[LMB] Poison Ivy vs Nasty Creatures

baur baur at chello.at
Sat May 19 07:43:06 BST 2012


about the sharks ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ2DyVqZYi4

(the statistics might be slightly tweaky - but the general direction 
is correct..)

saw this ad first in the aquarium in Kapstadt / Capetown .. a nice 
place to go ..

servus

markus

Jacki Knight wrote:
>> On May 18, 2012, at 7:31 PM, Jacki Knight wrote:
>>> So there _is_ something you take care about when you go walking in
>>> the bush! Poisonous plants for goodness' sake!
>>>
>>> At least we only have snakes and spiders to beware of - the
>>> vegetation isn't trying to kill us!
>>
> On 19/05/2012, at 10:41 AM, Timothy Collett wrote:
>> Not careful about poisonous Australian snakes and spiders - death.
>> Not careful about poison ivy - aggravating rash for a few days.
>>
>> I know which *I'd* choose ;-D
>
> But several people were commenting on being allergic - to my mind that
> means anaphylactic shock and death unless you carry the appropriate
> epipen or whatever - not complaining of maybe getting a rash.
>
> That's a lot worse than a nasty bite from something which only _might_
> kill you if you're very small.
>
> Some stats for you:
>
> "Human Deaths in Australia Between 1980-1990, Inclusive (from Stevens
> & Paxton, 1992)
> Cause of Death Total Deaths Average per year
> Crocodile Attacks 8 0.7
> Shark Attacks 11 1.0
> Lightning Strikes 19 1.7
> Bee Stings 20 1.8
> Scuba Diving Accidents 88 8.0
> Drownings/Submersions 3,367 306
> Motor Vehicle Accidents 32,772 2,979
>
> No deaths by Spider bites?
> In Australia, only male Sydney Funnel Web Spiders and Redback Spiders
> (* that's Black Widow Spider to the USians and yes, you have them too)
> have caused human deaths, but none have occurred since anti venoms
> were made available in 1981. Each year in Australia as many as 4,000
> people are bitten. Of these 200 require anti venom treatment and one
> bite was fatal.
>
> No deaths from Snake bites?
> Less than eight presumably. You should also bear in mind that some of
> the snake attacks would be of people who handle snakes, keep them as
> pets or other wise live in close proximity to the beasties. In the
> extremely unlikely event you are bitten or witness someone else being
> bitten, do not try to attack the snake as it moves faster than you do
> and will probably have another go. More people die worrying about
> snakes (‘I think I saw a snake’, heartattack –thud) than actually get
> bitten by them - just a thought."
>
> full link here:
>
> http://www.sydney100.com/snakes-spiders-sharks.htm
>
> And then there are these stats for the US:
>
> Average Number of Deaths per Year in the U.S
>
> Bee/Wasp 53
> Dogs 31
> Spider 6.5
> Rattlesnake 5.5
> Mountain lion 1
> Shark 1
> Alligator 0.3
> Bear 0.5
> Scorpion 0.5
> Centipede 0.5
> Elephant 0.25
> Wolf 0.1
> Horse 20
> Bull 3
>
> Link here:
> http://historylist.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/human-deaths-in-the-us-caused-by-animals/
>
>
> So in fact you're more likely to be killed by a spider in the US than
> in Australia! You _sure_ you don't want to take precautions while out
> hiking?
>
> Jacki in Canberra - actually a bit surprised
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