Lost? Save Yourself With a Paperclip

Lost? Save Yourself With a Paperclip

Getting lost in the wild is a nightmare situation for most people, and with good reason. Without the necessary skills and mental fortitude to do what’s necessary to survive, it can be a death sentence. While in most cases it is recommended to stay put and wait for Search and Rescue to arrive, in some cases that may not be an option.

Without a compass, finding the right direction to go may be difficult. If you happen to have a paperclip, however, you may be in luck. As the following video shows, a paperclip may just save your life:


As seen in the video (created by Alison Doyle), a paperclip can work as a functioning compass. The ability to find your direction is imperative in a survival situation. The paperclip compass will help you determine north and south, which in combination with the movement of the sun, will allow you to travel in your desired direction.

All you need to do is straighten out the paperclip, place a leaf on a puddle of water and then magnetize the paperclip. You can achieve this effect by sliding a rock across the metal in one direction.

Once you’ve magnetized the paperclip, place it vertically along the leaf. The paperclip will cause the leaf to rotate freely in the water and point north and south.

The same trick works with a sewing needle. Check out these other ways you can find your direction in the wild and potentially save your life.

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