A Mr. George 'Stumpy' Calhoun from Key Largo Florida asks...
"Dear Mr. Knowitall, Please help settle an argument between me and my friend 'Lefty'. I say that Sharks kill and injure the most people in America every year. He claims that Bears do! We are counting on you to help settle a bet...A dinner at The Old Country Buffet is resting on YOU! Can you help us out"?
Dear Stumpy, of course I can! But you may not like the results...
For most people, few things evoke more fear than suddenly seeing yourself surrounded by a bunch of circling Shark Fins, or hiking along a trail and encountering an angry bear rearing up on it's hind legs. But in actuality, these occurances are very rare, but they make for great movie excitement and media hype. If the truth be known, there are only about 10 Shark attacks a year in the U.S., and even less Bear attacks!
By contrast you are TEN TIMES more likely to be trampled or maimed by ole Bossy or Elsie the Cow. More than 100 people a year are accidently killed by these Bovine Beauties. And the biggest animal killer of them all?...BAMBI!!!!!!
Each year deer running out in front of you on the highway, kills more people than Snakes, Gators, Bears, Sharks, and Spiders...COMBINED!
So I'm sorry that you aren't going to enjoy The Buffet on Lefty, but chances are there is a fresh road kill deer on a highway very near to you right as we speak.
Thanks Stumpy, good question!
Mr. Knowitall grows weary, I bid you adieu.