It's impossible to prepare for everything but that doesn't mean we have to face uncertainty with our naked butts.

Josh Otusanya is an internet personality who has captivated TikTok with quite a variety of different video series, like 'Small habits that can make someone dislike you' or 'Better questions to ask your crush.'

However, it's his uploads on survival that often get the most attention. Otusanya shares practical advice that can potentially save a person's life in everyday situations (getting chased by a swarm of bees) and extraordinary occurrences (getting kidnapped), and I know we would all like to never have to use these tactics. But it's probably best we know them.

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19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you call 911 for an emergency, say your location first. So if the phone cuts off, they know where to find you. "What is your emergency?" I'm at 222, Fake Address Drive, and I'm being held ca-.

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Stille20
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2 months ago

Solid advise. I have called 911 and not done this, but now I will.

Scotland's-Favorite-Gay
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2 months ago

Whattt spill the ☕️

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WolfGirl23
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2 months ago

My mom is a 911 operator and I'm 99% sure this is what they ask first, followed by "what's your emergency" so they know what kind of help you need. Also on most landlines they do know your location but they ask just in case

Steve Ramaekers
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2 months ago

Here their first question is “Do you need police, fire, or rescue”

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WolfGirl23
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2 months ago

Isn't that what they ask first though?

Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

Maybe it's just in movies, but don't they sau "911 what's your emergency?"

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Patti Bulldog
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2 months ago

My kid is a 911 operator, she has taught me to do just this, if I ever need to call in an emergency say my adress first.

Amy Dodds
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2 months ago

I was taught LIONEL. Location, incident, other services required, number of casualties, extent of injuries, location repeated.

Eithne Griffiths
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2 months ago

I used to work the 999 switchboard (many years ago ) You get some strange calls.

Scagsy
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2 months ago

Is that a teaser trailer for an upcoming thread? It would be a good one I bet.

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Mazer
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2 months ago

Yup! And please, make certain your situation is an emergency! Use non- emergency phone numbers to police or fire for non-emergency issues or questions

Matheus Oliveira
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2 months ago (edited)

That’s good advice! But, and I’m actually curious about that, what if it’s in the middle of a kidnapping situation, how could we know the address or some reference to the place?

Kt
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2 months ago

Well if you dont know, you dont know. Thats when you just explain whats happened and try to stay on the line as long as possible.

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Sue Kozin
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2 months ago

Police have computers that pinpoint your house when you call 911. At least in large cities on up.

Gilda Farrell
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2 months ago

I called 911 once and was put on hold.

Yvonda Marie Levings
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2 months ago

Here's a little 911 story. When I was 8 1/2 months pregnant our neighbors house caught fire we weren't sure if everyone was out or not. I was completely freaking out I ran in house to call 911(landlines only)and had to come back outside twice because every time I dialed 911 I only got that weird fast busy signal. Thats when it finally hit me...I was dialing 119🙄😏🥴enjoy the laugh

Kristin Cox
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2 months ago

Just like smelling cyanide "It smells like. . . .. ."

Zella Haesche
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2 months ago

Great advice!👍🏼

Anna Bender
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2 months ago

where I live (indiana) they ask that first.

Marnie
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2 months ago

Can they get an address from a cell phone? I swear, there are very few advantages to cell phones (as phones). No caller ID, 911 can't find you, have to carry it around the house with you wherever you go. (No pockets.) You have to feed it regularly. It's wasteful. My parents had a phone that lasted 40 years, and now all the precious metals in these phones that are thrown out every year are mostly just going to be lost forever, never to be recovered.

Katelynn Breukelman
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2 months ago

Literally every time i have called 911 they have cut me off mid sentence to clarify if I want fire police or ambulance. Im like, how about YOU LISTEN and send what YOU think is necessary, emergency professional?

Anne
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2 months ago

911 doesn't ping your location? 112 in the Netherlands does. They don't even need to know your location anymore. (noticed that when I called from my car for big trash on the highway at night. I said the road name and hang on to pass a marker, but she knew exactly)

Shea Briggette
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2 months ago

this is super good advice

David Wheater
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2 months ago

Don't know about the US, but in the UK if you call 999 from a landline, they know where you are without having to say. Doesn't work with mobiles though, however the emergency services are recommending the use of what three words as they can find you even if you are in the middle of nowhere.

Diana May
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2 months ago

The 911 dispatch should start with 911 Where is your emergency

Gerard Neaux
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2 months ago

The service itself is stupidly set up because they're not asking for address first. If you try to give them the address first, they often interrupt you.

Max L.
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2 months ago

Nowadays they receive your location at first ring, exactly for the purpouse. Landlines or cellphones all travel digitally.

Don't Look
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2 months ago

Called 911 once for a minor car accident for someone else. Thought I would do them a favor. Got the dispatcher, told them the street and they actually said hang up and try again to see if I could get the local dispatch. The one I was on the phone with was 25 miles away in another f*****g city.

denzoren
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2 months ago

This is very smart. I need to remember this.

Glirpy
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2 months ago

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MiriPanda
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2 months ago

Isn't what they ask first? I think I learned that in training, but have no first hand experience in calling 911 (or rather 112).

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
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2 months ago

That's amazing advice actually, I will definitely use it if I need to call

Si
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2 months ago

They know your location from your mobile.

Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

How do they know the location from your mobile? (Serious question).

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#2

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're swimming and find yourself so deep or disoriented that you don't know which way is up, blow some bubbles, then follow the bubbles. They always go up.

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Stille20
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2 months ago

I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it

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Otusanya describes his TikTok content as a mixture of life advice and comedy. "I have several years of experience as a stand-up comedian so I often use comedy to drive home those life lessons," he told Bored Panda

"Up to [starting this series], I made a lot of videos related to building up self-confidence, improving communication skills, and more. I wanted to experiment [and create something that could] improve someone's life by potentially saving it one day. I've received a lot of messages from viewers who said tips from that series legitimately helped them avoid danger which is great to hear."

#3

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' There's an emergency and you or someone else needs help. Don't just yell, "help". Instead be specific like "you with the bad outfit, call an ambulance". You'll avoid the "bystander effect" where if people aren't called out specifically they'll freeze and not know what to do.

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CLG
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2 months ago

We got a comedian over heah

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#4

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're ever choking in a public area, don't try to avoid causing a scene by going to the bathroom. Most deaths are people found in the bathroom because there were too polite to seek help. Thank me later.

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Keating_5
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2 months ago

If you are choking alone and can’t get help, you need to thrust under your ribcage just like performing the Heimlich on yourself. Using the back edge of a chair often works, the edge of a counter, but it must be under the ribs! trust me, speaking from experience here!

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Of course, such a project requires its fair share of research. Watching a few shows with Bear Grylls is nowhere near enough. It's something Otusanya has to constantly work on.

"I have a master list of potential video topics with random notes/information I come across for future video ideas," he said. "I source my information from a combination of books I read and audiobooks I listen to as well as various videos and documentaries, interesting conversations with people, articles related to random questions I want to know the answer to, and more!"

#5

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're riding as a passenger in a car, never rest your feet on the dashboard. If an accident happens and the airbags deploy, your kneecaps will fly into your skull.

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Caroline Nagel
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2 months ago

Reminds me of the x-ray shown in a documantary of a young woman with the volume k**b of the car radio in her head after her car crashed. This was in the 1950s.

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#6

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you ever get kidnapped, leave behind as many traces as possible, clothes, jewelry, anything that helps search dogs, pick up your scent and ultimately find you.

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Keating_5
Community Member
2 months ago

Also: be a pain in the ass! Kick, scream, yell that you don’t know this person, fight like you’re life depends on it, because once they succeed in getting you secured/to another location, that may very well be it! The key is to prevent them from taking you in the first place, so always look alert and make yourself a “bad target” to acquire!

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#7

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If a guy takes a pregnancy test and it comes back positive, go see a doctor immediately. There's a chance that he could have testicular cancer.

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Dhukath
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2 months ago

Some of these are stupid! Why would a guy take a pregnancy test? If he thinks there's an issue go see your doctor!

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#8

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're getting chased by a swarm of bees, don't jump in a lake or a body of water. They'll just wait for you above the water. Instead, keep running. They'll stop chasing you when they feel like they've won.

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Joanne O'Brien
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2 months ago

How long will that take?!

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#9

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're in a lightning storm and your hair starts floating, it means you're about to get hit by lightning. So find shelter immediately.

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Kat
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2 months ago

Not really about to get hit, but it means that lightning is really close and air is charged.

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#10

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're relaxing at your house and you smell something that reminds you of fish or pee, call an electrician immediately, house could be on the verge of having an electrical fire.

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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2 months ago (edited)

That has happened to me, but it turned out I accidentally peed in my pants.

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#11

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you see a sign that says beware of pickpockets or thieves, don't instinctively patch your pocket, or check your belongings, thieves, and robbers, use these signs to know who to attack from afar.

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Keating_5
Community Member
2 months ago

When I was about 14, I was on a bus once in a high pickpocketing area and had my money tied around my neck in a little bag that I had tucked under my shirt. I actually felt a dude’s hand creeping under them hem of my shirt and at first I thought he was trying to grope me, but then I remembered the money pouch and realized he was probably trying to rob me instead (or as well as grope me). I alerted one of my friends with a look and then grabbed the guy’s hand before he could go too far, digging my nails into his skin so hard I drew blood as I gave him a look that warned “do it and it’ll only get worse for you.” He immediately dropped his hand back out and fled as soon as the bus stopped, and I kept my money tucked that way the rest of the trip.

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#12

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' Next time you enter a building, look for an exit that people don't use often in an emergency. When everyone's going out the main exit you take the one less traveled. that extra time can make all the difference.

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Keating_5
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2 months ago

Unless the exit is far away, then you die for wasting time.

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#13

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If it's hot outside, avoid leaving plastic water bottles inside your car. If the sun hits the bottle at the right angle, it could eventually start a fire.

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Kat
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2 months ago

Same can happen with glass bottles. Bottles are known to start forest fires as well, as people leave their trash behind when camping.

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#14

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're cooking on the stove and the stove catches fire, do not use water. First, turn off the stove, then cover the pot with the lid. If you don't have a lid, dump baking soda.

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Kat
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2 months ago

Or you can use salt instead of baking soda as well.

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19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you wake up in the middle of the night, and smell gas in your house, don't turn on the lights! Just go outside and call for an emergency. Because if your house has a gas leak, a spark from a light switch could blow up the house.

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Kat
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2 months ago

The same for turning off the lights. It can also ignite the gas. Flowing current isn't as dangerous.

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#16

19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're at your house at night and feel like somebody broke in, turn your lights off. So they can't see you. And you know your way around your place in the dark better than they do, use it to your advantage.

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Not Proud British
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2 months ago

This is really bad advice. If someone is in your house, you turn on all lights and make lots of noise to scare them off. If you confront them, chances are you will come off worse as they've a lot to lose.

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19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you or someone, you know, has a car, always leave the car keys near your bed. So if someone breaks in, you can press your car alarm and scare them away.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

This is only any use if your car has a panic button on the key fob. If you are that worried about someone breaking into your house, get a proper house alarm with a panic button by your bed. That will work better as it will sound inside the house as well as out.

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19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' If you're cleaning a cat's litter box, avoid using bleach! A cat's pee has a chemical in it called ammonia. If it mixes with bleach, it creates a deadly gas that can kill you.

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A B C
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2 months ago

Who tf cleans their cat's litter box with bleach? Seriously!?

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19 Pieces Of 'Random Advice That Could Save Your Life' Whenever you're walking to your car, before you get inside, always check your back seat and be aware of your surroundings. In case someone is hiding, preparing to kidnap you.

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JuJu
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2 months ago

Y'all live in some urban legend movie?

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