If you needed to start a fire and you didn't have a handy charcoal chimney starter or two in your pocket, what would you do?
And if you forgot to pack back issues of The Eagle or your scout manual that you could crumble up and light, what would you do?
If you didn't want to waste your slim supply of matches on something that wouldn't catch fire and burn steadily until other material could be added bit by bit until you finally had a roaring fire, what would you do?
Forage around looking tiny dry sticks and lifeless bark? Hope to stumble across some cotton batting spilling out of an abandoned mattress?
The real answer is that you would hope you had a bag of Doritos handy.
Yesterday at the Carter Creek After School Program, Payton Foote led the kids in some survival activities and experiments. They built a variety of small piles of kindling to test which would be the best option as a fire starter. The pile that consisted of 3 Doritos burned quickest, most robustly, and longest--better than the piles dried bark or dead leaves or moss or paper or combo piles.
Go figure. But it does give us all yet another reason to keep Doritos at hand. I wonder if Cheetos would work?