- you can start a fire by mixing potassium permanganate and glycerin, two common items in a survival/first-aid kit.
- a handful of termites is about 550 calories of yummy goodness
- grasshoppers are a great source of omega-3 oil
- there is such a thing as a grizzly bear - polar bear hybrid. It's rare, but it has happened both in captivity and in the wild
- dragon skin body armor is really cool
- Ka-Bar knives have been around for over 100 years (though not always called that) -- here's how it got it's famous name:
Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company. He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was "k a bar". The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.
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