Monday, July 24, 2006
When Rapists and Alligators Attack...But Not Sharks
What you read here today might one day save your life. In Florida, a sixteen year old kid was dragged into water by an alligator and because he watches the Discovery Channel, he was able to free himself. He remembered that if you're ever pulled into the water by an alligator, you're supposed to stick your thumb into its eye. I learned the same thing about rapists in a self-defense class.
But say you're swimming in the ocean, or a really strange lake, and a shark attacks you, what do you do? My initial answer was, "Blow your rape whistle" or "Use pepper spray", but that's difficult in water. No, what you're supposed to do is grab the shark by the gills.
Please remember these tips. If this post saves just one life, I'll have done my job. And keep this in mind: Rapists don't have gills. It's a lot to keep track of, I know, but it's so important that you do.