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You're standing in the middle of the frozen Great Lakes with your ice fishing gear and your best buddy. All of a sudden, you hear the cracks, then BAM! You've fallen through the ice. What now?

By Katherine Neer

If your SCUBA diving equipment failed, would you know what to do? Although having your diving equipment fail while you are dozens or even hundreds of feet underwater sounds like a scary thing, it's really not so bad if you're prepared.

By Katherine Neer & Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D.

It's a beautiful day in November, and you decide it's the perfect opportunity to take the boat out. You spend all day on the lake and right when you turn around to come home, the engine dies.

By Katherine Neer


The Bermuda Triangle is an area off the southern coast of the U.S. that's known for a slew of strange disappearances since the mid-19th century. Here are 10 of the most infamous.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd. & Marie Willsey

You won't find it on any official map, but some people think the Bermuda Triangle is a very real place where ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared. However, researchers have found not-so-mysterious explanations for these disappearances.

By Lee Ann Obringer & Patrick J. Kiger

The popularity of films like "Titanic" illustrate that shipwreck tales hold a certain allure. They have the appeal of human tragedy, occasional heroics and often mysterious circumstances. Explore the stories behind a few of the thousands of real-life shipwrecks in the record books.

By Julia Layton

A shark attack is truly a terrifying experience for the victim -- but are sharks really man-eating monsters with a taste for human flesh? Or do some people just happen to get in the way of animals obeying their instincts? Find out.

By Ed Grabianowski


Flying is one of the safest modes of transportation. But what if there's a disaster and you find yourself falling from the sky without a parachute. Would you survive?

By Sarah Gleim

Most of us have heard some amazing survival stories in our lives -- people living after hours trapped under an avalanche or amputating their own limbs to get free of traps. Check out some true survival stories.

By Allison Klein

Hey 63-year-old retired schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor took the challenge in 1901. How hard can it be? Well Ms. Taylor may have gotten lucky because these falls have claimed the lives of many. Find out what it takes and who in the world would volun

By Lee Ann Obringer

Shark attacks aren't very common but they happen. Knowing where shark-prone areas are, and what to avoid wearing in the water can help prevent shark attacks. If you do cross paths with a shark, these 15 tips for surviving a shark attack should help.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.


Bears are typically just as scared of us as we are of them. Knowing more about the behavior of bears can help you to understand why a bear would attack in the first place. Respect their boundaries and use these 15 tips for surviving a bear encounter.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.