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To: Kartographer
If we normally picked up 4 cans of green beans, we would get 6 instead. Rather than 1 bottle of honey, we would get 2.

Right there is a huge part of why so many freak out during an emergency. IOW, on the average day they would have two cans of beans and call it good. Let's say a quarter of them don't have a manual can opener. Then of those 75% who have the means and sense to open a can, half of them would let their kids die on the spot rather than serve them cold beans out of the can.

8 posted on 11/13/2012 11:39:49 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: bgill
Right there is a huge part of why so many freak out during an emergency. IOW, on the average day they would have two cans of beans and call it good. Let's say a quarter of them don't have a manual can opener. Then of those 75% who have the means and sense to open a can, half of them would let their kids die on the spot rather than serve them cold beans out of the can.

A manual can opener is mandatory for a survival kit. You must have however a pantry of all kinds of canned foods. Soda crackers and peanut butter are pretty good also. Found all this out about 13 years ago stranded in NY with no power for a week.

14 posted on 11/13/2012 3:06:46 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: bgill
Right there is a huge part of why so many freak out during an emergency. IOW, on the average day they would have two cans of beans and call it good. Let's say a quarter of them don't have a manual can opener. Then of those 75% who have the means and sense to open a can, half of them would let their kids die on the spot rather than serve them cold beans out of the can.

I doubt it. First, if you buy two extra cans every time you go the the store, you have dozens of extra cans at the end of the year. As for your other points, most people do have a manual can opener someplace. If they don't they will find something to open it with (a knife will do) and will eat pretty much anything at some point. Hunger is a great motivator.

18 posted on 11/14/2012 2:40:05 AM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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