Saturday, February 23, 2008


What're your odds of dyin' from ... ?

The National Safety Council - - has been compiling injury data for some eighty years.

The NSC publishes an annual chart to show how likely it is for a feller or gal to die as a result of certain "events" or "occurrences." Given that I have friends and family who really don't like spiders and snakes (and severe thunderstorms), I'm posting these fig'res to show that the only thing we all really need to fear -- as far as our mortality is concerned -- is fear itself.

What you see below is a list of unfortunate events, followed by the number of Americans who died because of said events in 2004. These're what I find most interesting:

Fall on and from ladder or scaffolding, 392
Fireworks discharge, 2
Contact with hot tap-water, 30
Contact with venomous snakes and lizards, 6
Bitten or stung by non-venomous insect and other arthropods, 5
Contact with venomous spiders, 14
Contact with hornets, wasps and bees, 52
Earthquake, 30
Cataclysmic storm, 63
Lightning, 46
Overexertion, travel and privation, 39
Excessive heat or cold of man-made origin, 14
Occupant of streetcar, 1
Ignition or melting of nightwear, 7

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