In general, people are very bad at assessing risks. There are people spending extra money buying non-GMO organic locally grown lettuce and think nothing of driving over the speed limit or letting their car maintenance lapse.
In the year following the 9-11 WTC attack, people opted to drive as opposed to flying and there was a resultant spike in traffic fatalities. We currently worry about terrorist attacks but more people die in their bathtub than die in terrorist attacks (here in the US).
People rail against guns, but for people between the ages of 1 and 44, the number one cause of death is accidents. By my definition, accidents are preventable . . . but you don’t see big demonstrations to abolish accidents.
And it’s not only deaths . . . permanent injuries are another result of accidents. Lives are drastically changed because of accidents. But, we think nothing of driving and texting, speeding, crossing the street while distracted, and so on.
Here’s a statistic from a few years ago:
In 2012, the most common accident leading to death both among men and women was stumbling or falling. Stumbling was the cause of death for every second accident mortality and 1,156 persons died from stumbling. Stumbling accidents have increased in absolute numbers by 40 percent in the past 20 years.
Think about that next time you want to rail against GMOs or worry that fluoride is a danger to your health.
And now, the photo:
I sure wouldn’t want to mee these guys in a dark or even well-lit alley, I tell you what.
The English language is a dynamic thing and there’s often the opportunity to apply new meaning to old words and even to make up words.
Personally, I like making up words.
There is something to be said for using a word with a specific definition when communicating ideas or information. Accuracy is the prerequisite to good communication; we need to understand each other if we are to exchange ideas.
That said, there are occasions when words with the desired meaning don’t exist and we must rely on multiple words or longer sentences to express ideas.
I just don’t see why I can’t make up a word where one doesn’t exist. I mean, new words are added to the dictionary each and every year. Who makes them up? Who gave them the authority and if they have it, why can’t I do it as well?
Truthfully, I do it all the time and no one has ever castigated me . . . not that it would do any good if they did.
Anyway, let me wrap this up by offering up a . . . Night Vision Image of Gecko Family Party.
And . . . that’s it
Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.
You can read about Project 313 HERE.
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