What It's Like Inside A Plane Crash And How To Survive One

Last night's insane crash in Taipei got me wondering what it'd be like to experience such an event. So I talked to legendary adventurer Robert Young Pelton, who survived a very similar experience. Here's his story and advice on living through it. » 2/05/15 12:33pm 2/05/15 12:33pm

​I Went Camping With Bear Grylls, And Survived

"Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?" That's a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here's what happened over the next few days. » 11/21/14 11:33am 11/21/14 11:33am

Before Going To Space, Astronauts Had to Survive the Desert

No one knew if the first attempts at getting humans into space would crash catastrophically. Before any astronaut could leave the planet, NASA tested their capacity to survive a crash landing in a hostile environment by abandoning them in the desert with only a re-entry pod and parachute for company. » 5/18/14 11:22am 5/18/14 11:22am

Break a Car Window with a Headrest in an Emergency

With luck, you'll never be trapped in a car with the need to break the window from the inside, but if you are, and you don't have the right tools, your salvation may be right behind your head. Here's how to use your car seat's headrest to break your car door window. » 1/08/14 1:59pm 1/08/14 1:59pm

30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car

Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our car trunks, while others have enough packed to live in their cars for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of thirty things we think every car owner should always have on hand. » 9/06/13 11:34am 9/06/13 11:34am

What Can I Do To Help After A Disaster?

Dear Lifehacker,
Hurricane Sandy was rough on me. Now that my power is back on and I'm getting things back to normal, what can I do to help people who are still struggling? » 11/05/12 1:00pm 11/05/12 1:00pm

How To Prepare Your Car To Handle An EMP And Why You Shouldn't Bother

Last week, we were sent this Craigslist ad where someone was trying to sell their old, sitting for "several years," farm use-plated, Diesel Jetta by pitching it as an "EMP Proof" vehicle. First of all, a farm use Jetta? Did the pigs use it to commute to their day jobs telemarketing? » 8/27/12 2:00pm 8/27/12 2:00pm

How Did This Man Not Die After a 1-Ton Metal Shack Fell On Top of Him?

This is insane. A freakishly powerful gust of wind blew a 1-ton metal shack off the ground and onto a man. You can see the shack rolling, hitting power cables, knocking the man over and presumably smashing a car too. I don't know how you can still be alive after dealing with that metal shack on top of you but… » 4/14/11 4:20pm 4/14/11 4:20pm

How to drive away from a tsunami

Amazingly, videos of tsunami waves coming ashore in Japan this week showed many people driving away from the water. If you find yourself in a similar situation, how can you increase your chances of survival from nil to slim?
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Naturally, since you live in a tsunami zone — or you're an informed traveler visiting…

Naked Lady Survives Car Crash, Thanks God with Butt

Philadelphia police arrived on the scene of a car crash to discover the female driver naked, dancing, and performing downward dogs while hollering, "I'm free! I'm free! Thank you, God!" Video is somewhat NSFW. » 2/14/11 5:45pm 2/14/11 5:45pm

The Harrowing Tale of an Amtrak Train Stuck on the Rails for 10 Hours

A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it. » 12/17/10 5:22pm 12/17/10 5:22pm