Q: What is more likely to kill you?
You might have guessed the correct answer: a deer.
But do you have any idea how much greater is the risk?
That's a bit harder, isn't it?
I won't keep you in the dark. You are 300 times more likely to get killed by a deer smashing into your car than by a shark.
300 times, that's quite a lot!
Well, I can think of some reasons people think the risk of a shark attack is higher:
Did you know 'shark' is actually a Mayan word? It comes from xook meaning 'tiburon' or 'shark'. One of the first known kings of Tikal was called Yax Ehb' Xook, the first ? shark.
So when someone gets wounded or killed by a shark it immediately becomes headline news. This is the kind of news that sells newspapers and magazines because it thrives on emotion.
But what if it isn't true?
According to my stats people keep looking for information on the recent "shark attack in Cancun". This was almost two months ago, wasn't even true but the "news" has travelled the world like a virus (wish that would happen to my website!).
If you want to know what really happened, read my comment here.
Meanwhile, better avoid dark roads!