There are 50,000 deaths a year in the USA from traffic accidents and 6,000 a year from burns (the second most common accidental cause).
The most common fatal natural disaster is being struck by lightning - 400 deaths a year.
In 2008, the cemetery in the village of Sarpourenx in southwest France became so full that Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish."
His proclamation ended: "Offenders will be severely punished."
A study found the number of people with the surname Balls fell from 2,904 in... MORE
According to a survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006, Bhutan is the... MORE
Around 1500, there were eight crimes for which a person could be hanged in Britain:... MORE
If the entire population of China jumped as high as they could and landed at... MORE
The only natural habitat of the coco de mer tree is on Praslin in the... MORE
Frederick Louis, eldest son of George II, is the only Prince of Wales to have... MORE
The first Disneyland opened in Anaheim a suburb of Los Angeles, California on July 17,... MORE
A jenny is a female donkey; a jack is a male. Donkey itself is an... MORE
According to Harold Hillman's classic report 'The Possible Pain Experienced During Execution by Different Methods'... MORE
The first known instance of a flag being flown at half-mast was on the English... MORE
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE
'Foot-and-Mouth Disease' is an anagram of 'Moo of death is sad tune' and 'Doomed site:... MORE
In 1456, King James II of Scotland decreed that 'futeball and the golfe be utterly... MORE
The last people to be executed by guillotine in Britain were the Marquis of Argyll... MORE
Hairiness, said Aristotle, is a sign of 'abundance of residual matter', which, he went on... MORE
Hanging is the second most common method of capital punishment in the world after shooting.... MORE
The hedgehog was a common symbol on ancient Egyptian amulets. Its hibernation and ability to... MORE
In 1875, road accidents, mostly involving horses, led to the death of 1,589 people in... MORE
Monday is the only day of the week that is an anagram of a single... MORE
Recent research by Rupert Sheldrake has produced evidence that dogs can sense when their owners... MORE
Every 24 hours, some 237,000 people are born and 140,000 die. That is 2.74 births... MORE
A spokesman for Guinness World Records in 2009 announced that House Of The Dead: Overkill... MORE
The area of the Australian State of Queensland is roughly seven times that of the... MORE
According to a paper in the Christmas 1997 issue of the British Medical Journal, characters... MORE
In 1995, the Taiwanese government announced that it would allow people to omit the number... MORE
Police in Poland hunting the killers of a taxman whose dismembered body was found in... MORE
The UK record TV audience was achieved by the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana... MORE
2013 is the first year since 1987 consisting of four different digits.
It is also the... MORE
Towel Day is celebrated by fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, on... MORE
2013 is the 500th anniversary of the discovery and naming of Florida in 1513 by... MORE