Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What are the odds of . . .

Being struck by lightning: 1 in 1.9 million
Getting attacked by a shark: 1 in 300 million
Sustaining serious injury from going on a carnival ride: 1 in 25 million
Getting killed from riding a carnival ride: 1 in 450 million
Dying during or immediately after routine bypass surgery at a high-quality hospital: 2 in 100
Being killed in a plane crash if you are a "frequent flyer": 1 in 500,000
Infrequent flyer: 1 in 10 million passenger journeys
Getting struck and killed by a puck at an NHL game: 1 in 10 million
Men between the ages of 55 and 64 have a 1 in 74 chance of dying within the year
Being killed while hang gliding: 1 in 80,000
Being killed while scuba diving: 1 in 150,000
You have a 25 times higher chance of being killed in your car than in a plane
Your chance of being killed or injured in a catastrophic accident — like a terrorist attack, hurricane or an explosion — is one-third what it was in 1950

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