Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Survival Skills?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Survival Skills?
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About This Quiz

Life is defined by its surroundings. We learn to live in the environments we call home. Our defenses are based on the sorts of threats we expect to face, which are all a product of our environments. These factors are further contributed to by our formal education and profession, the interests and values of our parents and teachers, and the things we learn to do just for fun.

What does this all mean? It means that your skills, and most specifically your survival skills, are a product of where you grew up, because your hometown will have inculcated certain habits and expectations that led to gaining a certain set of skills. Even people lucky enough to join BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) will sharpen different skills depending on where they grow up. When you focus the lens on regions of the country, the differences come into even higher relief. What we believe we can do is determine where you are from by having you run through a series of questions dealing with survival skills. Some of these will seem easy to answer, and may not seem out of the ordinary. Other questions may be outside your wheelhouse, which is exactly to be expected. It is this contrast we will use to tell where you are from. Are you ready to give us a shot?

How can you usually tell it's time to keep an eye out for trouble?
None of the apartments around you have air conditioners, but they have sleeves built into the walls for air conditioners.
The temperature suddenly changes.
You can't see into the water, but you can see there are a lot of large fish.
Night falls unexpectedly early.

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What is the number one most important item you'd take with you to stay alive?
Cash
A knife
A compass
A gun

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What sort of person should you avoid at all costs?
Crazy people
People who seem to be hiding out, away from civilization.
Smugglers
Tourists

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What kind of animal is there very little you can do to stop if they decide to come for you?
Pit bulls
Bears
Sharks
Mountain lions

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What kind of food would you bring with you for a long stay in the wild?
Vitamin water
Energy bars
Canned fruit
Jerky

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What do you wear when you want to remain safe?
Nothing fancy, nothing nice
Layers
A life jacket
A duster

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How would you tell time without a watch or a phone?
Look for a clock tower
Listen to the kinds of birds making noises
See how the tides are moving
Use the sun

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Other than English, what language do you think would be most useful for you to speak, from a survival perspective?
Slang
Morse
Flag semaphore
Spanish

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How would you set up your sleeping arrangements in a survivalist situation?
Find an empty subway car
Build a lean-to
Fashion a hammock if possible
It doesn't matter much if you keep your boots on.

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What is the first thing you must do in the morning when you wake up?
Make sure you still have your wallet.
Make sure no animals are in your camp.
Check your latitude and longitude.
Check your clothes and boots for scorpions.

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How would you typically start a campfire?
In an empty metal barrel
WIth a bow
I'd have to bring my own wood.
With a lens

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What kind of shelter would you build if you had none?
A cardboard box house
A tree-dwelling
A covered raft
A tent, if possible

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What kind of weather do you fear the most?
Blizzards
Spring heat waves
Hurricane
Summertime

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How would you navigate without a map?
Look to the street numbers to know which direction you're facing
Go downhill until you find a stream or river, then follow it
Use the stars
Use the sun and look for roads to follow

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To where do you look to see threats before they come?
People on the street with nothing to do
Look for carrion birds
Look for large, dark shapes in the water
Keep an eye on any rocky crevice or cave

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Which physical characteristic will serve you best in a survival scenario?
Hulking size
Stamina
Steadiness
Resilience to temperature shifts

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What sign would you look for to determine if you were headed to civilization?
Artisanal mayonnaise shops
Landscaping
Dots on the horizon
Roads

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How likely is it you'll run into a helpful person in the survival scenario for which you're prepared?
Very likely
Somewhat likely
Fairly unlikely
Very unlikely

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Which of these tools would you most want in a desperate survival scenario?
A dirty coat that makes me look like I'm homeless
Cross-country style skis
A flare gun
A hat

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What would you want with you in a serious fight for your life?
A blackjack
A rifle
A spear gun
A revolver

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How long should it take you to get to safety, if you're in the deepest, darkest wilderness?
An hour or two
A couple of days
It could be weeks.
If I don't come back in a few days, I'm never coming back.

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Who taught you your survival skills?
I learned them from experience.
My scoutmaster
A distant family member
My parents

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What large equipment would dramatically improve your odds of survival?
A taxi
A snowmobile
A sailboat
An ATV

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How many times have you had to face the very real possibility of death or injury in a survival scenario?
At least a half dozen times
Once
Never, thank God
A few times

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What sort of diet should one eat to prepare to face the extremes to which you are accustomed?
Juice fast
Carb load
Lots of citrus fruit
Plenty of protein

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What superstitions are there about the kind of all or nothing survivalist scenarios you're prepared for?
You'll definitely get stabbed.
There are ghosts out there.
Women are bad luck.
There are evil spirits lurking.

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What sort of minor disability can become a real problem in a life or death struggle?
Asthma
Arthritis
Color blindness
Food allergies

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What sort of training would best prepare someone for survival in your neck of the woods?
Krav Maga
Outward Bound
ASA Certification
Army training

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How likely is the average person to wind up in trouble if they come to the sort of place where your skills apply?
Some trouble is likely, bad trouble is unlikely.
There's a small risk.
There is a pretty decent risk of serious trouble.
They're gonna die. They shouldn't mess around.

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To which of these people would you attribute the skills needed to survive the way you know how to survive?
Steven Seagal
Bear Grylls
Robin Lee Graham
EJ "Skullcrusher" Snyder

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