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Check out these side-by-side comparisons of the things a lot of us are worried might kill us, vs. the things that actually do.

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • Priyanka Kher

    Six months ago, I met a co-worker of my husbands’ at a common dinner party. I had only just moved to America and he was one of the first people I met. He was friendly, warm and fun. Last night my husband got home and told me that this person was no more. He was 25 years old, and died of cancer. 

    This piece( for me) has come up at a time when I was looking for some answers. Spreading awareness is extremely important and this provides a lot of perspective. Thank you.

  • Vernon

    my roomate’s sister made $18512 past month. she is making cash on the laptop and moved in a $519300 home. All she did was get fortunate and work up the instructions given on this site

    • reality

      Vernon: your roommates sister is a callgirl. Just FYI

      • Michael

        Are you saying there are instructions to being a callgirl on Matador Network?

  • Guest

    Heh, speaking of bear attacks. I live in the Arctic. We et warnings whenever bears are spotted in town, and people walk cautiously. Someone was eaten by a Bear somewhere in the North slope about 15 years ago. …But people slip and fall on th ice ALL THE TIME. …And lots of those people end up in the hospital for it.

  • bgaesop

    This is a terrible execution of a wonderful idea. Why on Earth would you make the scales so different for the things being compared? It makes the differences in deaths look much smaller than they actually are, which is the opposite of the point you’re trying to make. This is exceedingly bad design.

  • ali

    in 2009 nine people died from terrorism outside the united states.    but 2001 there was the 9 /11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 americans in america!       so i would understand why americans would fear terrorism 

    • Miss Molly House

      I am going to make a bold assumption here that Ali has never been very good at math, but she did excel at further emphasizing the author’s point.

  • Katie

    Who are you to say what “Americans” are afraid of- where did the choices in the right column come from? I for one and very scared of cancer and heart disease, as they run in my family and have seen too many people taken by gun violence. Lions and tigers and bears (oh my) don’t bother me in the slightest. 

  • Ruth Robertson-Zimmerman

    Why wasn’t HELL mentioned on this list? That should be the #1 thing everybody is afraid of! But…there is an easy cure for that fear. Jesus took care of it at Calvary!

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