Editor’s note: Do not continue reading if descriptions of acts of cannibalism disturb you. Seriously…go find another blog right now!
I watched an utterly fascinating show earlier today about survival – which chronicled the 1972 airline crash in the Andes. You know…the one involving rugby players resorting to cannibalism to survive? The inspiration for the 1993 film Alive?
When my husband overheard me really getting into the plot and yelling aloud, “Eat your sister,” he wanted to know what the heck I was watching. When I explained it to him, he said, “Why do you even like this stuff?” To that I say:
I’m a SUCKER for this kind of stuff! Consider how mesmerized I was by Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air, which chronicled the 1996 Everest disaster. I also added:
“Hey, it’s excuse to see hot actors playing Uruguayan rugby players in a dramatic re-enactment.” I’m nothing if not honest!
And since I’m in an honest mood, one of the crash’s survivors – Nando Parrado (he was played by Ethan Hawke in the 1993 film) – actually ate his own dead mother – and younger sister – to survive.
They did a lot of other awesome stuff besides eating the flesh of other dead humans to survive! They fashioned fresh water funnels out of aluminum sheeting, made snow shoes out of plane seats, attempted to make a working radio out of the plane’s battery (from the tail piece miles away), fashioned insulative clothing out of plane insulation, survived an avalanche (some of them anyway), and ultimately, two of the survivors had to hike over mountains without proper gear for a few days to find people who would ultimately rescue them. Imagine being in a situation where you get a transistor radio to work – and hear that the search for you and your party has been f—ing called off and knowing you’ve been left for dead? That’s pretty grim stuff! It would be pretty easy to throw in the towel in a situation like that, wouldn’t it?
Not THESE guys!
Truth be told, my husband knows full well why I like this stuff, by the way! We’ve been married for 23 years. He knows who he married – and he knows about my dark side!
This whole thing reminded me about an episode of “The Simpsons” where Marge was trying to get ovrer her fear of flying – and she happened to stumble upon the movie Alive when it aired on TV: