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Man Survives Two Months in Car Without Food: Believable or Unlikely?

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According the BBC, a 45-year-old man was found trapped in his car on Friday, about half a mile from a main road in northern Sweden, and claims to have been stuck there since December 19. Temperatures had reached -22F (-30C) in the area, and the man could hardly speak when he was found. Officials say they believe his story, and one doctor says he might have fallen into a "kind of hibernation."

Officer Ebbe Nyberg said, "He was in a very poor state. Poor condition. He said he'd been there for a long time and had survived on a little snow. He said himself he hadn't eaten anything since December." The man was found huddled in a sleeping bag in the back seat, and is thought to have used melted snow to stay hydrated. Talk about a long winter...


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  • FUS RO ... Michaela★ 2012/02/21 04:56:05
    FUS RO DAH!
    +1
    You are right it is bullcrap
  • LdyLeo 2012/02/20 21:36:35
    Unlikely
    LdyLeo
    +3
    He probably ate his wife and kids. That's how he survived.
  • Mr. Won... LdyLeo 2012/02/20 23:05:31
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    LOL! Now that is funny is a sick sort of way.

    Hey, happened in the past, Google "Donner Party" Way back in 1846 several famlies from a wagon train heading West got stuck in a snow storm just East of California and could no longer make it through a Mt. pass and resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Happened at least once in modern times when people left from a plane crash high in the Mts. also ate their fellow passengers. Movies were made of each event.
  • Deactivated...? 2012/02/20 21:28:34
    Unlikely
    Deactivated...?
    My family and me took a road trip and our tire had exploded (yes I mean that) on the road. Luckily nobody got hurt but we had to go without food for like 2 or 3 days. My mom says I passed out
  • Michaela★ Deactiv... 2012/02/20 21:56:42
    Michaela★
    +2
    that sucks! but I mean 2 or 3 days without food is endurable, no water for that long? I guess possible barley. but this dude was gone for 2 months without any of that or warmth, I don't get how it's possible, lol. seems like what he's claiming is crap, lol.
  • Deactiv... Michaela★ 2012/02/21 00:46:36
    Deactivated...?
    xD haha yea
  • freebirdie Michaela★ 2012/02/21 04:18:20
    freebirdie
    He ate snow, which is water. You can last a long time just on water. Remember, when they found him he was in very poor condition.
  • Elementer 2012/02/20 21:10:10 (edited)
  • meshell Elementer 2012/02/21 02:26:19 (edited)
    meshell
    yeah the oxygen was what made me think it was bulloney. maybe he was on his way home with the shopping, and he has a stockpile of food to do him a few weeks...maybe, on a bad note his family starved to death waiting for him to return with the food.
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/02/20 21:03:21
    Unlikely
    Rusty Shackleford
    +2
    Two months is too long to go unless he was really, really, really fat.

    I am skeptical.
  • Louis Contreras 2012/02/20 21:00:33
    Unlikely
    Louis Contreras
    Doesn't seem that likely. A difficult feat even if he had planned it and was prepared.
  • C. C. Rider 2012/02/20 20:43:01
    Believable
    C. C. Rider
    +5
    Oh PHULEEEZE, I have known men to go longer with out food when they were told they had to cook for themselves.



    men cooking
  • Raymond... C. C. R... 2012/02/20 22:42:19
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    i resent that, i'm a great cook.
  • C. C. R... Raymond... 2012/02/21 01:09:55 (edited)
    C. C. Rider
    +2
    LOL And I see you lived! You must get a TV show so you can save others. lol...
  • Raymond... C. C. R... 2012/02/21 01:26:37
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    nah, not giving out my recipes to no one.
  • C. C. R... Raymond... 2012/02/21 01:29:10
    C. C. Rider
    LOL I don't blame you....that is unless you a good one for lasgna!!!

    lasgne
  • Raymond... C. C. R... 2012/02/21 01:32:42
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    i make the best lasagna, and it's not a veggie one either.
  • meshell Raymond... 2012/02/21 02:33:23
    meshell
    +2
    honestly most men, not all, but most are bloody good cooks.. go through 20 resturants, and see who is cooking, 85% of the chefs are men..
  • meshell C. C. R... 2012/02/21 02:31:59
    meshell
    +1
    awesome statement C.C.Rider, good laught had by it.
  • GoDucks5 2012/02/20 20:24:41
    Believable
    GoDucks5
    +1
    That's possible as long as he had a water source.
  • meshell GoDucks5 2012/02/21 03:09:48
    meshell
    snow or water produced from snow contains many bacteria, the most common, is Psuedomonas syringae, large quantities of snow or melted snow is harmful, small quantities are ok, not good but ok. living on bacteria ridden snow for 2 months would have eventually sent his body into shock, as well as drinking melted snow or eating snow, lowers the bodys core temprature. shock + low body core temp,, commonly results in death.
  • Ze End 2012/02/20 20:13:49
    Believable
    Ze End
    there are some horror stories of POW men from Vietnam who lived on nothing but water and some juice for 3 months.
  • ~Kutie~ 2012/02/20 19:57:21
    Believable
    ~Kutie~
    The body does amazing and unbelievable things when it’s put in situations like this.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/02/20 19:56:02
    Believable
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    He had a water source, people can live over 2 months without food, hunger strikers have.
  • Kirino 2012/02/20 19:37:05
  • 7leads 2012/02/20 19:31:37
    Unlikely
    7leads
    nope...no way in hell...
  • ButterbeerMe 2012/02/20 19:31:11
    Unlikely
    ButterbeerMe
    +1
    Maybe he was disoriented when he told them December 19, but when he had recovered decided to go with it since it was giving him so much positive press.
  • kelly 2012/02/20 19:27:34
    Believable
    kelly
    I've heard weirder stories about the situations the human body has lived through. I can picture this
  • Ol'Dave 2012/02/20 18:55:10
    Unlikely
    Ol'Dave
    Even IF ALL THE INTERIOR WAS EDIBLE, he would still need WATER or his life functions would cease in @ a week and a half! Even IF HE ATE ENOUGH SNOW to provide him enough water, HE WOULD DIE WITHOUT FOOD IN @ 10 DAYS.
  • Mr. Won... Ol'Dave 2012/02/20 19:30:25
    Mr. Wonderful
    Actually depends on many factors. Like how much body fat he has. Assuming his body goes into survial mode, your BMR (calories needed just to say alive, breathing, heart, rate, mimimal brain activity) you're going to burn about 1200 calories a day.

    You burn about 3500 calories when you lose a pound, so 1200 x 60 days = 72,000 calories expended in two months or 72000 / 3500 = 21 pounds of body fat lost

    Doable, and if necessary your body will once it runs out of body fat start to use some muscle for fuel. Average person has 37-41% of their total weight as muscle. So assuming the guy weighted 180 pounds, that would be about 72 pounds of muscle, easily get body to burn up 10% or so plus if he had 20% body fat that would be about 36 pounds of fat he could use as fuel to stay alive.

    Adjust up or down depending on actual weight, activity level, actual body fat etc.. Yes could be done, but I still question why would you stay in your car for two months and not try to walk yourself to safety?
  • tipytime Mr. Won... 2012/02/20 20:15:29
    tipytime
    R u a genius
  • Mr. Won... tipytime 2012/02/20 23:19:04
    Mr. Wonderful
    No, I'm just Mr. Wonderful. ;-)

    A BMR or caculating your Basal Metabolic Rate is simple enough, you can find both the equation and caculators on many sites on the web, just Google the term. Next you use the Harris Benedict Equation, (also Google) then you got your number of calories needed to stay at any weight, based on age, sex, height, activity level.

    If you want to add/lose weight, take the constant of 3500 caloires to drop/add a pound you can plug that in and determine what to takes to get to a certain weight. Best to target about one pound per week for dieting purposes.
  • tipytime Mr. Won... 2012/02/21 07:48:11
    tipytime
    Im eleven im still growing
  • peggy Ol'Dave 2012/02/20 20:54:43
    peggy
    No
  • Skar 2012/02/20 18:45:06
    Unlikely
    Skar
    I have no doubt that someone could survive 2 months with just water and the sub freezing temp would help slow the metabolism, but only a half mile to the main road and no attempt to self rescue makes it sound kind of fishy.
  • DizziNY 2012/02/20 18:18:10
    Unlikely
    DizziNY
    +1
    Where did he go relieve himself?

    toilet
  • Curmudgeon 2012/02/20 18:14:11
    Unlikely
    Curmudgeon
    If it does work, imagine the diet plan he has? Although the infomercials would be strange.
  • savannalea 2012/02/20 18:02:34
    Unlikely
    savannalea
    +1
    you cant go a certain amount of days without food ..
  • JJ 2012/02/20 17:53:05
    Believable
    JJ
    +3
    If he had water, he most likely had a good chance of making it those 2 months. I had read about a cat a couple of years ago that jumped in one of the boxes that was being put in a moving van and no one knew it was there and no one could find it. When his family left for their new home they stored some of their stuff, the cat got stored too. When they went to get the stuff and started to open boxes, out poped the cat. No one could believe the cat was still alive, but it was...lost a little weight and was mighty hungry and thirsty, but the cat made it.
  • Sofahead 2012/02/20 17:41:24 (edited)
    Unlikely
    Sofahead
    +1
    I say unlike because it is quite extraordinary length of time given but, seeing the extraordinary does happen every once in awhile, not impossible.

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