Death by Water: Would you survive?
A love of water can be deadly. Swimming, boating and even drinking the stuff could lead to your final breath. Thankfully, though, many aquatic deaths are under unusual circumstances. See how well you tread water, next.
Question 1 of 20
Water intoxication is caused by mixing caffeinated water with alcohol.
... Regular water in mass quantities can lead to water intoxication, a potentially fatal swelling of the brain.
Question 2 of 20
Killer whales kill animals, not people.
... They may be named killers for their reputation in the wild among other sea life, but they kill humans too. A SeaWorld Florida trainer was killed by one of her own orca whale students in 2010.
Question 3 of 20
"The Simpsons" cartoon series once envisioned a world where dolphins take over and annihilate human life as we know it.
... The friendly, smiling and animated dolphins emerged from the sea and brutally took out large swaths of the population after winning them over with their cuteness.
Question 4 of 20
Pirate attacks on ocean goers have decreased rapidly after a number of high-profile hijackings made the international news.
... Unfortunately, piracy continues to increase in frequency and sometimes brutality.
Question 5 of 20
Popular and daring TV personality, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, was killed by an eel while filming an underwater segment.
... In an extremely rare accident, Irwin died after being pierced by the tail of a stingray.
Question 6 of 20
In 2009, a woman was sentenced to four years in prison for forcing her husband to swim.
... It was a little more complicated than just making him exercise. Chris Mason's 73-year-old husband died after she forced him to stay in their apartment complex pool doing laps even though she allegedly knew that he had a life-threatening heart condition.
Question 7 of 20
There is a 50 to 60 percent chance that if you die in a flood, you will be in your car.
... Most people who die in floods are carried away in their vehicles; sometimes in as little as a few feet of water.
Question 8 of 20
Hurricanes cause the most water-related deaths.
... Keep reading to find out what does.
Question 9 of 20
Tornadoes cause the most water related deaths.
... There is a more deadly water-related disaster.
Question 10 of 20
Flooding causes the most water-related disaster fatalities.
... According to the National Weather Service in the U.S., flooding is the No. 1 cause of all hazard-related deaths.
Question 11 of 20
Triathletes have to present a certificate of health before competing in the swimming portion of the race.
... The swimming portion of triathlons has led to the most fatalities, but health certification is not required for participants.
Question 12 of 20
Swimmers who lose their lives in the swim section of triathlons are poorly conditioned.
... A majority of those who die during the swim leg are in excellent condition but have undiagnosed heart defects or ailments.
Question 13 of 20
A California radio station was ordered to pay more than $16 million for allowing a contest participant to drink too much water.
... In 2007, the station sponsored a contest to see who could drink the most water before needing to urinate, and one young woman later died from water intoxication.
Question 14 of 20
Universal Studios once had a JAWS exhibit but it was closed because of the public outcry that it glorified sharks.
... JAWS was a long-running attraction at Universal Studios Orlando, Fla., that tied into the phenomenon of the JAWS movies from 1975 onward. Its closing in 2011 was reportedly to make room for new exhibits.
Question 15 of 20
It was predicted that Hurricane Irene would pummel New York City, but it hit Boston instead.
... Hurricane Irene brought destruction in varying degrees up and down the Eastern seaboard, but New York City and Boston were relatively unscathed.
Question 16 of 20
Walruses live in water but often drown by falling asleep in it.
... They have built-in sacks in their neck area that fill with air, making them buoyant while they sleep.
Question 17 of 20
Drinking too much water after running a marathon is safe because so much water is lost through sweating during the race.
... Water intoxication has been more widely known among marathon runners because of its link to fatalities in athletes who consume large amounts of water after finishing a race.
Question 18 of 20
You can drown in a teaspoon of water.
... It isn't likely to happen -- if it happens at all -- but theories of how it can and does happen abound on the Internet.
Question 19 of 20
Drinking saltwater from the ocean will make you sick, but it is a myth that it will kill you.
... It will kill you due to high -- extraordinarily high -- salt levels that, among other components and minerals, will lead to dehydration and death.
Question 20 of 20
"Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink" refers to seeing water in the desert, or mirages that aren’t really there.
... It's a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" about being surrounded by ocean water but not able to drink it because it's salt water.
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