The method behind the madness
April 19, 2013 8:32 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to come up with some quirky actions that a survivalist or adventurer might do in the wilderness, actions which might seem odd or random to the uninformed but are actually useful, clever or at least have a specific function which is not immediately obvious. For example, rubbing an unknown berry's juices on one's skin. If you don't know that this is a method to tell whether the fruit is poisonous, it might seem like a wacky thing to do. Once you know WHY someone is doing it, you realize it isn't nutty at all. What are some other examples?
posted by MrHalfwit to science & nature (22 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
The wackier the action, the better.
Please nothing involving modern technology as I'm looking for more timeless tricks of the wild that someone in touch with nature might know, whereas someone from the city might not.