Odds Of Dying

The more specific figures are based on 2001, the most recent year for which complete data are available. Other odds, indicated with an asterisk (*) are based on long-term data. Keep this in mind the next time you are shopping around for whole life insurance.

All figures below are for U.S. residents.
Cause of Death Lifetime Odds

Heart Disease 1-in-5

Cancer 1-in-7

Stroke 1-in-23

Accidental Injury 1-in-36

Motor Vehicle Accident* 1-in-100

Intentional Self-harm (suicide) 1-in-121

Falling Down 1-in-246

Assault by Firearm 1-in-325

Fire or Smoke 1-in-1,116

Natural Forces (heat, cold, storms, quakes, etc.) 1-in-3,357

Electrocution* 1-in-5,000

Drowning 1-in-8,942

Air Travel Accident* 1-in-20,000

Flood* (included also in Natural Forces above) 1-in-30,000

Legal Execution 1-in-58,618

Tornado* (included also in Natural Forces above) 1-in-60,000

Lightning Strike (included also in Natural Forces above) 1-in-83,930

Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting* 1-in-100,000

Earthquake (included also in Natural Forces above) 1-in-131,890

Dog Attack 1-in-147,717

Asteroid Impact* 1-in-200,000**

Tsunami* 1-in-500,000

Fireworks Discharge 1-in-615,488

** Perhaps 1-in-500,000

SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics, CDC; American Cancer Society; National Safety Council; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; World Health Organization; USGS; Clark Chapman, SwRI; David Morrison, NASA; Michael Paine, Planetary Society Australian Volunteers, LiveScience

I Miss My GPS

I used to have a Magellan GPS that I used for Geocaching. The wife and I absolutely loved going Geocaching. We used to make a weekend out of it. Then came the time when we lost our handheld GPS.

Were not sure if we left it at a Geocache, or if someone swiped it out of the car. My name, address, and phone number was on the startup screen, but if it was stolen, I guess that doesn’t do much good. A thief is a thief. That has put an end to our Geocaching. We haven’t splurged and bought a new GPS yet.

I have been slowly and methodically putting together my Christmas list that I will have to turn in to my wife soon. I found a few nice GPS that I am fond of. I am still debating on whether or not I want another Magellan, or if I would like to try out one of the Garmin units. Both manufacturers seem to have their own die-hard fanboys, a lot like the video game industry does.

I would also like to have a navigation unit for the car, but maybe I shouldn’t press my luck too much…. 🙂


An Amazing Video Game Collection

I found a web site this morning that was created by a guy who is selling his video game collection. After looking at some these pictures, I was amazed at just how extensive his collection is. He currently has everything up for auction on Ebay, and when I checked the bid this morning, it is sitting pretty at $9,000. Couple this with some home theater chairs and you may never see daylight again…

I bet he never imagined that one day it would turn into this. Click the photo to be taken to his website.


After decades of painstakingly collecting video games and consoles, I’ve finally decided to part with my entire collection. From Atari to PlayStation 2, there’s something for everybody in this collection. Even the unbelievably rare games are included. You may have played NiGHTS on the Sega Saturn, but did you know that they made an extremely rare Christmas version? You’ll find that in this collection, along with a rare NiGHTS analog controller. Many people are familiar with the Nintendo DS, but did you know that the Neo Geo Pocket was a handheld game system that was released half a decade earlier? You’ll find the Neo Geo Pocket Color in this collection too. Sure, you’ve probably played DVD-based games such as Scene-It, but the Nuon system preceded it by over 7 years and only released 8 games. This collection has 7 of the 8, including Iron Soldier 3, a game which was later recalled. Place your bid now to own your share of video game history.

The following systems are represented in this auction: Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx, Coleco ColecoVision, Coleco Gemini, Coleco Telstar, Commodore 64/128, GCE Vectrex, Mattel Aquarius, Mattel Intellivision, Mattel Odyssey 2, Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft Xbox 360, Miscellaneous APF TV Fun, Miscellaneous Handheld Games, Miscellaneous PC Games, Miscellaneous SC Eight Thousand, Miscellaneous Sega Pods, Miscellaneous TV Games, NEC Turbo Duo, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Nintendo 64, Nintendo Super NES, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn, SNK Neo Geo, SNK Neo Geo Pocket, Sony Playstation, Sony Playstation 2, Texas Instruments TI 99/4A, VM Labs Nuon.

There are 1,768 items with an estimated value of $14,639.00. Rarity has been checked based on online rarity guides, including the DigitPress rarity guides. Rare (R), Extremely Rare (ER), and Unbelievably Rare (UR) display as colored rows in the table below. The estimated values are based on the rarity guides as well as recent eBay Completed Listings. The Reserve and Buy It Now are set well below the estimated value. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build your video game collection… or maybe it’s time to rebuild your collection… either way, there are some great items in this collection. Store purchasers are also welcome.