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Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid's Pocket Guide and ...

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Overview

Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid's Pocket Guide and Hypochondriac's Handbook, this indispensable, indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age. Because you never know...

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If you've never had to escape from a sinking car, fend off a shark, or deal with a charging bull, you should thank your lucky stars. And then you should pick up The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The book provides tongue-in-cheek instructions on how to free oneself from the grip of an alligator, jump from a building into a dumpster, and survive a host of other dangerous, albeit unlikely, situations. For some, The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook will simply be outrageous, humorous entertainment. But for those who are accident-prone or who constantly find themselves in the wrong place (like the mouth of an alligator) at the wrong time (dinnertime), it may actually be a lifesaver. Whether you're looking for laughs or advice, The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook should be required reading.
Forbes
How many book jackets have you seen bearing the words, "This book can save your life!"? Finally a book that really, no kidding, could.
USA Today
This is a no-nonsense, no-fooling-around guide with straightforward information. But fear not. The authors have enough perspective to acknowledge the campy appeal of an armchair guide for the anxious.
USA Today

Those with deep-seated fears about killer bees, quicksand, mountain lions and sharks will enjoy The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht , a handy little book for the extremely prepared that is climbing the best-seller list.

Just so you know right away, the first rule of survival is Do Not Panic. The last rule is Learn to Return. There are a lot of rules in between. This handbook tells how to get out of 40 bad situations, "pretty much a scary scenario for everyone," Piven says. Experts were consulted. The longest scenario (six pages) tells how to land a small passenger plane in case the pilot can't.

Everything signals seriousness. The cover (yellow-orange like traffic signs, school buses, No. 2 pencils) conveys caution, safety. The language is plain (scant adjectives) and formal (no contractions). The black-and-white drawings were inspired by that survival bible, The Boy Scout Handbook. This book is serious right down to the warning in the beginning: "DO NOT ATTEMPT TO UNDERTAKE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK YOURSELF."

This is a no-nonsense, no-fooling-around guide with straightforward information. But fear not: The authors have enough perspective to acknowledge the campy appeal of an armchair guide for the anxious. "We thought it would be funny to people," Borgenicht says.

They were, he says, "inspired by pop culture as much as by paranoia - most of the scenarios we talk about were a TV or a movie scene."

Sharks, the authors say, scared both of them to pieces in childhood.

Blame it on Jaws.

Publishers Weekly
In The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (1999), Piven, Borgenicht and Worick taught readers how to escape from quicksand and jump from bridges. It's relatively simple to calculate a shark's actions, they say, but human nature is much less predictable. Here, they tell single listeners how to get away from "Mr. or Ms. Wrong." Punctuated with cheesy synthesizer music akin to a demo on a Casio keyboard, Hamilton first gives a disclaimer "breaking a heart is one thing; breaking the law is another" then, in a matter-of-fact style, she tells how to deal with the hazards of romance from bars and bedrooms to airplane lavatories. As if reading from a driving manual, she tells listeners how to remove difficult articles of clothing, fake an orgasm, deal with a drunken date, handle a bad kisser and deliver a pick-up line. Wondering if your date is an axe murderer? Find out if he was sexually abused as a child and has an obsession with matches. Not sure of the gender of your date? Look at his or her hand and be suspicious of baggy clothing. Need to sober up fast? Avoid aspirin and drink lots of water. Although much of this advice sounds silly, the authors' suggestions are completely serious, and Hamilton delivers them that way, e.g., straightforwardly explaining how to spot breast implants by checking out www.implantinfo.com. Based on the Chronicle paperback. (Jan.)n Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Expertly read by Laura Hamilton, this amusing and, at times, scary book follows the general outline of the other "worst-case" titles. Experts offer insights on many common and uncommon disasters that can occur when people date and enter into, or fall out of, relationships. This tape is definitely geared toward consenting adults (how to have sex in small spaces), yet it also offers practical information for someone just entering or reentering the dating scene (how to deal with a bad kisser; what to do if your credit card is declined). Ethics sometimes takes a back seat to practical considerations: for instance, searching your lover's belongings to determine if he/she is married. While certainly the tone of the book makes for humorous listening, a lot of the advice is very sensible and covers issues not easily found in other resources. One won't be able to create a healthy relationship using this audio; one will gain insight on how to slide out of a bad one. Recommended for public libraries where the series is popular. - Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Magazine Editors People
Chances are you'll never have to extract your arm from the jaws of an alligator. But if you do, remember this: wacking the beast in the nose is the best way to get him to open up. Hence the appeal of this guide, which gives step-by-step instructions on crucial, if seldom encountered, challenges ranging from treating frostbite to landing a pilotless plane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811825559
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Worst Case Scenario Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 183,136
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Piven is a writer, editor, and Web site designer who lives in Philadelphia. He's ready for anything.

David Borgenicht is a Philadelphia-based writer whose own worst-case scenario involved a heavy-armored vehicle in Pakistan.

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HOW TO SURVIVE A POISONOUS SNAKE ATTACK
Because poisonous snakes can be difficult to identifyand because some nonpoisonous snakes have markings very similar to venomous ones-the best way to avoid getting bitten is to leave all snakes alone. Assume that a snake is venomous unless you know for certain that it is not.

HOW TO TREAT A BITE
1)Wash the bite with soap and water as soon as you can.
2)Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart. This will slow the flow of the venom.
3)Get medical help as soon as possible. A doctor should treat all snakebites unless you are willing to bet your life that the offending snake is nonpoisonous. Of about eight thousand venomous bites a year in the U.S., nine to fifteen victims are killed. A bite from any type of poisonous snake should always be considered a medical emergency. Even bites from nonpoisonous snakes should be treated professionally, as severe allergic reactions can occur. Some Mojave rattlesnakes carry a neurotoxic venom that can affect the brain or spinal cord, causing paralysis.
4)Immediately wrap a bandage tightly two to four inches above the bite to help slow the venom if you are unable to reach medical care within thirty minutes. The bandage should not cut off blood flow from a vein or artery. Make the bandage loose enough for a finger to slip underneath.
5)If you have a first aid kit equipped with a suction device, follow the instructions for helping to draw venom out of the wound without making an incision. Generally, you will need to place the rubber suction cup over the wound and attempt to draw the venom out from the bite marks.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not place any ice or cooling element on the bite; this will make removing the venom with suction more difficult.
  • Do not tie a bandage or a tourniquet too tightly. If used incorrectly, a tourniquet can cut blood flow completely and damage the limb.
  • Do not make any incision on or around the wound in an attempt to remove the venom-there is danger of infection.
  • Do not attempt to suck out the venom. You do not want it in your mouth, where it might enter your bloodstream.

HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A PYTHON
Unlike poisonous snakes, pythons and boas kill their prey not through the injection but by constriction; hence these snakes are known as constrictors. A constrictor coils its body around its prey, squeezing it until the pressure is great enough to kill.
Since pythons and boas can grow to be nearly twenty feet long, they are fully capable of killing a grown person, and small are even more vulnerable. The good new is that most pythons will strike and then try to get away, rather than consume a full-grown human.
1) Remain still. This will minimize constriction strength, but a python usually continues constricting well after the prey is dead and not moving.
2) Try to control the python's head and try to unwrap the coils, starting from whichever end is available.

HOW TO AVOID AN ATTACK

  • Do not try to get a closer look, prod the snake to make it move, or try to kill it.
  • If you come across a snake, back away slowly an give it a wide berth: snakes can easily strike half their body length in an instant, and some species are six feet or longer.
  • When hiking in an area with poisonous snakes, always wear thick leather boots and long pants.
  • Keep to marked trails.
  • Snakes are cold-blooded and need the sun to help regulate their body temperature. They are often found lying on warm rocks or in other sunny places.
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Table of Contents

Forward, by "Mountain" Mel Deweese
Preface
Great Escapes and Entrances
How to Escape from Quicksand
How to Break Down a Door
How to Hot
wire a Car
How to Perform a Fast 180
Degree Turn with Your Car
How to Ram a Car
How to Escape from a Sinking Car
How to Deal with a Downed Power Line
The Best Defense
How to Survive a Poisonous Snake Attack
How to Fend Off a Shark
How to Escape a from a Bear
How to Escape from a Mountain Lion
How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator
How to Escape from Killer Bees
How to Deal with a Charging Bull
How to Win a Sword Fight
How to Take a Punch
Leaps of Faith
How to Jump from a Bridge or Cliff into a River
How to Jump froma Building into a Dumpster
How to Maneuver on Top of a Moving Train and Get Inside
How to Jump from a Moving Car
How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car
Emergencies
How to Perform a Tracheotomy
How to Use a Defibrillator to Restore a Heartbeat
How to Identify a Bomb
How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab
How to Treat Frostbite
How to Treat a Leg Fracture
How to Treat a Bullet or Knife Wound
Adventure Survival
How to Land a Plane
How to Survive an Earthquake
How to Survive Adrift at Sea
How to Survive When Lost in the Desert
How to Survive If Your Parachute Fails to Open
How to Survive an Avalanche
How to Survive If you Are in the Line of Gunfire
How to Survive When Lost in the Mountains
How to Make Fire Without Matches
How to Avoid Being Stuck by Lightning
How to Get tot the Surface If Your Scuba Tank Runs of Air
The Experts
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2002

    CRAZY

    this is the best book ever. There is no other better book in the world.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    great little book to have on hand

    oh, such a nice little book to read when bored.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    Funny and Entertaining

    This book was great for entertainment purposes. For true survival information (meaning not written for entertainment) the best I have seen is the U.S. Army Survival Manual. But to see how some of this information was put to good use in real life, the book 'Danger Close' is a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    B best gift

    For my brother, he loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    very good to have with you

    i love this book it is fun to read and very helpful I take it every were .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    Awesome

    This book was very interesting. Reading the book was a breeze. I also found the book to be quite comical becasue of certain situations described. I definately recommend this book for the person on the go. Never leave home without

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    Survive the most boriest situation with this book!!!

    The Worst Case Scenario Handbook is a groovy survival book and it even looks cool too! This book tells you how to do misc. things such as land a plane, wrestle a alligator, pick a car lock door, and it came in real handy when I delivered a baby in a taxicab! JK! That would be a worst case scenario wouldnt it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    Wow!

    The only thing that beats this book is the suggestion by Dr. Carl Baugh that you can counteract a venomous snake bite by giving yourself a few seconds of shock from a stun gun on the bite. YeOuch!! I suggest that you either stungun the snake first or remove yourself out of the area. Where do these guys get this stuff?!?! LOL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    So so

    INTERESTING READING BUT NOT REALISTCALLY USEFUL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    I.want.this.book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Suggest spend your money on a book

    Of first aid cpr and home care you ll need that also a book on survival in wilderness living beyond the grid wild foods clean up after flood and how to raise chickens from chopping block to skillet hunting processing game drying and smoking herbs by now you have a library but need to practice might stay in on friday the 13th bon chance`

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    What the heck is mad libs What the heck is mad libs?

    There are no "real"games there just cheats and panphlet things.Dont hate on the author u hatrs

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    My 9-year-old son loves it

    He says it's "awesome".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Wish I had read this 10 years ago!

    What a great book! If I had this book years ago, I'd certainly be better off now than I am. I just read another book about survivors (U.S. Customs, Badge of Dishonor), that I'm certain that the authors in that book sure could have used the secrets in this book as much as I needed them. You know what they say, 'Hind sight is 20/20.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    The Worst-Case Scenario

    When first looking at the cover, I thought it might have been a joke or a satire book. I was wrong. It has some useful and not so useful (i.e. how to maneuver on top of a moving train and get inside) information. It was a fun read, and could really get some conversations started if placed on a coffee table.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    This book has Info you well never find in another book

    When I first saw this book, I thought it would have information on how to build fires, how to make a fishing pole, etc... I was wrong. It has amazing survival tips that are fun to read. This one is for the ultimate survivor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME!

    This selection is not only hilarious, but I've actually used some of the instructions. (Picking my lock when locked out of my house.) Although the instructions are real, they are written in a very tongue-in-cheek way. My friend bought it for me as a gift and all our guests love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Very Amusing

    The one thing that I did NOT like about this book is that it was so short. So, when in the sequel coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Great Coffee Table Book

    This book is a great coffee table book and conversation starter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    Fun and Interesting

    I was on a retreat with a few college friends and somebody had brought this book along. We had fun for at least 2 hours reading, singing, and acting out these scenarios. Our favorite was a spoof of the song 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' by the Proclaimers renamed 'Tracheotomy'. Another favorite was a heavy-metal version of 'How to win a Swordfight'. This book provides college students and professors fun for hours - just look at our example.

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