbed much quicker.
1:20 people will get bowel cancer in their lifetime. You need some sort of screening starting at age 45-50 depending on your family history. Any blood in the stool needs to be checked out. Early cancers can be completely cured with keyhole surgery. You don’t have to die of bowel cancer.
If you have what looks like a small pimple or a spider bite and you see a red line streaking away from that area towards your body, go to an emergency room. You likely have a staph or strep infection that is spreading through your lymphatic system or blood stream and your body can go septic at any moment. Sepsis lethality is 40-60%.
How to tie a bowline with one hand. If somebody throws you a rope, you have to tie it around you while holding on to it with one hand. A normal knot will come undone or tighten up around you, potentially smothering you – but a bowline won’t.
If you have to get out of a moving car then put one foot down and take a step (don’t just jump out) – this will reduce your speed immensely (sure you will fall over but at a much-reduced speed). A stunt man told me this.
If the tide suddenly goes out unexpectedly, run as though you stole it for higher ground.
The last time this was asked I actually read something that later, at the very least, saved my butt. DONT TRY TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE WITH WATER. YOU MUST SMOTHER IT.
If you’re alone and start choking with nobody around to give you the Heimlich, you can give yourself the Heimlich by using the back of a chair (or similar objects like the sidearm of a couch or whatever). Forcefully throw your stomach over the back of the chair a few times, try to mimic the motion of the Heimlich (push in above the belly button, then up… kind of like a “J” motion)
Don’t ever stop performing CPR on a person until the EMTs take their body away. CPR doesn’t wake up a person, it’s to force blood to their brain to prevent brain death so that the EMTs can revive that person.
If your car suddenly accelerates beyond control and the brakes are unresponsive, shift the car in to neutral and slowly apply the brakes.
This situation happened to a family in CA some years ago. They had no idea what to do and tragically lost their lives.