40 Tourist Scams To Avoid

My favorite:

The Fake Takeaway Menu

Scam artists will slide fake takeaway menus under your hotel door, in the hope that you order from them on an evening where you don’t feel like going out. You won’t receive any food though, just a frightening bank statement after they have used your card details to make their own copy.

40 Tourist Scams to Avoid During Your Travels



Fishing for Survival: Know Your Fish Before Going on the Water

Becoming a skilled fisherman will not only offer you hours of recreational fun; it can also fill your freezer.

Learning to fish correctly will allow you to bring home more than just tales of the “one that got away.” A lifetime can be spent learning about the habits and preferences of a particular species of fish, or the topography of a particular body of water. There are fishermen who will even study the phases of the moon in hopes of increasing their catch.

But there is one subject that can impact your success that applies to all species and conditions, and that is a fish’s senses. Having an understanding of how a fish interacts with its surroundings will make your fishing more enjoyable and productive before you even reach a lake or river. And once you do, you’ll know how to use your gear to its full capacity.

Fish have a lateral line that runs along each side of their bodies from head to tail. These canals contain sensory organs that can detect a change in water temperature and vibrations. So even in waters where they cannot see, they are able to determine the location, size, and speed of objects.

Keeping this in mind, you will want to make as little disturbance as possible when you approach the water. No matter if you are in a boat or on shore, you want to avoid actions that the fish will sense with these lines.

Fish have good vision, and the shape of their eyes allows them to see underwater. Freshwater fish do not have eyelids, so in order to control the amount of light that enters their eyes, they must adjust their location or depth. This information can help you locate fish in bright and dim conditions. Many species of fish are able to see in color and this can help you with your lure selection.

Due to the location of a fish’s eyes, they are able to see to either side at the same time. This positioning also creates a blind spot both directly in front of them as well as directly behind them. Understanding a fish’s field of view can help you place your bait where they can see it easily.

Remember that a fish can see above water, so if you can see a fish, it can most likely see you as well. Also, keep your shadow from casting onto the water if at all possible in order to avoid spooking the fish.

Fish have nostrils (referred to as “nares”) that are located on their snout. Odors within the water help fish locate predators and prey alike. Although they are capable of sensing smells, most fish do not rely on this sensory input because the water’s strength and direction can affect it so much. The one major exception to this rule is catfish (see the next paragraph on taste).

A fish is able to taste with taste buds in their mouth (as well as along the head and body of some species). This sensory input is not utilized as often by most fish, with the exception of catfish. Catfish have highly developed senses of smell and taste that they use to locate their food. They are able to taste through their skin as well as through their barbels. This is why fishermen looking to catch catfish will use “stink bait” to attract and hook them.

By understanding a fish’s sensory inputs you will have a better understanding of how you can catch them, as well as possible reasons that you have been unable to in the past. Stimulating one of these sensory inputs is key to getting a fish to strike.

If more than one of a fish’s senses can be stimulated with each cast, the chances of hooking a fish will increase dramatically. At the end of the day you want more than just a good time, you want a stringer full of fish!

Adam Brown is a guest author, and the creator of Cast for Fish. 

The Best Purchase Under $25 To Keep Your Home Safe

I recently discovered the magic of motion detecting lightbulbs. It was something I wanted to exist, and it turns out they do!

So of course I order a pack and gave them a try.

They work marvelous. We have some in the basement, and two at the front door. Perfect for safety and security, without needing to install anything else.

Best purchase I’ve made all year.

Now Is A Good Time To Talk About Trauma Kits

They’re right. And in this Twitter thread, they explain what you need:

  1. “First, you want a tourniquet. Soft-t is one of the best. Swat tourniquets are light, but less bombproof. Costs about $20. Take that shit out of the box and practice with it. The point of a tourniquet is not to stop the bleeding, but to reduce the diastolic pressure in the artery downstream of the wound. Nowadays, medics give em thumbs up. Can be on for up to 6 hours, lower chance of amputation necessary.” [Here’s a less expensive tourniquet]
  2. “Next: a modern hemostatic agent. Quikclot gauze or Israeli bandage. These *only* help stop bleeding. Israeli bandages are not tourniquets. They don’t apply anywhere near enough pressure to occlude the blood vessel. Rule of thumb: bright pulsing jets of blood? Tourniquet. Anything else: a hemostatic agent. Together, these two things fit in the palm of a hand and cost about $40. Pull the Israeli bandage out of its shrink wrap and practice with it. Put it in a sandwich bag.”
  3. “Next two things: gauze and tape. These are cheap as hell too. Don’t go wild. Gauze and tape isn’t there to make bandages. They’re for gushing wounds a tourniquet can’t reach: neck, torso, etc. You *pack* the gauze in there, tape it as tight as you can. Practice this. All total you should now have something that fits in one hand, costs about $60, and prevents bleeding out.”

“This is pretty much all you can and should have as a trauma kit without getting a certification through accredited training. Anything else is stuff you do *not* want to be fucking with under high stress without hands-on training. This is stuff you can practice with at home, learn exactly how it works, and use even without courses. Also, it’s cheap. It won’t help with *every* terrible injury. But unless you’re a fully-stocked and trained EMT, you’re not gonna be able to anyway. What this will do, is help with massive bleeding. The ABC’s require skill and training, not stuff.

“Extra stuff that can come in handy: a survival blanket to help with shock. Even this requires knowing how to use one properly. Exam gloves protect the patient from you. Get sturdy nitrile gloves that’ll protect you from *them*. Between this handful of stuff and a basic course in first aid, you’re about as ready to save a life as you can be. This will hopefully keep someone alive til actual help comes. And it costs a hell of a lot less than a gun.

“A decent, non-paranoid trauma kit costs about $80, fits inside a sandwich bag, and could save a life. Anything else requires actual training, and if you don’t have that why the fuck are you carrying it. Statistically, most Americans live in cities, less than 15 miles from work. Odds are, medical attention will arrive fast. Odds are, just stopping bleeding as much as possible will keep a person alive til they do, even with minimal training. Anything else is pretty much out of your hands until actual help arrives, unless your job *is* that actual help.

“It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a gun, takes a fuckton less time than learning how to use a gun, and isn’t intended to kill people. Spend that extra time and money on such as donating to charities or whatever. Two birds, one stone. This is the cheapest, laziest way to increase the odds of someone surviving yet another American mass shooting.”

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Oh, and pookleblinky has some more gear recommendations too:

The Survivor’s Guide to Bowhunting

You never know when disaster strikes so it is good to prepare yourself with basic survival skills. Bowhunting is fundamental, and getting equipped with the knowledge of archery is highly important as it is one of the most valuable skills you can possess when trying to obtain food in the wilderness.


It is important for you to possess the knowledge and skills of archery for bow hunting for many reasons. Firstly, you can get yourself food with ease in the wilderness. Starvation will be least of your worries with bowhunting abilities as you are able to kill any animals with your makeshift bow and arrow.

You can either hunt large game in the woods for a larger portion of food to last you the whole day or settle with catching fish in the streams. When shooting the fish in the water, you can use your arrow as a spear or even shoot it straight with your bow in shallow streams.

Moreover, the bow and arrow you have can be used as your defense if attacked by wild animals for instance. Although not much, the bow and arrow, together with your bowhunting skills can be used as a weapon to survive in the wild. In other words, it is good to have some protection in the form of a weapon when lost in the wilderness.

Apart from that, the best part about bowhunting is that you can make your own makeshift bow and arrow using simple materials in the woods. They are rather easy to make, as you require materials that are abundant in the wilderness such as wood (for the bow) and sticks (for arrows). The vines of plants can pass as the string of your bow.



#1: Plan Your Strategy Well

When bowhunting especially under extreme circumstances, having a strategy will result in a higher chance of you landing yourself a meal. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead by scouting the area and observing the behavior of your game before bowhunting.

Hunt in the area where animals seem to forage and eat, like berry bushes where you might easily find a rabbit munching away. It is also great if you plan your hunting range and spot so you can be at a safe spot which is also strategic for you to aim from. You should also plan ahead where and when to hunt and the places to stay out from to ensure your ultimate safety from wild animals.

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