Could you survive in these situations?
Could you survive in these situations?
Score: 0 18
Question: 0 of 18
Your odds of being attacked by a shark, caught in an avalanche or trapped in a sinking car are low, but would you know what to do if you found yourself in such a situation? Take the quiz and see if you'd survive.
Start the Quiz
Question: 0 of 18
Score: 0 18
You're caught outside in a lightning storm with no shelter. What do you do?
If you're out in the open, look for a low-lying area and make yourself as small a target as possible. Crouch on the balls of your feet with your heels touching and head lowered. Some experts recommend placing hands on your forehead and elbows on your knees to create a path for lightning to travel through your extremities rather than through your heart.
- Crouch on the balls of your feet.
- Remove jewelry and electronic devices.
- Lie flat on the ground.
- Take off your shoes.
A shark has you in its mouth. What do you do?
Hit the animal and try to focus your blows on sensitive areas such as the eyes, snout and gills. While many sharks will not bite more than once, you can't rule out a second attack. Try to stop the bleeding, leave the water as quickly as possible, and seek immediate medical attention.
- Play dead.
- Hit the shark's face.
- Splash the water.
- Aim kicks for its dorsal fin.
You're driving, you hit the brakes, but nothing happens. What's the first thing you should do?
Whether you're driving an automatic or a manual, smoothly downshifting to a lower gear allows the engine to slow the car, and it may give you enough time to safely pull over. Be careful not to downshift too quickly, which could cause skidding.
- Pull the emergency brake.
- Put the car in neutral.
- Put the car into a lower gear.
- Turn the car off.
You've been bitten by a snake. Which of these is something you SHOULD do?
Immobilize the bitten limb and, if possible, position yourself so the bite is below the level of your heart. Remove any restrictive jewelry in case of swelling. Don't attempt to suck out the venom, and don't apply a tourniquet unless you're knowledgable about snakebites and first aid. Seek immediate medical attention.
- Apply a tourniquet.
- Remove any jewelry on the affected limb.
- Attempt to suck out the venom.
- Elevate the wound.
You're in a freefalling elevator. What's your best bet for survival?
Your best bet for surviving this unlikely scenario is to lie on your back on the floor and cover your face to guard against debris. Hitting the ground in this position spreads the force of impact across your body.
- Stand with your knees bent.
- Jump just before impact.
- Try to wedge the doors open.
- Lie flat on your back.
Your car is sinking into a body of water. You unbuckle your seatbelt. What should you do next?
Opening the door will be difficult, and it'll speed up the sinking process. Instead, focus on the windows. Most vehicles have electronically controlled windows that could short circuit, so keep a tool in your car to break a window. You’ll have 30 seconds to a minute until the water rises to the windows.
- Call 911.
- Open the door.
- Swim to the back of the car.
- Roll down the window or break it.
You went for a swim and now an alligator has you in its jaws. What do you do?
Resist in any way possible and try to jab it in the eye, which is the most sensitive part of its body. If the animal goes into a death roll, where it rolls over and over until its prey is dead, as a last effort you can play dead. Alligators release dead prey when they prepare to eat it.
- Pry its jaws open.
- Jab your fingers into its eyes.
- Play dead.
- Splash it in the eyes.
Mustafa Khayat /flickr
Which of these can't be used to make fire?
Just as you can use a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays and start fire, you can do the same with eyeglasses or ice shaped into a convex circle or a water-filled balloon.
If you're caught in an avalanche, what should you NOT do?
If you can't get away, abandon any equipment that could drag you down and use swimming motions to get to the surface. Grab any nearby trees if you can. As the snow slows, cup your hand to your mouth to form an air pocket. If you're covered, try to thrust part of your body through the snow so rescuers can see you.
- Remove any ski/snowboard equipment
- Tuck into a ball and protect your head.
- Try to grab any nearby trees.
- Use a swimming motion to fight your way to the surface.
If a grizzly bear charges you, what should you do?
Hit the ground, protect the back of your neck with your hands, and guard your stomach by lying flat or assuming the fetal position. Play dead until the bear leaves, but stay down for at least 20 minutes. As a last resort, you can fight back by aiming hits for the nose and eyes.
- Wave your arms to appear larger.
- Hit the ground.
- Climb the nearest tree.
Peter Charlesworth/Getty Images
As a general rule, which of the following insects are OK to eat?
Just because an insect has a stinger doesn't necessarily mean it's unsafe to eat. Most bees and wasps are safe if you remove their stingers. However, if you're in a survival situation, stick with worms, grubs, termites and crickets, and remember it's best to cook insects before consuming them.
- Slow-moving insects
- Insects with stingers
- Fuzzy insects
- Brightly colored insects
Which of these should you NOT do if you fall through ice?
While you'll want to drop any gear that could weigh you down, keep your winter clothes on — they can trap air, providing warmth and flotation. Turn toward the direction you fell — the ice was strong enough to hold you once — and kick your feet to get your body horizontal. Use your elbow to pull yourself out and then roll off the ice.
- Remove winter clothing.
- Drop any heavy gear.
- Kick your feet to get your body horizontal.
- Attempt to climb onto the ice from the direction you fell.
Which of these is NOT part of the correct brace position in the event of a plane crash?
To assume the correct brace position, rest your head and chest against your legs while grasping your ankles, keeping your face in your lap. If the seats are too close together for you to place your head in your lap, rest it against the seat in front of you.
- Place your feet on the floor.
- Cross your arms across your chest.
- Rest your head and chest against your legs.
- Grasp your ankles.
Which of these is NOT a recognized signal of distress?
A red flare, three fires in a triangle shape, a large letter "V," or three blasts on a whistle all signify that help is needed. SOS, the commonly used description for the international Morse Code distress signal is three dots, three dashes and three dots (· · · – – – · · ·).
- A red flare
- 4 blasts on a whistle
- 3 fires in a triangle shape
- A large letter "V"
What should you NOT do if you encounter a mountain lion?
Hold your ground and look the animal in the eye. Make yourself appear as large as possible by opening your coat, picking up small children or raising your arms. Make noise and back away slowly, but don't turn your back on the animal. If you're attacked, fight back and protect your neck and throat.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Make as much noise as possible.
- Raise your arms and open your coat to appear larger.
- Turn around and walk slowly away.
You're stranded in the Arctic. Which of these liquids is your best bet for survival?
If you're in arctic waters, old sea ice is your best bet. This ice is typically free of salt, and you can identify it by its blue or black tint. It has rounded corners and splinters easily while newer ice is milky or gray and difficult to break. No matter how dire your circumstances, never drink saltwater, blood, urine or alcohol.
- Blue sea ice
- Fish blood
Michael R Perry/flickr
Which of these can't be used to navigate in the wilderness?
Although you might have heard that moss grows on the north side of trees, that's not always the case. Here's an overview of navigating in the wild without a compass.
- A watch
- The stars
- Moss on trees
- A stick and its shadow
What could come in handy when facing the zombie apocalypse?
All of these would come in handy. To increase your odds of survival, check out our 10 tips for surviving a zombie outbreak.
- Good running shoes
- Reliable transportation
- At least one person slower than you
- All of the above
Perhaps you should stay at home.You could've done worse.You're a survivor.Move over, Bear Grylls. You've got some competition.
OUR FAVORITE STORIES
MOST POPULAR ON MNN NOW
- Why dogs don't like to be hugged
- 11 things humans do that dogs hate
- This simple sitting test could predict how long you will live
- Desert survival skills: Would you make it out alive? MNN quiz
- What will humans look like in 100,000 years?
- Vegan grocery list: Top 50 staples for a meat-free diet
- The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls
- The world's 10 oldest living trees
- Fireflies turn dusk to disco in dazzling time-lapse video
- Too beautiful to be real? 16 surreal landscapes found on Earth