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According to the U.S. Marine Corps' survival guidelines in "Afoot in the Desert" your decisions can determine survival or death. Scenario: You and a few friends have crashed landed in the Gobi Desert. The plane is destroyed. The temperatures will exceed 100 degrees with no chance of rain. Mission: To survive for up to 1 week until you reach civilization. You must choose which items are valuable and which actions to take. Carrying unnecessary items will only serve to weigh you down and waste your energy. Choose carefully! Disclaimer.
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The first selector question is below.


1. Do you bring a .45 caliber pistol (loaded)?
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2. Do you bring the book: "Edible Animals of the Desert"?
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3. Do you bring a bottle of salt tablets (1000)?
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4. How do you ration your water? Consume more or carry more? Do you drink only enough water to satisfy your thirst...
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5. ...or do you drink plenty of water any time it is available?
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6. Do you bring a compress kit with gauze?
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High Medium Low

7. Do you bring the 180 proof vodka?
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High Medium Low

8. Do you bring a map of the area?
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9. Do you bring a flashlight?
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10. Do you bring a jack knife?
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11. Do you bring a coat?
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12. Do you collect your own urine for consumption as a water substitute?
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13. Do you bring a pair of sunglasses?
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14. Do you bring a cosmetic mirror?
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15. Do you bring a magnetic compass?
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16. Do you bring chewing gum (to alleviate thirst)?
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High Medium Low

17. You find a plant that looks like a cactus and has a milky juice. Do you eat/drink it?
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18. You find a well with bad tasting water. The well is surrounded by abundant vegetation. Do you drink?
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19. Your water is gone. You don't find any potable wells but you find a damp place where flies are hovering. Do you expend your energy and start digging?
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20. Do you carry the red and white parachute?
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High Medium Low

21. You can take only one of the following: Do you bring the butane cigarette lighter...
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22. ...or the matches?
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High Medium Low

23. In a dire situation will pebbles in the mouth at least partially make up for a lack of water?
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High Medium Low

24. Rather than moving slowly during the day, you walk quickly to escape the desert and its heat.
Prioritize your choice above:
High Medium Low

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