Here Are 10 Insane Things More Likely to Kill You Than A Shark

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Picture this: You're at the beach swimming with some friends, having a good time, when suddenly you're overcome with an intense feeling of dread. You start to get nervous and you can feel your heart beating a mile a minute.

Then you start to hear it, that intense music reminiscent of a 1975 horror film, the soundtrack of your own subconscious warning you that there is danger afoot. The music gets louder, your heart beats faster, and you find yourself searching the horizon for the impending danger, when suddenly...

Absolutely nothing happens.

The reason you haven't been turned into a Sunday snack for a shark is that the chances of being killed by a shark in your lifetime are 1 in 3.7 million. Despite our intense fear of sharks, an average of only 5 deaths each year are caused by sharks, according to National Geographic

There are far more ridiculous things out there that average a greater number of deaths each year than shark attacks.

The following is a list of 10 things humans have a greater chance of being killed by than a shark attack:


In Africa it is estimated that an average of 2,900 people are killed by hippos each year.

While many of us might draw the conclusion that these water dwelling mammals are gentle giants, the fact is that a hippo attack can be more vicious than a shark attack. These animals have been seen in the wild killing and eating crocodiles.

Their deadly incisors can grow up to 20 inches long, according to, perfect for tearing apart flesh.


With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there, Old McDonald never saw this one coming.

Cows are responsible for an average of 22 deaths per year, according to the Department of Geography at UC Santa Barbara.

Between 2003 and 2007, the Department of Labor recorded 21.6 deaths caused by an accidental kick or an attack by a cow on a human.


In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there was almost 1 million car accidents caused by collisions with deer, resulting in the deaths of 200 people.

Falling out of bed

You'll never reach for the snooze button in a fit of Monday morning rage again, when you learn that the odds of dying from a fall out of bed are 1 in 4,238. An average of 450 people die each year from falling out of their beds, according to the U.S. Herpetoculture Alliance



Vending Machines

The next time you walk into the break room, you might want to do so a little more carefully. There is the very real possibility you might find one of your coworkers smushed under a vending machine, following an unsuccessful attempt to wrest free a soda that was stuck in the machine.

In 1995, the Consumer Products Safety Commission recognized 37 deaths and 113 injuries since 1978 that were caused by people trying to rock or tilt a vending machine.

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Texting while driving is one of the more dangerous activities a person can engage in. A distracted driver won't notice how close the car in front of them is, or the driver might miss a stop sign and end up injuring or killing a pedestrian.

Texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents per year, according to the National Safety Council.

Each day, 11 teens are killed in accidents caused by texting while driving, according to the Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts.


You might want to wear a hardhat the next time you are walking along a beach in the Caribbean, as it's widely believed that falling coconuts kill an average of 150 people each year.

However, death by coconut is considered throughout the scientific community to be an urban legend.

Tap Water

Young children and senior citizens are in the most danger of being scalded to death by hot tap water, according to a study published in 2013 by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health.

The study says that in the U.S., 1,500 hospital admissions are the result of tap water burns, and 100 of those admissions result in death.


Falls are the leading cause of "unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43% of fatal falls in the last decade involved a ladder," according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Shopping on Black Friday

Black Friday is said to be the official start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., and it's also one of the most dangerous days of the year, as bargain shoppers are not above clawing, kicking, and trampling each other in order to find their loved ones a perfect gift.

After all, nothing says Merry Christmas like an iPad covered in someone else's blood.

Between 2006 and 2013 there were seven Black Friday shopping related deaths, according to

Okay, so this one doesn't average a high number of deaths each year (luckily), but you have to admit it's still ridiculous that people get extreme enough during their holiday shopping to cause the death of another person. 

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