"The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel," by...

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May 20, 2001|By Michael Pakenham

"The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel," by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (Chronicle Books, 191 pages, $14.95).

Do not use brute force, heat, salt or insect repellant to remove a leech from your flesh -- there's a simple, safe, non-toxic method, using your fingernail. If you're lost in a jungle, follow animal trails downward to a river and raft out. If you find yourself on a runaway camel, don't try to stop it by pulling back; rather, use the reins to pull its head well to one side, forcing it to circle. It soon will tire and lie down. These and dozens of other step-by-step instructions make this delightful little book quite possibly useful. More tips include getting out of perilously hanging automobiles, surviving hostage captivity, getting out of a hole in the ice and -- of course -- foiling abduction by an extraterrestrial biological entity. A charming sequel to "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" by the same authors.

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