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How to survive an i am legend scenario the right way

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lets be honest. will smith did a good job in the movie, but his character lacked common sense. hopefully, this instructable should help you if you ever find yourself in his position.
 
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Step 1: Materials

military vehicles: there should be plenty of humvees and tanks left in the city from the
former military presence. don't take the Robert Neville approach, and
take a crappy station wagon.

sports cars: leave the ford mustang. its not worth the repairs you will need to make,
especially when it breaks down miles from the shop. take a ferrari

guns: a sniper rifle does have its advanteges, but a rocket launcher works much better
for large groups. also, dont only take one grenade.

food: forget the food in stores, it will probably go bad in a couple of months. there are
probably plenty of military foods with a shelf life of about 30 years.

computer: dont use a macintosh.

Step 2: Food

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for food, dont just go around to random houses and take their food. even if they are ether dead or infected, it is still stealing. also, you dont know how long that food has been there. for all you know, it could be years past its expiration date. usually, tanks carry excessive MREs for the crews, so of course, with the former massive military presence, there should be plenty of extra food.

Step 3: Keeping yourself sane

if you are going to try to keep yourself saner in this post apocalyptic world, dont surround yourself with dressing store mannequins. it will just add to the image of insanity.

Step 4: DONT TRUST FRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if you feel the absolute need to have mannequin companionship, dont trust fred when he moves across the city. he is definitely working with the infected to kill you. look how well it worked for will smith.
Lftndbt5 years ago
The movie lost me when he is standing next to a jet and doesn't jump in it. Why didn't he just fly himself the hell outta there? We all know he is as an ace pilot, remember independence day?
the jets on that aircraft carrier were obviously decomissioned (there were velvet ropes)
He didnt fly the jet because it was decmoishiond,had no fuel, engine and such were removed, and was on a decomissioned ship. ps. if the plane was newer and not deccomishiond and he flew away it would ruin the movie because it would be mabey 10 minutes long showing will smith jumping into a jet and flying off into the sunset :)
They do not remove the engines from ships anymore as there is no need to reuse them.
Neander1 year ago
The MREs are a good idea.
Neander1 year ago
Electric moat or fence will not work without power. In real life, there would be NO power.
I think the real moral behind the movie is that Macs don't get viruses. Also, in step 2 you say that taking food from empty houses is considered stealing, but you don't worry about taking a tank or Humvee that's left behind?
ghostrider2 (author)  Cartermarquis3 years ago
hes in the military. the tanks are his anyways
If you really want to be picky... those tanks and humvees are paid with tax payer's dollars... and you pay taxes... so in theory... you already own the tank and Humvee... and personall... I would take something a little more fuel efficient, you are in a decaying city, with no way of getting more gas.  I would suggest an old steam boat... in a nice lake, or calm ocean area.... and live on that... as long as you don't pick up anyone... you are fine
Wait... Mac's don't get viruses??<a href="http://antivirus.about.com/od/macintoshresource/tp/macvirusfaqs.htm">?</a><br /> <br /> If you look closely at their advertisements they say they don't get <em>PC</em> Viruses, which only means that the viruses for Mac are different than the ones for PC... (Microsoft could just as easily say that PCs don't get Mac viruses...)<br /> <br />
Well, actually, since your tax dollars paid for those humvees and tanks, you technically do own a portion of them, so its really not stealing. But you didn't buy that food in apartment 2D, so that is stealing.
ghostrider2 (author)  modelmanjohn5 years ago
also dontforget, he was army anyways, so he can use the military vehicles.
yeah, but you also said to jack a ferrari. If you are the only person in the city I'd say disregard the previous ownership that items may have had
There, like, is no ownership man. It's all, like, all ours man. We're all one people, so it's, it's like you're steeling from yourself. But you could say "Hey man, can borrow that F14 for a while man?" Then you could say to yourself, "Yeah man, just remember to fill her up for me man." Yeah... On the not of "filling her up," gasoline has a very short shelf life if left unattended. Not to mention how much diesle armored calvary eat up, compared to how much diesle is held in the tanks. You've got only a few weeks supply at each station, if you're using it often. A better use could maybe be as short term emergency bunkers. Place a few shermans out in the city in case you can't make it home before night; things like that. Use them to store your heavier equipment away from home (so you don't need to bring ALL of your hunting gear to the hunting grounds) and still keep it safe. Using military rations is very VERY short term solution. Let me explain: -The outbreak happens in a city. -The armed forces tend to stay "self-relient," bringing the food they need, so they don't impose on the (most likely stretched) resources of the native inhabitants. -However, while the rations stay unspoiled for up to 30 years (you probably won't live that long in this situation anyway) they don't have a 30 year supply; only bringing food for about a week and bringing in extra supplies when needed. -You need to find a renuable food source. There have been wondrous things done with hydroponics and micro farming (with regards to research for the International Space Station) that can sustain you quite indefinitely. I highly recommend reading the book. I think Will Smith has something against great authors. First he ruins IRobot, which is an amazing series. That's right! Series, not book! There's more than one! Then he ruins I Am Legend. I hope he never gets wind of S.M. Sterling. On that note, I also recommend S.M. Sterling's "Dies the Fire." Simply amazing series.
what would it matter if you stole anything? everyone is gone, the world is now your playground, no rules, no anything
11618583 years ago
this is a great ible, i loved the dont trust fred part because it is so true, and if will smith had time to build all those car bombs and catch test subjects why couldnt he build an electric fence hes not stupid hes a scientist. great work
hobzez5 years ago
i got a few questions and stuff.... where would u find a tank instead of crappy food u can eat twinkies! every body knows they can survive anything and how do u avoid taking the alpha males mate u dont see a ferrari everyday so why bother looking for one, how bout any car that runs fine and has a key in it, or if u can, hotwire any car
ghostrider2 (author)  hobzez4 years ago
massive military presence.  he almost crashes the mustang into one in the beginning of the movie.
 HAHAHAHA what the heck.....the Ferrari and Humvee are Waay more unreliable than the Mustang, and I realize Mustangs can be unreliable.  Italian sportscars are some of the most unreliable in the world and the U.S. Army spends countless amounts of money maintaining Hummers (which are FAR from reliable) 

I do like the Mac comment tho hahaha
ghostrider2 (author)  Ryan Merrick4 years ago
my family has had nothing but trouble with ford since as far as any of us can remember.  truth be known, the best bet is to use a toyota.  those things, especially from the early 90s, are built like a tank, with the reliability of a true truck. 
 HAHAHAHAAA
harley_rly4 years ago
dude a classic mustand(OHV not OHC) would be the best thing to have, it would harsly brake down, and when it did there would be plenty of room to make the repair

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I'm pretty sure the SR-71 is not able to do bombing runs, or any other combat-like things at all.
MREs are good but you need water for the heater
This is corrupt think about it You wouldnt need a pc What u gonna do sit here and post instructables for urself and you dont need a ferrari it would just hold you back Plus stealing a tank is gonna get u shot not stealing a can of beans (If theres any humans)
The problem that he had in the book is that the girl told him to leave. He didn't and he paid for it. Book was better than the movie, but it was too short. Now the story about the witches later on, that was awesome.
What witches?
microman1715 years ago
Shotguns and Assault Rifles are good...