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Can You Die Laughing, Sir?

May 4, 2012


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The.skeptics acknowledge two recorded cases of death by laughing. On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King’s Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the “Kung Fu Kapers” episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt-clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling “Ecky Thump”, who was armed with a black pudding

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Damnoen Saen-um, a Thai ice cream salesman, is reported to have died in 2003 while laughing in his sleep at the age of 52.

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Wikipedia claims one American died in 2012 from laughing. This claim cannot be confirmed.

 Even if one case was reported look at the odds or probability:

Die Laughing : 1 in 7,000,000,000 for the World

or 1 in 310,000,000 in the USA.

This is a much lower probability according to Oddee than dying in the USA from:

Roller Coasters

1 in 77.5 million

Vending Machines

1 in 24 million

 Falling out of bed

1 in 690,000

Texting while driving

1 in 62,000

Meanwhile LiveScience puts the probability of dying in the States from:

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Legal Execution*

1-in-58,618

Tornado

1-in-60,000

Lightning Strike

1-in-83,930

Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting

1-in-100,000

Earthquake

1-in-131,890

Heart Disease*

1-in-457

* According to Time Magazine . More scary stats @ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Note Mathspigs: Reading statistics requires brains. The probability of you dying from legal execution is ZERO if you have not murdered anyone. The probability of dying from a Vending Machine is almost ZERO if you never go near one. One could, of course, fall of the back off the back of a truck. The probability of dying from heart disease is very low at 12 years of age.

Death by Maths:

Here is the exercise my pretties.

Put these statistics into a bar graph.  The exercise is really looking at GRAPH SCALES because once you put in Heart Disease everything else almost disappears off the graph.

Here is a graph from Chartgo:

Death by lightning strike occurs 1-in-83,930. Now we will convert this to No. Deaths per 100,000.

No. Deaths per 100,00 = 100,000/83,930 = 1.2

Cause of Death US

No. Death per100,000
A. laughing 0.0003
B. roller coaster 0.001
C. vending machine 0.004
D. falling out of bed 0.14
E. texting driving 1.6
F. legal execution 1.7
G. tornado 1.7
H. lightning 1.2
I. snake, bee sting 1.0
J. earthquake

0.8

K. heart disease 218

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