You don’t have to see the movie Jaws to know that sharks are terrifying, deadly creatures, but how dangerous are they really? On average, there is less than one shark-attack death every two years in the United States, according to records.
In honor of Shark Week, check out 25 things that are much more likely to kill you.
#1 – Stoplight Intersections
Traffic lights are responsible for about 2,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Well, we assume from people running through them, not the lights themselves.
#2 – Coconuts
Falling coconuts cause about 150 deaths annually. You know, while you were keeping an eye on the sharks.
#3 – Mosquitoes
#4 – High School/College Football
High school and college football injuries claim an average of 12 lives annually.
#5 – Champagne Corks
Believe it or not, champagne corks kill almost 24 people each year. Don’t be a show off. Safety first.
#6 – Tripping
Almost 6,000 die from tripping and falling at home each year.
#7 – Lunch
#8 – Raw Meat
Approximately 5,000 people die each year in the U.S. alone as a result of consuming uncooked, contaminated food.
#9 – Cows
Cows cause the death of about 20 Americans each year, mostly from blunt-force trauma. Think about that the next time you enjoy a glass of milk.
#10 – Wind
#11 – Bees
Bee stings kill about 100 people in the U.S. every year.
#12 – Horses
Horses kill about 20 people annually in the U.S. alone.
#13 – The Cold
About 600 people are killed in the U.S. each year from excessively cold weather.
#14 – Ladders
Falls from ladders cause about 355 deaths annually in the U.S. Another reason not to walk under them.
#15 – Hot Tap Water
In the U.S., about 100 people die annually from being scalded by hot tap water. Patience people, patience!
#16 – Ants
Ants kill up to 50 people every year. If you get bit by one fire ant, you’d better run.
#17 – Dogs
About 30 U.S. deaths are caused by dogs. Not these dogs, but you get the idea.
#18 – Icicles
Falling icicles kill about 15 people in the U.S. each year. Chance of being injured increases with the use of a Red Ryder BB Gun.
#19 – Autoerotic Asphyxiation
As many as 1,000 people die annually by asphyxiating themselves in this way.
#20 – Hippos
Hippos claim the lives of 2,900 people around the world each year. You’ll never play Hungry Hungry Hippos the same way again.
#21 – Being Left-Handed
Some claim that 2,500 deaths are caused every year when left-handed people attempt to use products designed for right-handed people. While we can’t confirm that statistic it is true that left-handed people are five times more likely than right-handers to die in accidents.
#22 – Lightning
24,000 people are killed by lightning worldwide each year.
#23 – Vending Machines
37 people were killed trying to get a snack from a vending machine from 1978 to 1995. That’s an average of 2.18 deaths a year, making this cause of death WAY more likely than shark attacks.
#24 – Jellyfish
Jellyfish can claim the lives of up to 40 people each year.
#25 – Beds
450 people die falling out of beds in the United States each year. A real life nightmare.
BONUS – Sharknado
We’re not sure if these should count as regular shark attacks but it’s worth it to note that Syfy’s TORNADO OF SHARKS killed 16 people. So, it could be argued that you’re more likely to be killed by a Sharknado, than an average shark.