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post #1 of 18 Old Jul 16th, 2006, 8:47 am Thread Starter
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The odds of dying

In this months National Geographic they have a list on the odds of how death will occur. Here they are;
Total odds of dying 1 in 1
Heart disease 1 in 5
Cancer 1 in 7
Stroke 1 in 24
Motor vehicle accident 1 in 84
Suicide 1 in 119
Falling 1 in 218
Firearm assault 1 in 314
Pedestrian accident 1 in 626
Drowning 1 in 1008
Motorcycle accident 1 in 1020
Fire or smoke 1 in 1113
Bicycling accident 1 in 4919
Air/space accident 1 in 5051
Accidental firearm discharge 1 in 5134
Accidental electrocution 1 in 9968
Alcohol poisoning 1 in 10048
Hot weather 1 in 13729
Hornet or wasp sting 1 in 56789
Legal execution 1 in 62468
Lightning 1 in 79746
Earthquake 1 in 117127
Flood 1 in 144156
Fireworks discharge 1 in 340733

They didn't mention oil related discussions which I believe are somewhere between stroke and suicide!
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post #2 of 18 Old Jul 16th, 2006, 8:55 am
 
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At 1 in 84 . . . I'll takes my chances.


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They didn't mention oil related discussions which I believe are somewhere between stroke and suicide!
That's only if you're an ****** user. The risk is even higher if you drink the stuff! You DO drink the stuff...doncha Nick?!
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At 1 in 84 . . . I'll takes my chances.
Check again, Joe. Motorcycle accident is 1 on 1020. Interesting we're not considered a motor vehicle, but if my odds are better than in a car I"ll take 'em!

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Check again, Joe. Motorcycle accident is 1 on 1020. Interesting we're not considered a motor vehicle, but if my odds are better than in a car I"ll take 'em!
Oops! That's what I meant to type. And yes, I always knew bikes were safer than cars! I say it all of the time.
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This is such a flawed statistical report....
Don't you think it would be more truthful and correct if they would at least mention dying of "OLD AGE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..........Regards Pete
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I think that's the first stat . . . "Total odds of dying 1 in 1"
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At 1 in 84 . . . I'll takes my chances.


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That's only if you're an ****** user. The risk is even higher if you drink the stuff! You DO drink the stuff...doncha Nick?!
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This is such a flawed statistical report....
Don't you think it would be more truthful and correct if they would at least mention dying of "OLD AGE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..........Regards Pete

No such thing.. Scientists have discovered that between the ages of 84 and 90 the human body stops aging. Unfortunatly by this time your immune system is so depleted it is inevitable you will catch something that you will no longer be able to fight off.
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No such thing.. Scientists have discovered that between the ages of 84 and 90 the human body stops aging. Unfortunatly by this time your immune system is so depleted it is inevitable you will catch something that you will no longer be able to fight off.
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The Safety Nazi's (NHTSA) just released a report, the numbers don't really give you much from one side of the table or the other. Not enough solid pertinent facts.
What does stick out glaringly is this number steady over ten years 90%
A constant almost 90% of all motorcycle fatalities happen on undivided roads. You know the ones where the cage driver with inattentive blindness makes a left and wipes out you or your buddies.
Watch out for the Van lady, the most dangerous thing to motorcyclists everywhere
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Hey guys some more stats for you to think about.
These are from the land of oz though.
When I first went for my licence I was told that the vast majority of motorcyle deaths were single vehicle accidents.
In fact the only accident I ever had I managed to do all by myself!!!.
The other thing you are probably ignoring because you want to, is that just about everybody travels in cars but only around 5% of the population get on bikes. So unfortunately to even things up you will have to multiply the motorcyle deaths by 20........Sorry. And to make things worse most people travel in cars daily and a lot of bikes are only used occasionally. bummer more multiplying!!

Good thing I ignore figures.

This of course only relates to chances of dying driving or riding not the actual numbers of deaths.

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I wonder if those actuaries include the number of motorbike riders in the developing countries like India and China. Two wheels IS the preferred method of economical transportation. People learn at early ages how to ride em in traffic and the cagers usually are outnumbered in urban traffic. I love the pictures of the family and livestock riding together on the same bike.
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I thought this was a wonderful way of looking at it..........



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I wonder if those actuaries include the number of motorbike riders in the developing countries like India and China. Two wheels IS the preferred method of economical transportation. People learn at early ages how to ride em in traffic and the cagers usually are outnumbered in urban traffic. I love the pictures of the family and livestock riding together on the same bike.
This was based on U.S. figures
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I thought this was a wonderful way of looking at it..........



Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --

"WOW-- What a Ride!"

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Couldn't agree more.........thats pretty much how I have lived my whole life.
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Hey Jeff,

Great meeting you last Sat at B'fast and Lukebach. I sometimes feel like I'm broadsiding through this life, totally worn out!

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --

"WOW-- What a Ride!"

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Just old, clutchless and clueless
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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --

"WOW-- What a Ride!"

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One of our oldest BMW club members who in his riding gear looked like any "biker" and who rode with knee sliders (and used them) passed away at the young age of 76! He rode with us (way up front) every Sunday right up to the week in which he died! We had them read this exact quotation at his memorial. Theo Shepstone RIP. Old age got him and not his new K1200S.
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