I don't often talk about matters of life and death in this blog. Except for the upcoming election. But be that as it may, and at the risk of being a bit morbid, let's talk for a few moments about the ways we die.
According to this interesting summary, the life expectancy for an average man in 1901 was 47 years; for an average woman, it was 50. The top causes of death in 1901 were:
I haven't been able to find a similar summary of the top causes of accidental death today, but this interesting chart breaks out the top ten causes of death by age group in 1914 (click to embiggen it, or go to the CDC website on Injury Prevention and Control: Data and Statistics for much more detail):
I think this is a fairly comprehensive list, but I'd add a few other causes of death to it:
- Politically-Induced Cranial Fulmination*.
- Electro-optical Cerebral Deliquescence**.
- Fecal Encephalopathy*.
- (Men Only) Accidental death from broken neck caused by rapid head snap to observe an attractive woman.
What do you think are some other under-reported causes of death today? Leave a comment.
Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.
* Head explodes as a result of cognitive distress induced by available choices of presidential candidates.
** Brain dissolves from excessive watching of "reality" TV shows.
*** Shit for brains. Common among supporters of Donald Trump.