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  • eric krieg
    this is cute Subject: WARNING[oct29] Don t go to the bathroom on October 29th. CIA intelligence reports that a major plot is planned for that day. Anyone who
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      this is cute
      Subject: WARNING[oct29]


      Don't go to the bathroom on October 29th. CIA intelligence reports
      that a major plot is planned for that day. Anyone who takes a poop
      on the 29th will be bitten on the ass by an alligator. Reports
      indicate that organized groups of alligators are planning to rise up
      into unsuspecting American's toilet bowls and bite them when they are
      doing their dirty business.

      I usually don't send emails like this, but I got this information
      from a reliable source. It came from a friend of a friend whose
      cousin is dating this girl whose brother knows this guy whose wife
      knows this lady whose husband buys hotdogs from this guy who knows a
      a shoeshine guy who shines the shoes of a mailroom worker who has a
      friend who's drug dealer sells drugs to another mailroom worker who
      works in the CIA building. He apparently overheard two guys talking
      in the bathroom about alligators and came to the conclusion that we
      are going to be attacked. So it must be true

      ================================

      People,

      it does amaze me that people only seem to fear the newest way to die
      regardless of probability. In the time one person has died from Anthrax,
      there would have been the following estimated US moralities:

      5 - lightening
      1 - idiots pulling soda machines down on themselves
      1162 - auto fatalities
      16,000 - cigarette related deaths
      400 - ALS deaths

      The fact is that living is actually a dangerous activity. The following table
      comes from:
      http://www.yesic.com/~pilon/securityinfo/odds.htm

      Your Lifetime Death Risks;

      Being Murdered in the U.S. - 1 in 150.
      Dying from heart disease - 1 in 6.
      Being Killed by Someone's Dog - 1 in 700,000.
      Being Killed by your own dog - 1 in 260,000.
      Being Killed in a Bicycle Accident - 1 in 88,000.
      Death by Lightning in the U.S.- 1 in 17,400.
      Death by Flesh Eating Disease - 1 in 1,000,000.
      Death by a Bee Sting - 1 in 70,500.
      Dying in the Bathtub - 1 in 12,800.
      Being Killed by a Falling Object - 1 in 4,400.
      Being Killed by a Falling Aircraft - 1 in 320,000.
      Dying of Cancer - 1 in 3.
      Death by Cigarettes (1 pack a day) - 1 in 3.
      Dying by Living With a Cigarette Smoker - 1 in 4,200.
      Dying by Working 20 Years in a Coal Mine - 1 in 23.
      Killed Commuting by Bicycle (10km a day for 10 years) - 1
      in 350.
      Killed In an Auto Accident (18,000km per year) - 1 in 75.
      Killed Travelling by Jet (10,000km per year) - 1 in 2,700.
      Death by Big City Air Pollution (lifetime exposure) - 1 in
      70.
      Death by Eating Peanut Butter (average lifetime
      consumption) - 1 in 3,300.
      Death by Diet Sodas (200 sodas a year) - 1 in 3,000.
      Death by Living Within 8km of a Nuclear Reactor - 1 in
      1,560,000.
      Dying from an earthquake or volcano - 1 in 140,000.
      Dying from leaking gas - 1 in 155,000.
      Dying from a snakebite - 1 in 460,000.
      Drinking detergent and dying - 1 in 295,000.
      A fatal skull fracture while falling out of bed - 1 in 255.
      A fatal elevator ride - 1 in 77,000.
      Dying from heart disease - 1 in 6.
      Freezing to death - 1 in 10,000.
      Committing suicide - 1 in 71.
      Dying while mountain climbing - 1 in 5 (per mountain
      climbing lifetime).
      Dying while hang gliding - 1 in 133 (per hang gliding
      lifetime).
      Dying while skydiving - 1 in 86,000 jumps.
      Dying while auto racing - 1 in 90 (per racing lifetime).
      Dying while motorcycling - 1 in 30 (per motorcycling
      lifetime).
      Dying while running - 1 in 180.
      Dying while boating or swimming - 1 in 460.
      Dying while playing football - 1 in 1,700 (per football
      playing lifetime).
      Dying while bicycling - 1 in 8,700.
      Dying in the next 24 hours (from all causes at age 45) -
      1 in 11,000.
      Dying sometime - 100%.

      Other Non-Death Risks;

      Contracting an infection during a stay at a U.S. hospital
      - 1 in 15.
      Injuring yourself while shaving seriously enough to require
      medical attention - 1 in 93 (lifetime risk).
      If you're a minor, being kidnapped by a stranger - 1 in
      560 (annual risk).
      If you're a minor, being kidnapped by a family member
      - 1 in 180 (annual risk).
      Having your car stolen - 1 in 152 (annual risk).
      Having your bicycle stolen - 1 in 280 (annual risk).
      Having your wallet or purse stolen - 1 in 23 (lifetime
      risk).
      Going to prison - 1 in 2.2 (lifetime risk).
      Getting fat - 1 in 4 (lifetime risk).
      Being injured by your toilet bowl cleaner - 1 in 2,230
      (lifetime risk).
      Getting food poisoning - 1 in 8 (annual risk).


      A nice upshot of being skeptical and rational, is being less likely to fixate
      on some "fear du jour" is just not likely.

      Eric Krieg
      --
      http://www.phact.org/e/
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