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I can't get over the idea that several times as many people died by getting tangled in their bedsheets than died from being electrocuted by high-voltage power lines (both as reported by the CDC).

Who knew?

Also, I am not so sure that the correlation between arcade income and the number of computer majors is a false correlation. Think about it. Arcade income comes in large part from video games. Computer majors like video games, and after they graduate, what better work is there for them?

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or put another way

deaths by bedsheet strangulation in 2000 = 327

population was 281,421,906 according to the census

or

odds of being strangled by bedsheet in year 2000 was 1 in 860,617

odds of winning $10,000 in powerball 1 in 698,976

just think, instead of sleeping those folks should have bought a powerball ticket

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or put another way

deaths by bedsheet strangulation in 2000 = 327

population was 281,421,906 according to the census

or

odds of being strangled by bedsheet in year 2000 was 1 in 860,617

odds of winning $10,000 in powerball 1 in 698,976

just think, instead of sleeping those folks should have bought a powerball ticket

Two comments on this:

1. Just to be sure it's understood - that's the chances of buying one powerball ticket and winning $10,000 vs being strangled by the bedsheets during an entire year.

2. But wouldn't that be the ultimate irony? Buy a powerball ticket, win $10,000 and then be strangled by the bedsheets!

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2. But wouldn't that be the ultimate irony? Buy a powerball ticket, win $10,000 and then be strangled by the bedsheets!

That depends. Did you iron-y the sheets?

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I never knew the dangers I faced by watching Nicholas Cage movies in my swimming pool ... or that I would have faced if I had a swimming pool.

do you supposed there are any "helpers" around when these people die by being entangled in bed sheets?

Cool posting. Thanks, Mr. Rigby.

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