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50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do
Marc & Angel Hack Life ^ | March 14, 2011 | Marc & Angel

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 BBC’s Guide to Using a Computer * Mac Basics * Windows Basics

3. Use Google Effectively – Google knows everything. If you’re having trouble finding something with Google, it’s 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 you’ll 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 can’t cook your own steak and eggs, you probably aren’t going to make it.

* Cooking Basics and Tips * Cooking and Baking How To Information * Basics of Cooking Series

7. Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention – If you can’t 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


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: skills; survival; survivalskills
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Forty more at the site. Live 'How To' links at site.

Of course we can think of more! :)

1 posted on 03/14/2011 6:01:32 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
One of my favorite Robert Heinlein quote:
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.

2 posted on 03/14/2011 6:03:16 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
A Country Boy Can Survive ~ Hank Jr

Mike

3 posted on 03/14/2011 6:06:58 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Cook his next-door neighbor’s Golden Retriever?

(Hey, I’m a sentimental guy. Can’t honestly expect anyone to eat their own pet...!!)


4 posted on 03/14/2011 6:07:43 AM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Satisfy a woman”

Oh, wait...

*ducks*


5 posted on 03/14/2011 6:09:22 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Summed up long ago by Robert A. Heinlein:

"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."
6 posted on 03/14/2011 6:11:53 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: RandallFlagg

That was my number one. How to make her squeal like a pig.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 6:16:05 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I think shoot and clean a gun should be #2...right after build a fire.


8 posted on 03/14/2011 6:16:05 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Don't retreat...reload!.....and no, I'm not changing my tagline! Pray for Sarah and her family)
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To: Kartographer
Specialization is for insects.

With an Mechanical Engineering Degree - you can build anything.

I tell my students - Mechanical is the Cresent wrench of engineering.

9 posted on 03/14/2011 6:17:53 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Being a male, apart from childbirth, there ain't nothing I can't do. lol!
10 posted on 03/14/2011 6:18:22 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

In the event of the breakdown of society, you all better know how to start a fire with a car battery and steel wool.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 6:24:30 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The only thing I missed on that list was driving a stick shift. I’ll also admit to being weak on remembering names.


12 posted on 03/14/2011 6:27:01 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
40. Sew a Button onto Clothing – It sure is cheaper than buying a new shirt

Please tell me there aren't people who need to be told this. Do people really discard shirts because of a lost button??!!???

13 posted on 03/14/2011 6:33:45 AM PDT by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: 21stCenturion

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14 posted on 03/14/2011 6:34:49 AM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Marked


15 posted on 03/14/2011 6:35:49 AM PDT by youngidiot (Selling cantaloupe door to door isn't really a job.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

“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.


16 posted on 03/14/2011 6:37:34 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: kaylar
Kill, skin, cook and eat squirrel

My mumma told me you can catch a game bird if you put salt on its tail

17 posted on 03/14/2011 6:37:41 AM PDT by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“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.


18 posted on 03/14/2011 6:41:34 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Johnny B.
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.

A lot of this stuff takes practice. Dying gallantly?...not so much...

19 posted on 03/14/2011 6:44:37 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Last Dakotan

>>I tell my students - Mechanical is the Cresent wrench of engineering.<<

And Chemical is what makes a civilization civilized.


20 posted on 03/14/2011 6:45:05 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


21 posted on 03/14/2011 6:48:19 AM PDT by panaxanax (*Memo to Jim DeMint: Check your mail. Your DRAFT NOTICE will be arriving soon!)
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To: Hacklehead

Well, not all fire is the same.

You can’t cook your neighbour’s golden retriever over a burning automobile, for instance!


22 posted on 03/14/2011 6:52:44 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: kaylar

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!


23 posted on 03/14/2011 6:53:51 AM PDT by Buddygirl
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To: Buddygirl

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.


24 posted on 03/14/2011 7:00:51 AM PDT by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Good stuff.

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."

25 posted on 03/14/2011 7:05:07 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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?

LOL

Thanks for posting this Diana


26 posted on 03/14/2011 7:05:29 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

“You can’t cook your neighbour’s golden retriever over a burning automobile, for instance!”

That’s what the cops told me.


27 posted on 03/14/2011 7:10:14 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

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.


28 posted on 03/14/2011 7:18:04 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That is a cool website. I enjoyed reading several other things at the site. Thanks for sharing!


29 posted on 03/14/2011 7:23:37 AM PDT by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: NTHockey
And Chemical is what makes a civilization civilized.

I think a stoner once told me that - or something like that.

30 posted on 03/14/2011 7:27:33 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Use Google Effectively
Oh, please.
31 posted on 03/14/2011 7:33:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: djf
Tracker Lewis Gates: Could you promise me something? No matter how bad it gets, no matter what happens... don't let them eat my dog.

From "Last of the Dogmen".

32 posted on 03/14/2011 7:44:42 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: kaylar
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.


33 posted on 03/14/2011 7:50:28 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: Johnny B.

One of my favorites, thanks for posting it.


34 posted on 03/14/2011 9:10:06 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Hacklehead
That’s what the cops told me.

With the caveat that it's unless they shot the retriever?

35 posted on 03/14/2011 9:24:01 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: kaylar

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
3) wait
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.


36 posted on 03/14/2011 9:27:59 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Ping!


37 posted on 03/14/2011 9:28:32 AM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

“That’s what the cops told me.
With the caveat that it’s unless they shot the retriever?”

No, it was their car. ;-)


38 posted on 03/14/2011 9:30:29 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: tiki

There is more than one of those.


39 posted on 03/14/2011 9:35:34 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Hacklehead

LOL


40 posted on 03/14/2011 12:38:01 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: Johnny B.

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


41 posted on 03/14/2011 2:03:30 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: kaylar
Do people really discard shirts because of a lost button??!!???

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.

42 posted on 03/14/2011 2:20:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How to trap critters. With a couple of conibears or even some snare wire, you will never go hungry for long.


43 posted on 03/14/2011 2:33:36 PM PDT by darth
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Probably already said, but shoot a gun, fish, and hunt


44 posted on 03/14/2011 2:34:42 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Probably already said, but shoot a gun, fish, and hunt


45 posted on 03/14/2011 2:34:54 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: Sherman Logan

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.


46 posted on 03/14/2011 2:52:13 PM PDT by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: Last Dakotan

With no road or no building, ME’s are out in the cold

CE’s are the lathe of engineers


47 posted on 03/14/2011 3:18:43 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert; Last Dakotan; thackney

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.


48 posted on 03/14/2011 5:25:23 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure the accuracy of the quotes. ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865)
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To: panaxanax

Really?

I never click on a blog and am now glad I didn’t.


49 posted on 03/14/2011 5:34:29 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure the accuracy of the quotes. ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865)
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To: kaylar
I saw this advertised on teevee.


50 posted on 03/14/2011 5:51:24 PM PDT by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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