The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

Danger! It 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 FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid’s Pocket Guide and Hypochondriac’s Handbook, this indispensable, 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…


  • Series: Worst Case Scenario
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811825558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811825559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
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  1. Wow, what a book. Contains all kinds of cool stuff I’ve always wanted to know. Heres a partial list of whats in the book:-How to jump from a bridge into a lake or river.-How to jump from a multi-story rooftop into a dumpster.-How to run on top of a speeding train.-How to leap from a motorcycle into moving car.-How to deliver a baby in a taxi cab.-How to land an airplane.-How to survive if your parachute fails to open.-How to survive machine gun fire from a passing car.-How to get to the surface if your scuba tank runs out of air.-How to escape quicksand (even if your up to your neck).-How to ram a car.-How to break down a door (exactly where to kick.)-How to break into and hotwire a car.-How to do a 180 degree turn with your car (also known as a bootleggers turn).-How to fight sharks, grizzly bears and mountian lions without any kind of weapons. -How to beat the living hell out of an attacking alligator (where to hit him that will stop him instantly).This is dead serious material. I have no idea why it would be in the humor section of the bookstore. Buy it, learn the material, weave some fantastic tales for the grand kids and become the family legend. I enjoyed this book so much I bought 3 copies for my ‘very tough’ beer drinking buddies.

  2. This calendar is the perfect gift for the office bound weekend warrior, trivia buff, outdoors-person, or survivalist nut on your holiday list.
    How to fend off a shark attack? How to jump from a five story building into a dumpster? How to survive a hostage situation? I have to ask myself…who in the world (outside the Navy SEALS) needs to KNOW this stuff? Well, heck, not me. But I LOVED reading this book.
    This book DOES have some critical information in it that everyone should have learned in grade school but too many of us forget; practical stuff like tornado safety, fire escape, or how to avoid being hit my lightning.
    Most of us daydream occasionally about a life with more excitement and adventure. And who hasn’t wondered about how one would survive a several hundred foot plunge into a river al la “The Fugitive”? And how much training (and insanity) did it take to become that guy on “The Crocodile Hunter”? The one thing that I wonder most about all this is who these “experts” are who came up with the information on, say, “jumping off a five story building into a dumpster”. How do they know how to escape a mountain lion attack or the best way to ram a car out of one’s way or how to dodge a bullet? Trial and error? The mind boggles.
    Hopefully, no one reading this book will ever have to actually use it. In spite of the scare factor, however (or perhaps because of it), this is one VERY interesting, fascinating, funny book, and great for passing around at parties. It has a “you have GOT to be kidding me” factor that is just fantastic.
    In any case, the Worst Case Scenario Calendar is so amazingly, marvellously surreal, you have to own it just for the cachet factor. And frankly, its as close as I EVER want to get to this kind of `adventure”.

  3. As a contributor to this book (unpaid) I was rewarded by the authors with an autographed copy. Upon opening it I was delighted with what could only be described as a “What would I do?” guide for potential Walter Mittys.
    How to take a headpunch, how to wrestle an alligator/shark, how to avoid gunfire, how to escape quicksand, how to land a plane, how to jump out of a moving car, how to get onto a moving freight train and how to survive a sinking automobile (my contribution) are but a few of the entertainingly written and illustrated topics.
    What guy, sitting in a darkened theater watching Arnold, Sly or John Wayne for that matter, hasn’t wondered “How would I get out of (or survive) that situation?” This book answers them all!
    I purchased several copies for male friends and family members who I know all secretly want to go on a search and destroy mission with Chuck Norris or dig for buried treasure with Indiana Jones.

  4. I have to confess, I’ve never found any manaul so amusing! For all you writers and D&D adventures, this guide helps you learn how to deal with all-too-often-occurences with your charcters. Unfortuantely, these things can happen in real life too, so one must be prepared. Now, I wouldn’t expect to be able to walk into the cockpit and just take over from this book, but I might be able to radio for help, and (at worst) not-so-leathly land the plane.
    Though all joking aside, there are important things written in this book that everyone should know how to do. Like escape from a sinking car, deal with down power lines, ecsape bears; mountain lions; and bees, and of course; identify a bomb. It is a lovely travel size, perfect to stuff in your backpack or purse. (It would be assumed you’d read it BEFORE heading out… It would be rather awkard trying to hit the alligator and read at the same time…)
    Thankfully, one should never really need such information, but should such a tradgey arise, at least you would have been prepared! I do not recomend to live (or die) by this handbook, but if you ever just wanted to know how to survive if your chute doesn’t open…
    Other than that, the authers attack the subject with humor and jovaility in such a way that makes it a good read whether you ever need the advice or not!

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