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Sep. 11th, 2006 | 01:25 pm
music: Jon Brion - Meaningless - Ruin My Day

With that in mind, here's a handy ranking of the various dangers confronting America, based on the number of mortalities in each category throughout the 11-year period spanning 1995 through 2005 (extrapolated from best available data).

S E V E R E
Driving off the road: 254,419
Falling: 146,542
Accidental poisoning: 140,327
H I G H
Dying from work: 59,730
Walking down the street: 52,000.
Accidentally drowning: 38,302
E L E V A T E D
Killed by the flu: 19,415
Dying from a hernia: 16,742
G U A R D E D
Accidental firing of a gun: 8,536
Electrocution: 5,171
L O W
Being shot by law enforcement: 3,949
Terrorism: 3147
Carbon monoxide in products: 1,554
— from wired, via dt.

(in a sidenote, it looks like nobody at wired has ever heard of html, so this table might be a bit hard to read, sorry)

Update: Also,
"It's so hard to find source pics"

danke b3ta for more tasteless humour.

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Sean

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from: sir_fitzy
date: Sep. 12th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)

haha, i love concrete statistics like that. they certainly invalidate many common fears. i find them especially useful to show how many people have died from bird flu, sars, west nile, or whatever else is the sensational, yet essentially harmless disease of the year.

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