OK, here's the rules. We take turns posting the survival tip of the day. Once one tip has been posted for that day, no other tips are allowed, but comments and variations are. I'll go first... The Floating Needle/Compass... Take a cup of water, drop a piece of bathroom tissue or other really absorbent material on the surface. Before it gets waterlogged and sinks, drop a sewing needle (or other small piece of ferrous metal) on the piece of paper. When the paper sinks (you may need to coach it to sink with a couple of twigs) surface tension of the water will allow the needle to float (as long as you don't get ANY water on top of the needle). Free from friction, the needle will align it self in the N and S magnetic direction. The needle doesn't care which way it faces, so you have a 50/50 chance of guessing which way is North and which way is South, but it will give you a good reference point.