Everything is dangerous; everything is poison; everything causes cancer; everything rots your brain; and the world is descending into chaos and entropy. This is basically what we’re told every day by the media, and it makes sense because fear sells. It’s also just prudent to understand what the risks around you are, to be informed. However, is everything really as dangerous as we’ve been told? What if some things we’ve all been told or led to assume are highly dangerous simply…aren’t?
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The best way to be safe is always, always, information, so here’s a list of 25 Shocking Things That Are Not As Dangerous As You May Think.
There seems to be warnings that go around every year about Halloween candy, and we’ve all heard about people putting “something” in it. Turns out these tales are mostly urban legends, which can be tied back to a religious tract by Jack Chick trying to convince Christian children of the “evils” of Halloween in the 60’s. Unfortunately, these urban legends are helped along by a handful of kids who have died while trick or treating or the day after, but it’s not found to be the fault of candy. While it’s still prudent to employ common sense and look over your child’s Halloween candy, there’s no real evidence that someone’s going to inject KitKats with poison.
Statistically, the risks for sexual assault or injury while hitchhiking are so low it would technically fall under what we consider “safe,” meaning that there’s a less than one one-thousandths of a percent risk of being raped or killed while hitchhiking. The bigger risk is honestly that you never know the musical taste of the person you’re getting into a car with. There are no current statistics of encountering yodelers while hitchhiking.
When someone says the word Anarchy, most people immediately think of a “Purge” type situation, but realistically, that’s not the case. Anarchy is merely the absence of a ruling government body, allowing the complete freedom of the individual. It doesn’t remove consequences of someone defending their home and property from nefarious persons. While that may sound like crazy talk, realize that we lived that way for thousands of years in hunter gatherer society before we had government, and that the government, by and large, isn’t in the day to day protection business; it reacts after people have done horrible things. The first question often asked is, “How can you trust people not to victimize each other!?” However, all governments are made up of people, who, historically, often victimize those under their rule. Most people who don’t go around robbing and raping anyway do so simply because they’re decent human beings or because of the pressure of society to not do so. Society doesn’t disappear under anarchy, only the ruling government body.
Running out of Fuel or Complete Engine Failure on an Airplane
Running out of fuel or complete engine failure on a plane isn’t the end of life experience Hollywood would have us believe. As long as you’re not over water, planes – even super heavy commercial airliners – can glide for quite a bit. Your landing will be a little rough, and there have been crashes, but it’s something that more people have survived than you would think.
This may raise quite a few hackles, but Climate Change isn’t that immediately dangerous. Climate has always changed on a global scale, and for the last million years or so, humans have adapted to an ever warming climate, and we will continue to. Species that haven’t adapted have gone extinct, and then humans make blockbuster “park” movies about them. This is in no way defending things like strip mining or over fishing, but it seems like there’s a bit of hysteria that the media is pushing right now that we’re going to a) all die tomorrow b) any change is the direct result of something you’ve done in your lifetime and c) anyone who disagrees with you is an idiot and a villain. This is doing far more harm to society at the moment than actual climate change is. The western US will continue to get drier and many coastal cities may be flooded, but in many parts of the world, increased CO2 and longer growing seasons will actually help increase world wide food production.