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15 Necessary Skills For When You're The Last Man On Earth

Be it zombie, plague, nuclear, robot, kaiju, Y2K—an apocalypse is coming. Are you ready?

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1. Archery

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Eventually you'll run out of bullets. Arrows can be reused and are moderately easy to make. Here's a primer:

1. Determine your dominant eye. To do this, hold your thump up, covering something you can see in the distance. Close your left, then your right. Whichever open eye keeps your thumb in the same position is your dominant eye.

2. Hold the bow with the opposite hand of your dominant eye.

3. Hold the arrow with three fingers

4. Raise and draw your bow with one fluid motion until your inner arm is parallel to the ground and your inner hand is at your cheek.

5. Aim. Focus on the target, not the arrow.

6. Simply oosen your fingers to release the arrow. Any deliberate movement could affect the shot.

If you can't get it right, there's always the machete slingshot.

2. Fire-building

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1. To start, use a lighter or matches (duh), a 9V battery and steel wool, or a magnesium fire starter.

2. Light paper or leaves for tinder (yes, that's probably where the dating app got it's name).

3. Add sticks as kindling. Form a pyramid with the sticks.

4. Add bigger sticks.

5. Cook whatever you shot with your bow and arrow.

6. Tell ghost stories.

3. Water purification

Because you don't want to be like Bear Grylls. Either boil water before drinking it, or buy a Lifestraw.
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Because you don't want to be like Bear Grylls. Either boil water before drinking it, or buy a Lifestraw.

4. Rope-making

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So many things. Shelter, climbing, hanging food so animals don't get it, tying up feral were-pigs!

You should stockpile rope. But if you're in a bind, hopefully you've mastered the art of making a rope out of plant fibers, as demonstrated here.

5. 5. Knots

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Speaking of rope—a true survivalist should have a whole repertoire of knots for every purpose. But if you learn one knot, make it a bowline.

6. Make shelter

Properly piled sticks and foliage. It's that easy. Suitable until you find a nice small cave.
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Properly piled sticks and foliage. It's that easy. Suitable until you find a nice small cave.

7. Meat preservation

As we learned in the Oregon Trail video game, you can only carry so much meat. Don't let that dead giant were-pig go to waste. Turn it into jerky. Just hang strips of it over a bed of coals, as demonstrated here.
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As we learned in the Oregon Trail video game, you can only carry so much meat. Don't let that dead giant were-pig go to waste. Turn it into jerky. Just hang strips of it over a bed of coals, as demonstrated here.

8. Animal husbandry

If you think that means bestiality then you're probably screwed. You can't rely entirely on hunting. Once you settle into a homestead, try to assemble some livestock—preferably cows, sheep, goats, chickens, or pigs. Avoid were-pigs.
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If you think that means bestiality then you're probably screwed. You can't rely entirely on hunting. Once you settle into a homestead, try to assemble some livestock—preferably cows, sheep, goats, chickens, or pigs. Avoid were-pigs.

9. Gardening

Next comes horticulture. Go ahead and order Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times while you still can.
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Next comes horticulture. Go ahead and order Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times while you still can.

10. Diplomacy

To avoid a Lord-of-the-Flies situation, practice good diplomacy when you form your first survivalist community—that is, if you ever find other humans or make peace with the werepigs. Study up on Roger's Rules of Order.
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To avoid a Lord-of-the-Flies situation, practice good diplomacy when you form your first survivalist community—that is, if you ever find other humans or make peace with the werepigs. Study up on Roger's Rules of Order.

11. First aid

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Know the basics.

1. Minor cut

2. Wound

3. Broken bone

4. Burn

5. Snake bite

6. Zombie bite

12. Knife sharpening

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If you don't have a sharpener, you can use a porous rock. Press the blade against the rock at an angle and gently drag the blade across the rock. Be careful. If you're not careful, see above.

13. Edibility testing

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If you're not sure if that berry or mushroom will nurture you, make you pee out of your butt, or send you to outer space, use the Universal Edibility Test.

14. Navigation

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Knowing how to use a compass means knowing how to use a map. If you're missing both, follow the sun, which rises in the east and sets in the west. At night, go by the North Star at the end of the Big Dipper.

15. Leadership

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With most the world population decimated, now is your chance to take over as supreme ruler. Start studying up on Machiavelli.

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