19 Things Way More Dangerous Than Sharks

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Unprovoked sharks attack about 75 people annually, with about six of these attacks resulting in fatalities. Here are 19 things that are more dangerous than sharks (H/T BuzzFeed):

1. Sex


In 1981, two researchers estimated there are 11,000sex-related deaths each year.

2. Skiing


An average of 41.5 people die while skiing or snowboarding each year.


4. Hot tap-water


The CDC reports that scalding from hot tap-water caused 452 deaths over a ten-year period.


6. Chairs


Falls involving chairs caused more than 2,000 deaths between 1999 and 2010.

7. Oysters on the half shell


Vibriosis -- a potentially lethal, though rare, bacteria associated with eating raw oysters -- is responsible for about 15 deaths per year.

8. Room fresheners


There were 2,600 room freshener injuries in 1996. (Sharks attacked 13 people that year.)


10. Being a baker, chef or cook


In 2008, there were 65 deaths in food preparation occupations.

11. Christmas trees


Festooned trees injure 1,000 people annually.

12. Toys


Toys, including balls, darts and tricycles, caused 20 deaths in 2005. (The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled WHAM-O Slip ‘N Slides in 1993, due to reports of paralysis and neck injuries.)

13. Gun accidents


The accidental discharge of firearms killed 606 people in the U.S. in 2010.

14. Trampolines


In 2006, 4,700 hospitalizations or deaths resulted from trampoline accidents.

15. Grooming pubic hairs


Shaving, waxing and trimming nether regions led to an estimated 11,700 emergency department visits from 2002 to 2010.

16. Hospitals

Bad care at hospitals is linked to the deaths of 180,000 Medicare patients annually.

17. Toilets


About 43,000 Americans had accidents involving toilets in 1996.

18. Constipation


Between 1999 and 2010, constipation was the cause of 150 deaths per year.

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