Earlier this week we covered a U.S. government study reporting on the threat of killer furniture. According to government statistics, roughly as many Americans are killed annually by unstable furniture and falling televisions as are killed in terrorist attacks. In honor of the annual National Counter Terrorism Center report, here are 10 more things you can be terrified of…
1. 16 oz sodas – At least 26,000 deaths per year are attributed directly to obesity. Way more purple hearts issued in the obesity wars than in the anti-terror ones.
2. The Transportation Security Administration - The increased inconvenience of going through airport security increases automobile deaths due to people deciding to drive instead of fly by 500 per year. On the bright side, a TSA security check is the most action many soda-guzzling Americans are ever going to get.
3. Your Bathroom – Nearly 9,000 bathroom-related fatalities were reported in 1999.
4. Texting – Responsible for 6,000 deaths annually. Not to mention the danger of being in Anthony Weiner's address book.
5. Weird Sex Stuff – "Estimates of the mortality rate of autoerotic asphyxia range from 250 to 1,000 deaths per year in the United States."
6. Alcohol and Tobacco – At least weed is still safe.
7. The weather - According to the Nation Weather Service 5,009 people were killed in the US by severe weather between 2001 and 2009. The forecast is cloudy with a chance of pure terror.
8. Yourself - 36,909 suicides in 2008, according to the CDC. Don't do it!
9. Your doctor – 200,000-plus deaths are attributed to hospital infections and preventable medical errors. Thanks Obamacare!
10. Worrying about #'s 1-9…or terrorism…or terrorist furniture, instead of going about your life – Elevated stress increases the risk of early death five-fold.
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