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Word of Mouth

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?

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Published: February 17, 2011

  • My top priority would be getting off of the island. Assuming this island doesn’t possess any “Lost” weirdness, I think I’d opt for a satellite phone to hopefully call for help, a book on how to survive on a deserted island and, of course, my iPod to help pass the time.

    David Wedekindt
    Director of Marketing
    Center for the Arts

  • An iPad, with pre-chosen books; a bottle of Grand Marnier; and a satellite phone to call for pickup when I’m ready.

    Linwood Roberts
    Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
    Office of Community Relations

  • I first have to make three assumptions about my surroundings: I’m stranded on a tropical island with temps hovering in the 80s-90s, as opposed to those islands north of Russia or Greenland; fresh bodies of water, preferably in the form of clear mountain streams, are available; and the island was not formerly home to weird cults or mad scientists, a la the Dharma Initiative or Dr. Moreau.

    With those basic parameters established, and putting aside the lobbying from my wife that she and our son be included on the list, I would want the following items: a 10-inch carbon steel machete and integrated flint strips in the handle; a wind-up shortwave radio/LED flashlight; and a guitar. I guess this is as good a time as any to learn how to play!

    Chris Bragdon
    Student Advisor
    International Education Servicess