The Friday 56 explores worst-case scenarios


Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

For Christmas, my dad gave me three very random and interesting-in-their-own-way type of books. Today I share with you not a novel, but a slightly tongue-in-cheek handbook which – you never know – might come in handy one day. (Remember, the rules for this meme do allow any book!) From The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, I give you the full instructions about what to do if you are ever attacked by a mountain lion. I know it’s a bit long, but I wouldn’t want to be responsible for not giving you all the information! [Warning: the following excerpt contains animal-related violence. Read at your own discretion.]

Chronicle Books, 1999, 176 pages (paperback)

Most mountain lions are small enough that an average-size human will be able to ward off an attack by fighting back aggressively. Hit the mountain lion in the head, especially around the eyes and mouth. Use sticks, fists, or whatever is at hand. Do not curl up and play dead. Mountain lions generally leap down and prey from above and deliver a “killing bite” to the back of the neck. Their technique is to break the neck and knock down the prey, and they also will rush and lunge up at the neck of prey, dragging the victim down while holding the neck in a crushing grip. Protect your neck and throat at all costs.

For the record, this book generally says it’s a good idea to fight back when being attacked by an animal. When in doubt, go for the nose or eyes, and in the case of a shark attack, punch the gills.

Phew! That was pretty nasty. How ’bout we end this 56 with a somewhat disturbing yet oh-so-cute picture of my own little mountain lion?

Taken by the neck, as promised. Creepy, much?

Taken by the neck, as promised.

From Pippi and I, a Happy New Year! Protect that neck of yours!



4 responses

  1. Love your cat, but I also get a kick out of that book too. Looks fun and full of interesting things! And hey! At least now I know how to fend off a lion! RAWR! 😉

    Happy weekend!

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