Wilderness Trivia

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I must admit that I am a huge fan of trivia. Don’t ask me how many Kardashians there are or who won the Oscar for Best picture last year. I am more interested in knowing that a US river ending in the suffix “-amack” means that it has been a river known for good fishing. Or, that regular insulin has been tested after being stored at 77 degrees Fahrenheit for one year and only lost 2% of its bioavailability. In the next few paragraphs, I want to share some of this and a few references you might want to check out, if you too are interested in such useful information.

Nature Trivia

  1. Broadleaf trees like Oak, Ash and Beech have a circumference in centimeters that is 2.5 times their age.
  2. Flagging. This is when the limbs are removed from one side of the tree (by the wind) and are only present and “flag” pointing away from the direction of the prevailing wind.
  3. Some morning glory flowers will only bloom when daylight hours drop below fifteen hours per day.
  4. Cirrus clouds followed by cirrostratus clouds indicate an approaching warm front likely bringing rain.
  5. Bees will not swarm if a storm is imminent.

Medical Trivia

  1. For every 10% of the human body that is affected by burns, the person needs 4 quarts of electrolyte solution to maintain daily needs. For every 1% above that 10%, add 1 quart per day.
  2. A home pressure cooker at 3-5 pounds of pressure for 30 minutes can be used to sterilize medical equipment.
  3. Jellyfish stings can be treated with vinegar. Forget the urinating on it myth. That is ammonia not vinegar.
  4. Up to 1.5 L/day/site can be infused via hypodermoclysis (infusion into the subcutaneous tissue) in the normal adult. This can be useful in the extremely dehydrated patient in which a vein cannot be found for intravenous infusion.
  5. According to the Oxford League Table of Analgesic Efficacy, Ibuprofen 800mg has a 100% rate of reducing pain by greater than or equal to 50%.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts that can be found in the two references below. I invite you to check them out and share interesting finds in the comments below.


Gooley, Tristan. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs.

Iserson, Kenneth. Improvised Medicine.

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