Friday, January 14, 2005

Some Fun Stats

One would expect something of this sort from a website whose logo is a perversed caution sign with a raver dancing in fat pants. Here are some real gems courtesy of Dancesafe.

You have as much chance dying from LSD or Viagra as you do falling out of bed.

Pot will kill you at the same rate as sex will. Nuclear radiation is on the same level too, but really, that depends on where you live. And what kind of sex you have.

Caffeine, Ketamine, Masturbation, Bubonic Plague, Cats and Spontaneous Combustion all have the same probablity of killing you: 1 in 100 million.

MDMA is on the same level as AIDS. This level, oddly enough, also includes the contraceptive pill and guns. Ah yes, ladies, taking the pill everyday is like... swallowing a gun?

I have lots of problems with this chart because it says things like "giving birth (overall)". What the hell does that mean? Overall as opposed to what? Only half the cases? Only horse births?

Also, suicides and homicides are on the list. Suicides and homicides mean somebody died, no ifs ands or buts. That would be a 1 in 1 chance of dying, not 1 in 10 000 like this helpful chart states.

Thank you Information Superhighway for bringing this POC to my attention.

1 comment:

mtlanglo said...

1 in 100 Very High Tobacco, Methadone Injecting

i think this is perhaps the chance that it (the activity) will eventually kill you. Thus, there is a 1 in 100 million chance the state will finally catch up to me...

(*damn- only a 1 in 10 million chance that sex will kill me? I've got a lot of work to do here...)