Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Zombie holcaust department... Asteroids and airplanes

Interesting facts I came across today ...

The chance of my being hit by lightning is 1 in 500,000 which are odds that seem pretty good, but as most of you know, we lost our last boat to a lightning hit... As it happens a friend of mine has been hit by lightning TWICE! That said, I don't know anybody who is too panicked about the idea of getting hit by lightning.

Now the chance of coming to grief in an act of terrorism on a plane is about 1 in 10,408,947. When you think about it, those are seriously long odds and hardly enough to make you raise an eyebrow much less a sweat.

Now  the asteroid Apophis that I have been following has recently been downgraded to a 1 in 250,000 chance of hitting earth (and if that does not excite you, you might want to consider that a couple of years back they were predicting the chance of a direct hit to earth at 1 in 37...) Seriously scary stuff!

So to recap...
   1. Airplanes are real safe!
   2. Less safe to be outside on a boat in a storm.
   3. Much, much, much more likely to be hit by an 885-foot chunk of rock falling from the sky!

Now if somebody could give me the current Vegas odds on zombie apocalypse, I'd feel a whole lot better!