Questions tagged [mortality]

Questions about the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.

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Has austerity caused the death of over 130,000 people in the UK? [duplicate]

On BBC Question Time, Thursday 13 June 2019, Francesca Martinez said: Austerity has caused the death of over 130,000 human beings in Britain. That is absolutely outrageous. That is 130,000 mums and ...
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Is the infant mortality rate among African-American babies in Youngstown, Ohio greater than that of babies in Iran?

In a town hall meeting on June 2, 2019 with Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), the candidate stated the following (emphasis mine) Now, a lot of people don't know, but Youngstown, Ohio is 50 percent ...
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Did more than 300 polling workers die as a result of their work during the spring 2019 Indonesian election?

So I read this CNN article titled bluntly, “More than 300 workers dead after Indonesian election” and am finding the sheer numbers of workers dead—or have fallen ill—due to being overworked a bit hard ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research team led ...
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Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg alive as of February 2019? [closed]

Right wing sources on social media have been abuzz with rumors that Ginsburg has died. The conspiracy theory is that Democrats are hiding her death to avoid another Trump pick on the Supreme Court. ...
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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

According to wikipedia > Gamal_Abdel_Nasser#Nationalization_of_the_Suez_Canal (current revision), on 26 July 1956, Nasser gave a speech in which he claimed 120,000 Egyptians died during the ...
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Was the United States the equal fifth deadliest country for journalists in 2018?

As reported in the CNN article In a violent year for journalists, United States among the deadliest countries for first time, the group Reporters Without Borders has claimed that the United States is ...
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Does excess salt in food cause thousands of deaths per annum in the UK?

The body responsible for promoting public health in England (prosaically called Public Health England) has faced recent criticism that it it has failed to secure sufficient reductions in the salt ...
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Is there as significant danger to frequent close contact with a pet dog? [closed]

An article in the National Geographic here talks of the dangers of dog licks. On the other hand, this NYT article states that dog owners tend to live longer and healthier than non-pet owners. Is it ...
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Have people died by being shocked through the headphone cord of their cell phone?

The headline of an article in Vice magazine claims that "A 16-Year-Old Has Died After Being Electrocuted by His Headphones" Last week, a teenager was electrocuted to death while listening to ...
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Did the Neolithic Revolution increase infant mortality rates?

I was reading this article, and it's honestly better cited than a lot of things I read, but one of the claims it includes contradicts my expectations. Specifically, this claim: In the best-selling ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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Does Chinese astrology influence death rates?

In Joseph Henrich's book The secret of our Success he discusses the importance of culture as a factor in the rise to success of Homo sapiens. In chapter 14 he specifically discusses examples where ...
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Was an elderly woman forcibly euthanized in the Netherlands?

A disturbing story appeared on my news feed this week, Elderly Woman Forcibly Euthanized The article says that in the Netherlands an elderly woman with dementia was euthanized against her will. ...
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Does each car in inner London cost society £8,000 in health and environmental cost over its lifetime?

The topic of air quality is getting a load of attention in newspaper headlines in the days leading up to Clean Air Day (21st June, apparently). For example, The Independent reports a recent study on ...
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Do more people die from flying champagne corks and golf balls than are attacked by coyotes?

According to the Humane Society: Coyote attacks on people are very rare. More people are killed by errant golf balls and flying champagne corks each year than are bitten by coyotes. On a Wikipedia ...
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Is a tow truck driver killed every six days on average in the US?

Along I-90 in Massachusetts (and I presume elsewhere in the state), there is a digital billboard which sometimes displays a message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that a tow truck ...
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Does tobacco kill half of its consumers?

A World Health Organization "meme" doing the rounds claims: Tobacco is the only product that kills half its consumers. There are two claims here: That tobacco kills half its consumers. That no ...
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Do about 100 Germans die every year due to risky masturbation?

EveningStandard claims in Masturbation 'kills up to 100 Germans a year', new study shows that up to 100 Germans a year die to masturbation for using risky methods like auto-erotic asphyxiation or ...
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Are ladders more dangerous than guns? [closed]

You know, studies show that keeping a ladder inside the house is more dangerous than a loaded gun. That's why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder. - Grunkle Stan I've ...
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Has Pokémon Go caused hundreds of deaths?

This article in The Register claims that Pokémon Go may have a bad side effect on road safety. The headline is: Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes And the article summarises ...
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Is austerity in the UK responsible for “120,000” extra deaths?

The UK government has been implementing tight constraints on public spending to attempt to recover from the 2008 financial crash and bailout. But this austerity is controversial. A recent report in ...
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Death by electroshock from 12V battery

A solar power book makes this claim: A low voltage system can cause major problems simply because of the huge current that a 12v battery can generate: in excess of 1,000 amps in short burst can ...
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Killed by 9V battery (via multimeter)

I found a Darwin award story claiming that someone was killed by pushing the leads of a Simpson 260 into his skin in ohmmeter mode. Furthermore, the story claims it is based on an unnamed US Navy ...
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Is it possible to survive landing in water when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in trees when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Have people survived landing in swamps when free-falling?

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Is landing in water worse than landing in trees when free-falling? [closed]

This popular YouTube video which is about surviving when jumping from a plane with the parachute failing says at 1:03: You're looking for 3 things: Swamps, snow, trees. Your best chance of ...
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Has any other president personally paid the family of a fallen soldier?

I was reading in the news that President Donald Trump has written a check for $25,000 for the family of a fallen soldier. The article, indirectly quoted Donald Trump as saying: “He said, ‘I’m going ...
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Are female surgeons less likely to kill you?

A 2017 article in The Times has the following headline: Female surgeons less likely to kill you, study finds The article reports: Patients operated on by a woman are less likely to die within a ...
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Does mortality fall when doctors go on strike?

In a 2017 article arguing that inaction is sometimes better than action (the urge to do something often dominates the urge to do the right thing) Tim Harford makes the following comment (I've included ...
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Does significant consumption of French fries double your chance of death?

A report on an Australian news site claims that: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have ‘double’ the chance of death The report quotes some of the details of the research: On ...
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Was 2016 the Deadliest year for the LGBTQ community?

This image claims the following: 2016 was recorded to be the deadliest year for the LGBTQ community. 27 transgender people were murdered in 2016, overtaking previous records in 2015 (21 ...
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Do about 10 people die from unintentional drowning daily?

Is it true that 10 people die from unintentional drowning daily as this article claims? Either way, secondary and dry drowning are both incredibly rare. In fact, as The Washington Post reports, ...
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Did Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi start smiling 45 minutes after his death?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi was the Abbot of The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, Greece. He died in 2009. Several religious Christians claim that his corpse started to smile after ...
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Does consuming Vitamin C after eating shrimp result in death by arsenic?

I get lots of spam from family and friends, but this one in particular called my attention. It claims that if you eat shrimp and the ingest anything with Vitamin C, in a short period of time you would ...
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Did a disproportionate number of celebrities die in 2016?

There is a general claim being made that 2016 has had an unusually high number of celebrities pass away. While the past few days may have had a cluster of celebrity deaths, is 2016 really an unusual ...
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Was Fred Hampton murdered?

Multiple films and books refer to the death of Blank Panther Party leader Fred Hampton as a murder or assassination. My understanding is that the police inquest into the raid that resulted in his ...
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Is Tupac Shakur alive?

Did Tupac Shakur fake his own death? Numerous conspiracy theories have developed over the years - one being that he is somewhere in Cuba, but I feel that myth could easily be debunked or confirmed ...
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Does Texas have the worst maternal mortality in the developed world?

A 2016 article in the Guardian claims that Texas has seen a doubling in the maternal mortality rate after the closure of 80 family planning centres giving obstetric and gynaecology advice to pregnant ...
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Was John Ashe about to testify about Clinton before he died of a crushed throat?

WhatReallyHappened writes: Initially reported as having died from a heart attack, John's throat had obviously been crushed. At that point the official story changed to him accidentally dropping a ...
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Did Tony Yahle die and come back to life?

According to CBS and a variety of other news outlets, a man called Tony Yahle's heart stopped for 45 minutes, he was pronounced dead, and then he came back to life. Many of the articles make ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

A child dies from malaria every two minutes. -- CNN article on Faso Soap This doesn't sound right to me. I know Africa (the main location of malaria) is a big and populous place, but this seems too ...
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Does preservative and pesticides in food prevent corpses from rotting?

In this 2003 article it is said that in Germany, the time before a coffins collapse and crumble into the soil is expanding Previously that process would take from eight to 10 years - but now in ...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

The Economist isn't a fan of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. In an analysis of his ascendence to the Republican nomination they try to discern some of the factors. As part of their list of ...
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Is 2016 cursed for celebrities? [closed]

Here in the UK, it seems like every single day this year there has been another celebrity death. Before we have chance to mourn them or celebrate their achievements, another one pops off. People are ...
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Do 30% of seniors get a heart attack each year?

I saw an ad somewhere that claimed 30% of seniors die each year from heart attack. This sounds way, way too much. Is it really true?
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Do nails and hair continue to grow after death?

I've heard that nails and hair continue to grow even after death. Is this true or just a myth?
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Is adult life expectancy the same in hunter-gatherer tribes and in industrialized societies?

This article Common misconceptions about science II: Life expectancy says: Another common misperception about science, which is held even by many social scientists, is that, both in our ...
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Did over 1000 people in Haiti report seeing Tupac a week after his death? [duplicate]

I stumbled upon this website http://thadrill.com/2013/03/1000-people-called-haiti-police-saying-they-saw-2pac-shukur/ that claimed over a 1000 people in Haiti reported to the police that they had seen ...