The website Insure.com put together a quiz, based on insurance data, where you try to guess which of two things is more dangerous . . . and it’s almost never the one that we’re more afraid of.
#1.) Your spouse or a serial killer? The answer is spouses, by a TON. About 2,700 people a year are killed by their spouses, versus fewer than 1,000 killed by serial killers.
#2.) Your parent or your young child? It’s EASILY your parent. There’s about a one in one million chance your child will kill you. But when a young child is killed, there’s more than a 50-50 chance he was killed by his parent.
#3.) A dog bite or a snake bite? More people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites than snake bites . . . about 20 die from dog bites, 10 from snake bites.
But there are a LOT more TOTAL dog bites than snake bites . . . about four million versus 45,000. Which means that even though more people die from dog bites, a snake bite is 50 times more likely to be fatal.
#4.) Being a man or being a woman? At every age, in every country, it’s more dangerous to be a male. It wasn’t that way 100 years ago because of childbirth deaths . . . but now that medical science is so much better, that’s not a huge factor.
#5.) Showers or baths? It’s baths, by a lot. Even though people slip in the shower, between drowning and electrocution, far more people die and get injured in bathtubs.