We all have to go at some point, but itâ€™s surprising how little most of us know about the leading causes of human death. Freak accidents like shark attacks or plane crashes tend to get a lot of press, but your odds of dying in such a grisly fashion are far lower than you may imagine. Here are 10 little-known facts about death that might just change your perspective â€“ and remind you why itâ€™s so important to have life insurance!
- Every year, more people are killed by donkeys than plane crashes.
- You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than a poisonous spider.
- The odds of dying in an earthquake are one in 148,756.
- Approximately 150 people a year are killed by falling coconuts.
- The animal responsible for the most human deaths worldwide is the mosquito, causing 1 million deaths per year.
- The odds of dying in a bathtub are one in a million.
- You are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark.
- On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
- The top five preventable causes of death worldwide are:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure), which causes about 7.8 million deaths a year.
- Smoking, which causes about 5 million deaths a year.
- Malnutrition, which causes about 3.8 million deaths a year.
- Sexually transmitted diseases, which cause about 3 million deaths a year.
- Obesity and being overweight, which cause about 2.5 million deaths a year.
- The top two causes of death worldwide are heart disease and cancer. One out of every six people succumbs to heart disease (approximately 597,689 a year), while one out of every seven dies of cancer (approximately 574,743 a year).
For more strange and surprising facts about death, check out SelectQuoteâ€™s Killer Facts and Odds of Dying Infographic.
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