Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dangerous Things You Should Never Try To Outrun (Of The Day)

Not included on this list (i.e. go ahead and outrun these things): zombies, angry children, midgets, Sleestaks, the one-legged, old people, fat people, blind people or dogs, snails.

They forgot trains, too. Don't try to outrun a train. You will die.

From How Stuff Works.

Black Bear
Running away is a bad plan if you find yourself toe-to-toe with a grizzly, black or any other type of bear. While bears rarely attack, they are wild animals and therefore unpredictable. They can also run as fast as 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour. The good news is that they usually just want to be left alone. Encounter one and your best bet is to back away slowly while facing the animal and avoiding direct eye contact.

Most crazy storm chasers that you see on TV know well enough not to try to outrun a twister. They just try to stay far enough away from a tornado to avoid its wrath. For the rest of us amateurs, the best thing to do is shelter in place. Evacuation routes can get easily clogged with cars, especially in small towns and rural areas with fewer get-away routes. That leaves people trying to flee from a tornado in the more vulnerable position of being trapped in their cars when a big one barrels through the area.

The Fuzz
When you fight the law, the law usually wins. Not only is running from the cops a bad idea, but it's also likely to get you in more trouble than you would be if you simply stuck around. In some jurisdictions, running could result in a resisting arrest or obstructing justice charge. The better course of action is to ask if you're being detained and simply walk away if the answer is "no."

The inclination to run -- or drive -- away from rising flood waters is understandable, but it's also dangerous. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rising water can be enough to sweep a person off of his or her feet, while just 18 inches (46 centimeters) of rising water can carry a vehicle away. Downed power lines from a hurricane or tsunami can still be live, leaving you one false move from being lit up like a firecracker on the Fourth of July.

Whether it's at a school, in a workplace or at a movie theater, an active gunman poses not only a serious threat, but also one that's largely unpredictable. Just like a roving bear or aggressive dog, a gunman's attention is likely to be drawn to moving objects. It's also impossible to outrun a bullet. The FBI tells folks that the best response to an active shooter situation is "Run, Hide, Fight."

Wolves like to travel in packs in search of prey. If you happen upon them--or them upon you--running for your dear life is likely to make you look like potential prey. Fortunately, the chance of encountering wild wolves is pretty slim, and even if you do they won't usually pounce. Wolves are coursing predators that prefer to take their prey on the run and are unlikely to attack otherwise. However, it's best to take the experts at their word and avoid testing these animals. That means moving away slowly without making direct eye contact.

Crocodile Dundee had a preternatural ability to lull crocs to sleep by making a strange inverted "surf's up!" hand gesture and weird noises. You are not Crocodile Dundee. If you come across a croc on a golf course or in your backyard, you are likely to run. That's a bad idea. It's only likely to aggravate the beast. Not to mention, a crocodile can run as fast as a human. The best course of action is to back away slowly and try not to attract any attention. If that doesn't work, go for the eyes.

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  1. I like Sleestaks and snails on your list of things to outrun. Hahaha! I'm not sure I could run away from an angry child, running is not something I ever do. An angry child could probably overtake me. :D

    I think on the How Stuff Works list, the ones I'm most likely to encounter are the tornado and the flood waters. I know I can't outrun either of those.

  2. fav!!!

    I dont "run" .....but in these cases I'd give it one hell of a shot!

  3. From the looks of your "go ahead and outrun these things" list, I'm not much of a threat!

  4. ^^^ This girl. NOT a runner. So it would never occur to me to run from any of those things. Some times you just have to lie down and hope for the best. :)



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