Thursday, May 26, 2005

the how we die data, not links

The things we'd probably never die of:
  • Fireworks Discharge: 1-in-615,488
  • Killed by a terrorist: 1-in-650,000
  • Asteroid or Meteor Impact: 1-in-500,000
  • Tsunami: 1-in-500,000

The things we are afraid we might die of:
  • Plane crash: 1-in-380,000
  • Dying in a flood: 1-in-237,132
  • Earthquake: 1-in-131,890
  • Dog bite: 1-in-142,279

The things we are more likely to die of:
  • Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
  • Legal Execution: 1-in-58,618
  • Murdered: 1-in-50,353
  • Flesh-eating bacteria: 1-in-30,000
  • Accidentally strangling yourself in bed: 1-in-10,779

What we actually die of, BY A LOT:
  • Falling Down: 1-in-246
  • Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
  • Stroke: 1-in-23
  • Cancer: 1-in-7
  • Heart Disease: 1-in-5

So remember:
  • Your more like to kill yourself or die from an asteroid than a terrorist
  • Your 4 times as likely to get struck by lightning than die in a plane crash.
  • The government is more likely to kill you than mother nature.
  • 100,000 people a year die from medical mistakes.

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