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Friday, October 03, 2008

survivorman vs. bear

i've said it before, and i'll say it again... anyone who thinks that survivorman is tougher than bear grylls is CRAAAZY! and i know i'm friends with a few of you. but seriously... survivorman?!

burton and i have been discovery channel fans for awhile now. we love ourselves some mythbusters (though, deadliest catch, how its made, and dirty jobs need to beat it), and we're big fans of man vs. wild. we've been faithful fans, even through the admission that his camera crew aren't just silent observers all the time, and that he has stayed in hotels mid-episode when supposedly he's roughing it in the jungle. but even with that all out in the open now and the overall format of the show changing to be more openly inclusive of assistance and human contact, i still think that bear grylls could DEFINITELY kick survivorman's trash!

having seen bear grylls drink the juice from elephant dung, stick his head in a dead zebra to get rotten meat that he proceeds to eat, cut the head off a rattle snake (and looking no more shaken than i do when i have to smack a cricket with my shoe), pee into the skin of said rattle snake as backup in case he finds himself dehydrated, drink said pee when he eventually does find himself dehydrated, catch a live skunk with a trap and then cut it's head off and cook/eat the meat which tasted like "someone's taken your steak and rubbed it in dog feces"... it's hard to compare it to survivorman's discovery of a berry bush. i mean sure, bear isn't winning popularity contests with the vegetarians of the world, and i can't say i don't prefer berries to skunk tail... but berries and sticks... for SEVEN days?

if you've ever watched survivorman, then you know that his mission is to leave nature the way he found it. which makes good sense if you're at scout camp or yogi bear's campground... but if you're in survival mode, i think there's room for an exception. he also holds true to the "if you find yourself lost, just stay put" philosophy. and while, again, that might make good sense... does it really make good television? watching this guy, spend an entire day sewing a sleeping pad out of dry grass in the arizona desert, only to discover at the end of the day that he's kinda hungry, but will look for food tomorrow... riveting, i tell you. anyway, burton and i can't help but laugh that the episode of "the office" where michael decides to go film his own survivorman show, and tries to make a lean-to out of his suit pants is so close to how the actual show really is it's hardly a mockery.

so that's it. i just had to publicly state my opinion that bear wins... that being said, can you imagine your husband coming home with elephant dung on his breath? mercy.



Blogger The Bells said...

Agreed. I saw an episode where he bites into a live fish . . . skin and all. It was still flipping around! He was like "when I bite into it, its spine will break and he will die." Whoa. Double whoa. That's intense.

October 03, 2008 11:41 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

i'm glad you have your interests. i got to the part about drinking dung juice and stopped. incase i've never told you i have a super weak stomach. thanks for all the graphic details.

October 05, 2008 12:45 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

help. i'm trapped on your blog page...i have no idea why it posted twice.

October 05, 2008 12:45 AM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm in agreement.

October 07, 2008 10:28 AM

Blogger Veeda said...

also, bear grylls is much cuter. and my husband agrees.

October 09, 2008 12:27 PM

Blogger Jer or Stef said...

You've got to see Black Gold, it's like deadliest catch on an oil rig - maybe I can just relate because I hear jeremy talkin' the talk with his oil job! You sound great, i love your workign from home post, and have felt similar but unfortunately it was due to internet connection issues and a phone thats been dropped in the toilet (while clean)!

October 18, 2008 12:55 AM

Blogger Stacy said...

I know this post is now quite stale, but every time I mention how cool Grylls is, some helpful internetperson has to jump in and tell me what a fake he is, and how really great and realistic Survivorman is. I don't canoe, and the chances of me being stuck alone in any kind of wilderness are very, very slim, so for me it comes down to which one is bettr tv. Watching Survivorman survive with a broken arm by hunkering down and starving while being bitten by mosquitoes is not winning the competition. I've seen him survive a week without eating - I don't need to see it again.

January 25, 2009 4:39 PM


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