Questions tagged [mortality]

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

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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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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Have 331 trans and gender-diverse people been murdered in the last year (to Nov 2019)?

Transgender Europe (TGEU) have a research project, Transrespect versus Trannsphobia Worldwide. They recently issued a press release, TMM Update Trans Day of Remembrance 2019: The TDoR 2019 update ...
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Did hundreds of thousands of people die due to lack of seat belts in the period before they were made mandatory?

In a recent interview, Tesla founder Elon Musk gives a historical reference as example of slow government reaction to public harm: At 8m15s: Take something like seatbelts. It was known for, I ...
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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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Is the video of the Russian talent show archery tragedy faked?

This video has been around for a few years, but the first time I saw this I was shocked and disturbed. Got talent goes horribly wrong archer [not safe for work] I have looked online and have found ...
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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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Are one-third of teen suicides homosexuals?

The media and government officials have often claimed that the rate of teen suicide for homosexuals is vastly higher than the suicide rate of heterosexual teens. The figure they often use is that an ...
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Did Hedviga Golik sit dead and undiscovered for 42 years in front of her TV?

While searching for data for another question on here regarding people dying watching TV, I stumbled upon a Gizmodo article about one unfortunate Hedviga Golik, who died in front of her TV in 1966 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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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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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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Was Paul Walker killed by a US Government drone?

Truther News, part of conspiracy theory site, Truther.org reports: While initial reports state that the car split in two after striking a tree at a high rate of speed, one look at the crash scene (...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could someone dig themselves out of a grave?

Some notable stories and movies show characters being buried alive, and then digging themselves out. This has apparently happened in reality, such as this story: Girl digs self out of grave, points ...
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Did the victim of neo-Nazi violence as reported in Pink News die?

From Pink News: The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed [by Spectrum Human Rights]. ... PinkNews is unable to verify ...
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Did someone die in a dutch oven?

This article has been going around social media being touted as news. Husband Convicted Of Manslaughter After Dutch Oven Goes "Horribly Wrong" According to the story: The case for the ...
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Is this 90 year old mummy “not dead, just meditating”?

Here is a news headline so unusual it can't be true: Buddhists claim mummified monk is 'not dead, just meditating' Senior Buddhists say a mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week ...
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Will 62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup?

Today's Guardian (the British newspaper) contains this opinion piece from journalist Marina Hyde: The Guardian: How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?, 20 May 2015 It ...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

Related Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I was passed along an article reporting that a new study found that despite having the ...
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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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Does genital-electrocution of animals cause immediate death?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claim that fur-farms use genital electrocution techniques to kill animals without damaging the fur: Animals have clamps attached to or rods forced ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...