Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today's Trivia - Coconuts Are More Fatal

I’ve always been under the impression that shark attacks happen quite often. But recently I learned that that’s not true. Shark attacks, apparently, are at the bottom of the list of potential dangers encountered in water recreation.

In fact, a coconut is more likely to prove fatal than a shark because coconuts kill more people every year – about 150 worldwide - than sharks do. The number of fatalities caused by falling coconuts is 15 times higher than the number of fatalities caused by encounters with sharks.

How’s that for a kick in the head? Er... bonk on the head...

It’s true; you really do learn something new every day.

Hey, watch out for those coconuts!


  1. Wow. That's amazing. Who would have thought that? Thanks for the...umm...head's up, Martha!

  2. Ha ha...that's funny, Beth! Imagine being knocked out by a coconut; that's kind of a sad way to go, no?

  3. Hehehe - my best friend was working on a story about people stranded on a tropical island, and looking for ways to kill them off - I kept calling, "Coconut! Coconut!"

  4. Ha ha...ivynettle, that's hilarious. I wasn't really surprised about coconuts having the capability to prove fatal, but it was funny learning about it nonetheless.