Wednesday, 31 July 2013

6 Strangest Death Statistics

We all have an idea of how we'd like to go out.

Personally, I'm not keen on the idea of jumping in front of a bullet to saved a loved one. No, I'd much rather Jesus Christ knock on my door in the early hours of the morning and lead me by hand up a golden escalator into the arms of God.

But what if that dream was blocked by a solitary hot dog? Remarkably, hot dogs do have the ability to kill and so do a number of other seemingly innocent inanimate objects!

Below is a list of the strangest things that kill humans every year.

6. Rollercoasters

Statistics: Kill 6 people annually

Every time I ride a rollercoaster, I think I'm going to die, but imagine if you actually did. Fascinatingly, rollercoasters kill more people every year than sharks do and that's a statistic that will ensure I never see the gates of Alton Towers again. 

5. Vending Machines

Statistics: Kill 13 people annually

We all know what it's like to have a vending machine break down on you. The malteasers are there, playfully staring you in the eye, their red gown gleaming in a holy sort of light, but it's stuck. 

Any normal person would seek a member of staff, but some don't. They can't hold it any longer. Their blood boils beneath their skin and desperately screams out for the sugar fix it craves. Finally, in a last ditch attempt to savour their sweets, they dive inside. 

The vending machine licks its lips after yet another satisfying meal. 

4. Ants

Statistics: Kill 30 people annually

The lethal ant. Five hundred and sixty times smaller than the average human, but still powerful enough to kill thirty a year. Most reports of death involve people falling asleep near to ant hills. The rest is history.

3. Hot Dogs

Statistics: Kill 70 people annually

Death is never an easy thing to deal with, but I imagine it would be even more difficult to handle if a loved one was killed by a hotdog...

They're immobile. They're not sharp and they don't hunt in packs, so how do they kill? The answer is obesity and choking; boring, I know.

2. Icicles

Statistics: Kill 100 people annually in Russia

I can imagine death by icicle to be an excruciating experience. Every year in Russia natures frozen dagger impales one hundred people and leaves them helpless and bleeding to death on the icy floor beneath it. Lovely.

1. Falling Out Of Bed

Statistics: Kill 450 people annually in the USA

American's are given bad press when it comes to intelligence and this statistic won't help that stereotype. According to the Center for Disease Control, falling out of bed accounts for 1.8m emergency room visits and over 400 thousand hospital admissions each year.

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