Beachgoers must not be very appetizing. Sharks are often billed as merciless man eaters. Yet, they kill—on average—less than one person every two years in the U.S. In fact, if you went to the World Cup in Brazil, you were more likely to be bitten by Luis Suárez than by a shark. Perhaps it’s time to start shooting a movie called “Suárez-Nado." But why stop there? Here are 11 other items that would (statistically) pose a more credible threat to B-movie characters than some hungry, hungry shark. You’re welcome, Hollywood!
Not the hot air version, the latex kids' party kind. Every year they kill between 2 and 5 people in just the United States [PDF].
Shark Week is coming up, but you might wanna download it: In 2011, 29 people were killed by falling TV sets [PDF].
5. Lawn Mowers
America currently leads the world in lawn mower and small tractor-related fatalities, with 75 citizens falling victim to these vehicles annually. For obvious reasons, this can be a gruesome way to go.
6. Vending Machines
According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, these heavy food dispensers have been responsible for “at least 37 deaths and 113 injuries since 1978."
7. Swing Sets
Playground equipment—and swing sets in particular—kill nearly 20 people per year.
Falling down these leads to 1600 annual fatalities. So make sure you’re using those handrails.
Three hundred bathers drown in household tubs every year.
10. Cell Phones
Don’t text and drive. Ever. Go here to find out why.
Cycling-related deaths are sadly commonplace, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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