Last month, Katherine — a more than 2,000-pound great white shark — made headlines when she was tracked by researchers, who tagged her off New England’s Cape Cod, to the Gulf Coast and appeared to be headed toward Texas. While beach goers might have had images of the shark that terrorized a fictional summer resort town in the 1975 movie “Jaws,” the chance of being killed by a shark is extremely rare, experts say.

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Jim Casey

People generally have a poor grasp of probability. They obsess about rare risks such as shark and snake bites.

Meanwhile they disregard the much greater threats of smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, overweight, lack of exercise, and the often fatal or debilitating illnesses that result from these controllable factors.

Among the leading causes of accidental death are unintentional drug overdoses, drug interactions, and suicide—but these causes rank well below diseases.

- Jim

George Croix

The leading cause of death
The answer to the GDN provided title to the article is...100%.

Interestingly, the informative article lists heart disease as the greatest risk of death, at 1 in 6. The odds of dying are slightly higher than that in another way, but I'm making the choice to leave it alone today...

Stevie Maradeo

So I have better odds of getting convicted of a capital crime, sentenced to death, and the state executing me than I do for hitting the Texas Two Step or Cash Five?

I guess I need to stop gambling...

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