Via the excellent RISKS list, a great example of how we misjudge dangers: more people have died from falling in sand holes than shark attacks:

More than two dozen young people have been killed over the last decade when sand holes collapsed on them, report father-and-son doctors who have made warning of the risk their personal campaign.

Since 1985, at least 20 children and young adults in the United States have died in beach or backyard sand submersions. And at least eight others died in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, according to a letter from the doctors published in this week’s issue of The New England Journal of Medicine….

[T]here were 16 sand hole or tunnel deaths in the United States from 1990 to 2006 compared with 12 fatal shark attacks for the same period, according to University of Florida statistics.

Basically, it sounds like any sand hole deeper than your waist is a problem. Some people die when the sides cave in and bury them– which can happen really quickly– while others just fall in break their necks. Yuck.

[To the tune of Sound Tribe Sector 9, “What is Love?,” from the album “2004-12-31 – Tabernacle“.]

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