How will I die?


Well, that cannot be answered in definitive terms, but certainly the probable causes can be stated and it is these that are summarized in a report from the National Safety Council (click on the image to enlarge).

Of course, the report cautions that the odds given below are statistical averages over the whole U.S. population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause. Any individual’s odds of dying from various external causes are affected by the activities in which they participate, where they live and drive, what kind of work they do, and other factors. So, if they are wrong … can I sue?

The least likely cause of death? Bitten or crushed by other reptiles with lifetime odds of 0. Why is it there? Certainly it must have been a concern at some time…

The next three least-likely causes of death? Tied, with life-time odds of 1,874,034:1 are:

  1. Occupant of streetcar
  2. Other specified transport accidents (but not in the report)
  3. Contact with venomous snakes and lizards

Interestingly, a close follower is Ignition or melting of nightwear with life-time odd of 1,249,356:1. I guess that is reason enough not to wear them.


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