How to Build a Spring Spear Trap (Be Careful)

Before I begin I just want to say that if you plan on building this spring spear trap, please be incredibly careful. They are very dangerous and you certainly don’t want to be on the wrong side of one. Use common sense and when the tension is pulled, do NOT stand in front of the spear. The spear of these traps is propelled at an incredible speed and force. Because of this, do not use…

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Why Heirloom Seeds Matter

I am sure that you have seen on many preparedness and survival websites that it is recommended that you choose heirloom seeds over hybrid seeds but why is this? Why does it matter what seeds you grow as long as you get the food you want at the end of it? As more people are gaining knowledge about heirloom seeds their popularity is slowly growing and that needs to continue. One misconception that a lot…

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Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was extremely unusual. Despite the British countryside’s genteel reputation there are a surprisingly large amount of poisonous plants growing both in the wild and in gardens. Some just cause discomfort, but others have the potential to kill. Here are five to watch out for. Wolfsbane Wolfsbane belongs to the plant genus Aconitum, a group…

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Should Cayenne Pepper REALLY be Used to Stop Bleeding?

I have seen quite a lot of websites (including some of my favorite prepper sites) claiming that cayenne pepper can be used to stop serious bleeding in as little as 10 seconds. All you do is pour the cayenne pepper directly on the open wound….apparently. This is a false claim. Cayenne pepper powder is produced from capsicum peppers and contains capsaicin, the chemical responsible for a pepper’s spiciness. This active ingredient causes vasodilation (blood vessels…

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Where Did It All Go Wrong on Everest This Season

As the climbing season on Mount Everest comes to an end, there is no denying that this year has been historic in more ways than one. Let’s take a quick look: There has been a record-breaking number of climbers and Sherpas reaching the summit this year at more than 825. Records were also broken in the number of permits that were issued by the Nepalese government with 381 being issued. There was also a four-year…

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