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Re: One Last "All is Lost " thread

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Originally Posted by awahl View Post
Maybe it's already been mentioned but what helped seal it for me was the fact that he proceeded to basically light a friggin' bonfire in his life-raft and kind of crazily kept feeding it until it became a HUGE bonfire.... which was kind of like putting icing on the stupid cake.
Actually that may have been a rational or at least rational to an exhausted brain response.

If you are almost dead, out of supplies and and there's only one potential way to save yourself a hail mary to make the biggest possible fire to be seen makes sense. If it works great if not you have ended the agony.

Actually it makes sense.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
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