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A few random comforting thoughts from chapter2 of SuperFreakonomics:

“Many people who in previous generations would have died from heart disease are now living long enough to die from cancer instead.”

If you have to go to the Emergency Room for either shortness of breath, dizziness, or numbness — choose the latter two if you want to increase your odds of survival.

Winning a Nobel Prize seems to increase you life span by a couple of years. [This is my personal plan. I continue to be just one thought away, and I’m s-l-o-w-l-y working on having a sudden brilliant insight in two fields now — thus doubling my previous chances.]

Military death rates from 2002 – 2008, with those wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are lower than during non-war years in the early 1980s. And the total US military deaths over the last 25 years, are about the same as the number of American traffic deaths each year. [Would declaring war on traffic help … and help me win a Nobel Prize???]

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