Topic 5 DQ 2

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I came across an example of an article that gives a list of “25 Things that Statistically Will Most Likely Kill You.” Starting with the least likely to most likely: fireworks (1 in 615,488), tsunami (1 in 500,000), asteroid impact (1 in 500,000), dog attack (1 in 147,717), earthquake (1 in 131,890), venomous bite or sting (1 in 100,000), lightening strike (1 in 83,930), tornado (1 in 60,000 but the chances may increase if you live in the US or India), legal execution (1 in 58,618), flood (1 in 30,000), air travel accidents (1 in 20,000), drowning (1 in 8,942), electrocution (1 in 5,000), bicycle accident (1 in 4,717), natural forces (1 in 3,357), fire or smoke (1 in 1,116), assault by firearm (1 in 325), falling down (1 in 246), intentional self-harm (1 in 121), motor vehicle accident (1 in 100), accidental injury (1 in 36), stroke (1 in 23), cancer (1 in 7), heart disease (1 in 5), hayflick limit (old age ) (Pegg, 2014).

In some cases, the author makes a generalization about what is likely to kill you, by comparing two completely different populations or regions of the country. Not only are the sources statistically incompatible because of reputability and sampling techniques used, but the separate populations are not further compared for all variables. This story generalizes the larger population from isolated occurrences and samples and presents flawed "statistics" to a world-wide-web audience that tend to believe everything.


Pegg, D. (2014). 25 things that are statistically most likely to kill you. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from

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