I’m constantly amazed by all the numbers our government has. Inspired by an example in my stats book (which I finally started! before getting side-tracked…) I decided to look up leading causes of death in the US.

People always lament that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people. And it is, and that’s really sad, but that hardly tells any of the story. Among young people suicide accounts for a lower proportion of deaths, is less likely, and occurs less often in absolute terms than among old people.

agenumber% of deathsrate per 100,000rank
65+not in top 10

Sorry, that was kind of morbid. The next interesting statistics I find will be happier. Promise.

The other interesting thing about the report is that there is an international standard for numbering every possible way to die. Y36 is for “Operations of war and their sequelae.” I hope I don’t get that one.

2 Responses to “Tidbit”

  1. Ben Says:

    I’m also somewhat morbidly amused by the euphemistic nature of Y35, “Legal Intervention”. I can only presume this covers both execution and police shootout fatalities and whatnot.

  2. Tom Says:

    Definitely. I almost used that as my funny example, but sequlae was too good to pass up.

    “don’t make me legally intervene on your ass!” (if I were a cop. which, luckily, i’m not)