Skip to comments.50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do
Posted on 03/14/2011 6:01:29 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.
While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.
1. Build a Fire Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living. At some point in your life this knowledge may be vital.
* How to Build a Fire * Wilderness Survival Firecraft * Build a Fire Without Matches or a Lighter (video)
2. Operate a Computer Fundamental computer knowledge is essential these days. Please, help those in need.
* How To Help Someone Use a Computer * The BBCs Guide to Using a Computer * Mac Basics * Windows Basics
3. Use Google Effectively Google knows everything. If youre having trouble finding something with Google, its you that needs help.
* Google Guide * Google Advanced Search Operators * Google Web Search Features * 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches
4. Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver Someday it may be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help.
* Learn CPR * How To Perform Adult CPR (video) * How CPR Works * How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver (video)
5. Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle There will come a time when youll be stuck without this knowledge.
* How To Drive a Stick Shift Instructional Movie (video) * Learn to Drive a Stick Shift * Learn to Drive a Car with Manual Transmission
6. Do Basic Cooking If you cant cook your own steak and eggs, you probably arent going to make it.
* Cooking Basics and Tips * Cooking and Baking How To Information * Basics of Cooking Series
7. Tell a Story that Captivates Peoples Attention If you cant captivate their attention, you should probably just save your breath.
* How To Tell a Great Story * How To Give a Great Speech * Presentation Tips for Public Speaking
8. Win or Avoid a Fistfight Either way, you win.
* How To Actually Win a Fistfight * How To Win a Fistfight (video) * How To Win a Street Fight * How To Avoid Confrontations Like a Samurai Warrior
9. Deliver Bad News Somebody has got to do it. Unfortunately, someday that person will be you.
* How To Deliver Bad News in Writing * How to Deliver Bad News to a Customer * Good Ways to Deliver Bad News
10. Change a Tire Because tires have air in them, and things with air in them eventually pop.
* How To Change a Flat Tire (video) * How To Change a Tire (video) * Saturday Mechanic: Changing a Tire
Of course we can think of more! :)
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Cook his next-door neighbor’s Golden Retriever?
(Hey, I’m a sentimental guy. Can’t honestly expect anyone to eat their own pet...!!)
“Satisfy a woman”
That was my number one. How to make her squeal like a pig.
I think shoot and clean a gun should be #2...right after build a fire.
With an Mechanical Engineering Degree - you can build anything.
I tell my students - Mechanical is the Cresent wrench of engineering.
In the event of the breakdown of society, you all better know how to start a fire with a car battery and steel wool.
The only thing I missed on that list was driving a stick shift. I’ll also admit to being weak on remembering names.
Please tell me there aren't people who need to be told this. Do people really discard shirts because of a lost button??!!???
“In the event of the breakdown of society, you all better know how to start a fire with a car battery and steel wool.”
That’s good to know, but when society breaks down finding fire won’t be a problem. Putting them out will certainly come in handy, and should be on everyone’s list.
My mumma told me you can catch a game bird if you put salt on its tail
“How to use Google”.
I have a comment on this. A couple of months ago, I was using google to shop for real estate. I just put in an address, or clicked a location on the map, clicked “find nearby” and typed in “real estate”. It would list everything for sale near that map point.
Just tried it the other day, it no longer works. I wonder if they had some sort of conflict with one of their vendors or customers over that ability.
My point is - Google has a great product, but they aren’t in it to provide YOU information.
A lot of this stuff takes practice. Dying gallantly?...not so much...
>>I tell my students - Mechanical is the Cresent wrench of engineering.<<
And Chemical is what makes a civilization civilized.
I sure hope this list is not intended as a survival guide. If so, we’re doomed.
How to give driving direction?
How to parallel park a car?
How to select good produce?
How to do a proper sit-up?
How to paint a room?
How to smile for a camera?
How to flirt properly?
How to sew a button?
How to remove a stain?
How to end a date?
No offense, but this could be the lamest list of important things to know how to do ever published.
Well, not all fire is the same.
You can’t cook your neighbour’s golden retriever over a burning automobile, for instance!
Or throw away a part of pants because they don’t want to sew up a hole or their sewing machine doesn’t work right? I did sew up a hole in a pair of pants recently because my sewing machine is not working right. We have better know how to do these things if we don’t have the machine or electricity to do them!
I have heard of people throwing away perfectly good garments because of a sagging hem or a missing button, but I really wanted to believe those were just made up stories Old People like to tell to emphasize how stupid young people are these days, as opposed to how brilliant THEY (the OPs) were at that age. :-( Good grief! Sewing on a button is about the easiest thing in the world, as is stitching up a hem! And I’ve repaired holes in work jeans too, though I like iron on patches best for that (though yeah, you do need electricity and a machine (the iron) for them.
18. Give Driving Directions Nobody likes driving around in circles. Get this one right the first time.
"Turn right a little ways before you run out of money. If you pass $15 Trillion in debt, you've gone too far. Oh, but you can't stop or turn around there; you just have to keep going until you go over the cliff. Then it won't matter."
Count me among the people that is sorely incompetent. (well, maybe lazy as I probably COULD do many).
Like the fistfight.. now get real.. why do a fist fight when you can take out your gun & not mess up your hair?
Thanks for posting this Diana
“You cant cook your neighbours golden retriever over a burning automobile, for instance!”
That’s what the cops told me.
You reminded me of an old rancher who lived in the middle of nowhere by himself for many decades. He heated his home and cooked his food by burning tires. He had a disgusting pan on the stove with pinto beans and just added more beans and water every day. It was gross but he lived to be a very old man.
That is a cool website. I enjoyed reading several other things at the site. Thanks for sharing!
I think a stoner once told me that - or something like that.
From "Last of the Dogmen".
One of my favorites, thanks for posting it.
With the caveat that it's unless they shot the retriever?
No electricity needed. Old fashioned flat irons are for sale cheap in every *antique* store.
1) build fire inside stove
2) place flat iron on stove
4) while waiting find something to use as a hot pad
5) set up a flat surface to use as an ironing board.
6) cover flat surface with something like a sheet
7) if you still have iron-on patches, remove them from the package. (In a real SHTF emergency, they might not be available at all)
8) test iron for sufficient heat
9) position patch over hole
10) using hot pad, press patch over hole
You know, it is faster and easier to just thread a needle, sit down and sew the rip closed, the sew on a reinforcing patch. Needles, thread and straight pins are important survival tools and the skill is elementary and easy to learn.
Those same antique stores often have usable treadle sewing machines, as well.
Like you, I patch and hem and sew when necessary. I actually hate the chore, but that isn’t the point.
“Thats what the cops told me.
With the caveat that it’s unless they shot the retriever?”
No, it was their car. ;-)
There is more than one of those.
He was also fond of repeating.... Dishwashers are always needed.
One can only wonder how many unemployed could get a job a the kitchen washing dishes if they only would go look
Sure do. I haven't bought a retail shirt in 10 years. Get all mine at the Salvation Army. $75 to $100 shirts for $2.50 to $5. Dang near new and a good percentage are missing a button. Often still have the replacement buttons down at the hem still attached.
How to trap critters. With a couple of conibears or even some snare wire, you will never go hungry for long.
Probably already said, but shoot a gun, fish, and hunt
Probably already said, but shoot a gun, fish, and hunt
Their stupidty or laziness is your gain! I buy lots of things at Salvation Army and Goodwill , too. They are good sources for yard/auto/house work or vacation clothes, not dress or “nice” work stuff as often, but sometimes a really nice item will be found there.
With no road or no building, ME’s are out in the cold
CE’s are the lathe of engineers
All disciples are worthless without the others.
The best Engineers I have met are simply smart and have a good overlap.
I am also pinging an EE as they are the real problem.
I never click on a blog and am now glad I didn’t.
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