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.
Well, cell phones can’t directly kill someone of course, but texting while driving is legally to blame for more than 6,000 deaths in the U.S., which is about 25% of all auto collisions in the country.
Candles are usually seen as necessary, relaxing accessories of romantic dinners and baths but in reality they cause over 10,000 fires annually in North America, and are responsible for killing about 120 people in those fires.
Shopping on Black Friday can be a very dangerous activity. As a matter of fact, it can be deadly, since in the past six years seven people lost their lives and about 100 were injured (some seriously) in the United States. In other words, more people have died in the U.S. in the past six years shopping on Black Friday than from shark attacks.
Most of us might see our beds as the ultimate shelter. A place where we can rest and sleep after a long, tiring day at work or school but how many of you knew that falling out of bed is responsible for killing 450 people annually? And the scariest part, is that this number accounts for U.S. victims only.
It’s estimated that more than three hundred people drown in household tubs every year, with most of them either falling asleep or being under the influence of drugs or sleeping pills.