For more than four decades now sharks have been viewed as one of the most deadly animals in the world, mainly due to several publicized attacks surfers have suffered throughout the last decade in particular and even more so thanks to Spielberg’s blockbuster, Jaws. Yet, by taking a close look at the official statistics one will realize that sharks are nowhere near as deadly as we might think. According to the official U.S. Life Expectancy Facts the average American citizen has a one in sixty-three chance of dying from the flu and only a 1 in 3.7 million chance of being killed by a shark during his or her lifetime.
And the flu is just one example; check out these 25 things that you might not consider to be deadly but are in fact deadlier than sharks.
Despite being the favorite playground equipment of most kids around the world swing sets are responsible for killing more than 20 people (mostly kids) annually in the United States.
Staircases and steps don’t just kill more people than sharks do every year, they are also considered one of the deadliest things on the planet with more than 1,600 deaths in the U.S. alone. If you add in the numbers from all over the world the total rises dramatically.
These small heaters might not look threatening at all but they are one of the top causes of accidental fires and fire-related deaths in the U.S., with more than 40 people dying each year from fires caused by them.
Pencils have been proven to be one of the deadliest objects since more than 100 people die from them every year. The most frequent reason is choking on the plastic top on the eraser.
Despite this type of death being considered so rare to the point it has become a metaphor for extremely bad luck, lightning is responsible for numerous deaths every year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), around 40-60 people lose their lives in the U.S. every year with the majority of them struck on beaches.