Be very, very afraid. When you step through your door for an innocent excursion, grave danger awaits. You might be mugged; tied up; attacked by scorpions, piranhas, or tarantulas; trapped in a falling plane or elevator, a runaway train, a car on a cliff, a sandstorm, a riptide, or a riot. But now it's safe to take that vacation anyway. Just pack The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel
, and you'll know what to do when you find yourself, say, leaping between rooftops: "Because you will not be moving fast, it is safe to roll head over heels, unlike jumping from a moving vehicle." Now you'll also know what not
to do: never pick up a tarantula, as the spines on their abdomens are like little harpoons, and don't yank the reins of a runaway camel ("Pulling on the nose reins can tear the camel's nose--or break the reins"). You may have the sense, if a leech invades your air passage, to gargle with a 50 percent solution of 80-proof alcohol--but without this book, would you remember not to inhale?
In short, this is the most delightfully terrifying, all-true, laugh-out-loud hilarious book since the original Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, which covers such horrors as alligators and quicksand. Don't leave home without it! --Tim Appelo
Quick: You're on an elevator when the cable snaps, plunging you into free fall. What do you do? Jump in the air at the moment of impact, right? Sure, except that the elevator "will likely collapse...and crush you," note the authors of the bestseller "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook." The right answer: Lie flat on the floor to distribute the impact. In deadpan tone, Piven and Borgenicht advise how to survive a plane crash, remove a leech (burning it off will make it regurgitate, causing infection who knew?) and escape from the trunk of a car. The scenarios owe a debt to action flick clich's how often do you find yourself leaping from rooftop to rooftop? but their utter implausibility doesn't make this read any less riveting.
Danger lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know, from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information this indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age. Because you never know...
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Borgenicht, co-author of THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK, says his love of "worst-case scenarios" came from a trip to Pakistan during which he rode around in a heavy-armored vehicle. His other books include MOM ALWAYS SAID: "DON'T PLAY BALL IN THE HOUSE" AND OTHER STUFF WE LEARNED FROM TV (Chilton/Krause), SESAME STREET: UNPAVED (Hyperion), and the LITTLE BOOK OF STUPID QUESTIONS (Sourcebooks). He lives in the relative safety of Philadelphia. Joshua Piven is co-author of THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK. He has written dozens of articles for magazines and newspapers, including COMPUTER SHOPPER, WORKING AT HOME, and BUSINESS PHILADELPHIA. He's ready for anything.