By Pat Henry
One of the scenes or opportunities to learn something from American Blackout was the scene where the Yuppie guy was trying to open a can of peaches that he apparently had stolen. I guess the Yuppies didn’t have a can opener in their fancy apartment so the guy had to use his own smarts to open the can himself. This is the same can he bashed over the head of a guy who was trying to steal it from him to feed his family. Funny how this man was so desperate for food that he beat someone to death, but the can of peaches kicked his butt.
When he couldn’t get the can open, he started jabbing a knife down onto the lid (bad idea) and ended up cutting his hand pretty badly. Not what you want to do in the middle of a crisis. In this scenario there was no way he could make it to a hospital and there were obviously more people with much more serious injuries so he and his can inspired fit throwing would be at the back of the line. Not to mention both he and his girlfriend would have to leave the relative safety of his poorly equipped apartment to seek medical attention. They might end up in worse shape as evidenced by the bad guys who finally got to them at the end of the episode.
If the crisis had lasted longer than 10 days, there might never have been any medical treatment and he could have died from a relatively simple infection.
Most of us do have a can opener around the house and I recommend you have a manual can opener as a back up. There are ways to open a can without a can opener though and I found this quick video explaining the concept. Its dirt simple and doesn’t require you to kill anyone first. These two guys are funny and my favorite line is:
“Guess what? Cat gonna Survive too”. – Thanks to Sarah for correcting me. I don’t understand Russian too well
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