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The Top Contender for How You'll Likely Die

The Top Contender for How You'll Likely Die

The BrainStuff team lined up all the grave statistics on how you're likely to die. Learn more about your own mortality at HowStuffWorks Now.

Author's Note: 10 Worst Ways to Die

While most of us enjoy spending our time on hobbies and relaxing with loved ones, others must find a kind of satisfaction in posting on message boards about grisly deaths. At least, that's the only thing that can be surmised from my research on the worst ways to die. Although helpful for me professionally, I can't deny that reading through pages of real and imagined death scenarios was also oppressively depressing. Next time you're considering regaling fellow commenters with a particularly dark story, consider a jog, or knitting -- even just a good stare at a blank wall -- instead.

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