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Announcing My "Top 10 Survival Foods," and Why

Updated on September 1, 2012

Could YOU survive on THESE foods?


Let's pretend that we are following the role, "Chuck Noland," whom Tom Hanks played in the hit movie, "Castaway." Noland, a FedEx employee, was travelling to a branch office of FedEx when his FedEx plane went down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean far away from the international shipping lanes leaving him stranded on a lonesome deserted island.

In the movie, Noland had to live by his wits, animal-cunning and raw survival skills using items from the downed plane that had floated to his island on the ocean's tide. Useful things like ice skates, VHS tapes, and a volleyball whom Noland named, "Wilson," ironically because Wilson was the company that made the volleyball. Wow. Sheer script genius.

Noland and "Wilson," became good friends. Very close. Until the day came when Noland designed a shabby raft to carry him out to sea so that hopefully, some ocean liner would rescue him and take him back to the United States. "Wilson," went along for the voyage, but was swept overboard when a giant wave struck Noland's raft. "that's a shame," Jerry Seinfeld.

In Noland's case, there was no time for preparation for accidents. Like us in the real world, Noland's mind was on a thousand things, but not one of them were survival plans just in case his plane crashed in a violent thunderstorm. Noland, again like us, probably had the mindset, "crashes? Not this sturdy FedEx plane? Who are they kidding?"

And for those reading this, (thank you) for your movie trivia information, "Castaway," was directed by Robert Zemeckis, the same director Hanks worked with in another block-buster, "Forrest Gump." (ever think how "Castaway," would have been with Hanks reprising his role as "Forrest Gump," lost on an abandoned island)?

Enough about Tom Hanks, "Wilson," and Zemeckis. My story is not a Hollywood fantasy. This is a dual-purpose story. I admit that there "is" some comedy in this piece, but there is also some good old-fashioned common sense in the presentation I am going to present entitled . . ."10 Perfect Survival Foods," and how I want them to be used will blow your mind.

First, with your permission, allow me list my "Top 10" Survival Foods," and tell you briefly why I chose each one for my highly-scrutinized list.

1. YELLOW MEAT WATERMELONS delicious, sweet. A great source for a tasty water source. Plus the sweet taste gives the human body the sensation that it's having sweets as in desserts. And yellow meat watermelons make the coconuts more bearable.

2. FRIED CHICKEN can easily be thought of as an "international food," for hardly anyone, anywhere in our world doesn't like fried chicken and this item is my meat source. With this meat choice, Kentucky Fried Chicken can be also thought of as a "rescue company," not just fast-food chicken.

3. SUNNY D of course is my orange juice. I need that vitamin "C," for my body just in case I come in contact with natives who have a head cold or flu.

4. SARDINES is a wonderful change of pace from fried chicken, and can also be used as fish bait in case I want some fresh fish from the ocean.

5. ROASTED PEANUTS is my protein food. And a terrific snack for munching while I sit around my camp fire inside my nice, warm cave talking to myself because I have no "Wilson," for company. Hey, my empty Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket can suffice for a buddy. I could name "him," "Kent," and we could talk the time away.

6. OREO'S of course is my non-fruit, "guilty pleasure," dessert for an after-meal treat. Plus, Oreo's are a great lift to my psychological make-up giving me hope of being rescued.

7. HOT CHILI what mankind-forsaken island somewhere in the Pacific has hot chili? None. That's why hot chili is on my list. I want to be a "trend setter," not a "trend follower." If I can make fire, I can have chili.

8. HERSHEY BARS can be used by themselves for a quick "pick-me-up," or melted and eaten with my Oreo's. Variety of choices in foods help a person to cope with being stranded all alone on a deserted island all alone. Besides, they are more economical than Baby Ruth bars.

9. CHEDDAR CHEESE goes great with hot chili, or by itself. No crackers, please. Too much salt. I love cheddar cheese as a late-night snack all by itself and the problem of me being all by myself will be no problem with cheddar cheese to fall back on.

10. BEEF JERKY is a naturally-good source of protein and other nutrients that my body needs to stay strong. And another reason I chose beef jerky is that I can carry it in my pants or shirt pocket. Handy. Convenient. Smart choice.

Now you know my list of survival foods. So on with my presentation on how I want these foods to be used by way of helping our world at large.

Did you really think that all of this research, collecting and listing of "my" favorite foods for just for a personal, selfish motive? You can kiss that idea goodbye, for I have lofty ideas on what I am about to present to you.

Can you secure an estimate on maybe how many billions of dollars are spent each year by (food corporations on this list) to produce and promote their particular foods for consumption by American's and peoples all over the world?

No, you cannot. Neither can I. But this I do know. The Federal Government is one of the most-powerful governmental bodies on the face of the earth and with enough of the right people talking to the right people in United States Congress and Senate, we can see "my" plan become a reality.

What plan, you might be asking. This plan is so simple and caring that don't be surprised if "I" will win the next Nobel Peace Price hands-down. It's that caring. And easy to implement.

Our Congress passes a bill called, the "International Survival Food Bill," for a few well-spent billion or so dollars--partnering with these huge food companies, and also finance the distribution of these food items on this list to be shipped or flown to almost every deserted island in the Pacific Ocean.

The food, shipped in air and water-proof containers, be deposited in nature, animal, criminal, and weather-proof NASA-designed buildings that can be opened by a secret "traveler's code," issed to everyone travelling (or working) aboard ocean liners, commercial shipping vessels and airliners so if in the event they meet with an accident, they can open one of the food supply buildings and "live like a king," until help arrives.

Not only would my "Survival Food Bill," save lives, but help the growing jobless statistics, but create new jobs for people to pay their bills, and help humanity at the same time. Plus, this new idea would help generate goodwill between the United States and countries that used to be our friends. This would work, I tell you.

Even Bill Gates, probably the world's richest man, would love to be a part of this "new wave," thinking of helping stranded persons who find themselves alone, cold and hungry on an island similar to the one where Tom "Chuck Noland" Hanks starred in "Castaway."

This measure also includes all branches of the United States Military. And shared with friendly nations around our world who want a peaceful world to live in rather than be involved in a skirmish at the drop of a hat.

Not a bad idea if I do say so myself.

If this idea of mine gets off the ground, there will be many people who forsake their yearly-vacation and do their best to "get themselves lost" in order to sample the delicious food being stored on those deserted islands in the Pacific.

Chuck Noland, "eat" your heart out.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Catgypsy . . .thank you so much, from the heart, for this and all of your comments. I remember doing this one before my eye surgery. I am going to finish my comment to you and check-off for a while. And thanks too, for the wonderful phone call today. YOU are a gem of a friend.

      Kenneth and Festus

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jo Goldsmith,

      Thank you so much for your kind remarks. When I accept this Peace Prize, I will give YOU and the hubbers on this hub who commented a cash prize . . .I promise.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rsusan . . .I agree. A lunch bar might be better to much on while waiting for an ocean liner to pick me up. But to be on the safe side, I want a case of Hershey bars as a back-up plan.

      Thanks for your suggestion.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sgbrown,

      Thanks for your kind comment, but as Lee Corso of ESPN says, "not so fast Federal Government," I have proof that this is MY Idea, this hub which will stay on hubpages until I pass away. But with the riches, I would donate a huge chunk back to the underpriviledged countries where food that we take for granted, FREE of charge.

      I mean it.

      Visit with me anytime.


    • catgypsy profile image


      6 years ago from the South

      Great list. Love your plan and you're right...people would be getting lost on purpose...hahaha. Very interesting hub, Kenneth! As I've said before, I never cease to be amazed at how creative your mind is.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Well you have everything on the list, I would want. Maybe replace the yellow meat watermelon with strawberries or grapes? Very well written. :) I nominate you for the Nobel Peace Prize and voted this up!

      I passed it along & shared. way to go. :)

    • rsusan profile image

      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Not a bad list at all, 'Chuck' Kenneth! I would probably want to replace the Hershey Bar with my favorite Lunch Bar. Chocolate, wafer biscuit, caramel, peanuts and crisped rice. A pick-me-up meal-in-one! Yum!

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is great! You should get rich when the government picks up on this hub! I love yellow meat watermelon, but I was thinking that might be a little heavy to carry around. The fried chicken is a definite must along with anything chocolate! This is a great hub, I loved it! Voted up and more! Have great day!


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