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Survival Tip - Excrement or Feces for Protection From: Radiation, Predators, etc...


Mar 2, 2016
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West Columbia, Texas
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Here is a very interesting topic of using feces as a means to shield astronauts from radiation during space travel: "Now that millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito has officially announced his intention to send a man and a woman on a round-trip journey to Mars in 2018, a few more details are trickling out about the Inspiration Mars project. One such detail is how the Inspiration Mars team plans to protect its astronauts from cosmic radiation: by lining the spacecraft walls with water, food, and the astronauts' own feces." Manned Mars mission plans include a radiation shield made of poop

I have heard of other such uses of human or animal excrement as a means of protection. For example, the Komodo Dragon and the Potato Beetle both cover themselves in their own feces to avoid being eaten by predators. Other insects, like the Potato Beetle, also use what is called a "Fecal Shield" for similar forms of protection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_shield and Insect Fecal Defense Mechanisms. Other studies have shown that Termites have built their own nests from their own feces to protect from pathogens used by humans to control them: http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/news/2013_09_26/Poop-as-weapon-against-termites-3325/

The use of feces as a defensive mechanism by humans has also been discussed in other areas on survival related forums. There was a case where a guy in Ohio tried something of this sort to avoid arrest. It didn't play out well for him and I am sure he got the hose ASAP: The Feces Defense Didn't Work - WOUB Digital. Anybody here know of similar stories or discussions about the use of excrement or feces for defense?

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