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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
WHY WE WORRY ABOUT THINGS WE SHOULDN'T.....AND IGNORE THE THINGS WE SHOULD
Nearly twice as many Americans commit suicide eay year as are murdered.
More than 10 times as many die falling out of bed as from lightning strikes.


Terrified of bees, snakes and swimming pools?
Thousands of Americans die in accieents every year, but the odds are extremely high that you won't be one of them. A look at what killed Americans in 2003, the most recent year for which date are available, shows that just 4% of fatalities were accidental. So go ahead and take that plane trip or swim in the ocean. Just be careful out there.

ACCIDENTS (Seleced Causes) .... 109,277
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT (excluding motorcycles).... 44,757
DRUG OVERDOSE .... 11,212
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.... 3,676
FIRE.... 3,369
CHOKING ON OBJECT .... 3,004
FALLING DOWN STAIRS .... 1,588
CHOKING ON FOOD.... 875
BICYCLE ACCIDENT .... 762
FALLING OUT OF BED .... 594
POOL DROWNING.... 332
BATHTUB DROWNING.... 332
SLIPPING ON ICE/SNOW .... 103
BEE/WASP STING .... 66
LIGHTNING STRIKE .... 47
DOG ATTACK .... 32
SKYDIVING .... 22
CRUSHING BY HUMAN STAMPEDE .... 22
COMMERICAL AIRLINE ACCIDENT .... 22
(Nos. varies widely by year. The Average nos. of annual fatalities for the past 10 years is 82, including the 265 people who died on airplane on Sept.11,2001.)
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT ACCIDENT .... 3
SNAKEBITE .... 2
MARINE-ANIMAL ATTACK .... 1


Maybe you should worry more about your heart
Even if you exercise regularly and son't smoke or drink, you will probabl dies of a disease. Two ailments - heart disease and cancer - cause half of all deaths in teh U.S. Exotic bugs like avian flu and mad cow disease mgith grab a lot of headline, but so far they haven't killed a single person in the states.

DISEASES (Selected causes) ....2.3 Million
HIV .... 13,658
ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE .... 12,360
VIRAL HEPATITIS .... 5,431
ANEMIA .... 4,594
ASTHMA .... 4,099
MALNUTRITION .... 3,153
SIDS .... 2,162
TUBERCULOSIS .... 711
PREGNANCY AND BIRTH .... 545
APPENDICITIS .... 439
WEST NILE VIRUS .... 264
ANOREXIA .... 79
SALMONELLA .... 43
MEASLES .... 1
BIRD FLU .... 0
MAD COW DISEASE .... 0


(Source: Abstracted from TIMEMAG/Science by:Jeffrey Kluger)
posted by infraternam meam @ 12:14 PM  
1 Comments:
  • At 3:12 AM, Blogger Sidney said…

    Falling out of bed!
    This is a nice way to die! ;-)

     
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