Thursday, April 19, 2018

Assessing the Odds

So, here's something interesting I found online a few days ago - click to embiggen it or, if that doesn't work, click here to see the original ...

It's a chart from a UK Accident Claims Advice website that gives your general odds of suffering a fatal injury in various situations. There are a few interesting points that arise from a brief look at the various categories of fatal situations.

For instance, you have a 1 in 358 chance of being killed by firearms in the United States, but only a 1 in 1,018,182 chance in the UK. The odds of death by self-inflicted gunshot are 1 in 399.

Other interesting odds include:

Your chance of being killed by "Unintentional Poisoning by Exposure to Noxious Substances*" is 1 in 96. 

The odds of death by "Accidental Strangulation in Bed" are 1 in 5,730 ... probably less if you choose your partners carefully.

And, your chances of death from a dog bite are 1 in 16,448, while death from bites by a different animal** are 1 in 3,839,216. 

Not listed under the "Self-Harming" category is death by choking on bizarre pronouncements made by the White House Press Office.

Be careful out there ... it's a dangerous world, and I need all of you.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* Fox News is not listed as one of the "noxious substances" to which one can be fatally exposed, but perhaps it should be.

** The type of animal is not specified, so there is conceivably a statistically measurable chance of death from an alpaca bite. Stay away from them.


Mike said...

If that doesn't prove people with guns should have to have liability insurance I don't know what would.

Mariette said...

So I don't have to worry about sloth bites, I guess.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

How does 'accidental strangulation in bed' happen?