The 25 Most Likely Ways You Will Die

Posted by , Updated on April 6, 2014

It happens to everyone sooner or later, we can assure you of that much. And while we can’t tell you the how, when, or where, we can make use of that wonderfully annoying branch of mathematics known as statistics to at least give you a list of probable answers. The data on this list comes to you from several sources, but primarily the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Safety Council, and the World Health Organization (WHO). So, after many late nights of number morbid number crunching the brightest minds in the world bring you the statistical probabilities related to the 25 most likely ways you will die. Enjoy?
20

Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting (1-in-100,000)

20

According to some estimates you’re almost twice as likely to die of a bee sting than a dog bite. Every year in the US around 50 people die of allergic reactions to venom.

19

Lightning Strike (1-in-83,930)

19

Each year around the world about a quarter of a million people are struck by lightning with about 10% of the strikes being fatal. Contrary to popular belief you can still be struck even in a shed or makeshift shelter and every once in a while lightning can contribute to your risk of dying from #14.

18

Tornado (1-in-60,000)

18

If you live in the United States or Eastern India, then your chances of dying in a swirling mess of debris are significantly higher. Just last year in the United States 552 people were killed as a result of tornados while the total number world wide was 576.

17

Legal Execution (1-in-58,618)

17

Although most of the world has abolished the death penalty, if you live in China, North Korea, Yemen, Iran, or the United States your chances of being legally executed skyrocket as these 5 countries still make good use of capital punishment.

16

Flood (1-in-30,000)

16

As one of the most common and dangerous natural disasters, floods claim more lives annually than any other of the catastrophes on our list.


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