Did You Know?
Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks.
"Vending machines kill, sharks don't," according to a July 4, 2003, Reuters headline. The article quoted an L.A. lifeguard who asserted that despite a ubiquitous fear of shark attacks in the United States, "more people are killed in the United States each year by vending machines" — which smacks of an urban legend, but probably isn't. This statistic is repeated again and again in lists of things more likely to kill you than a shark.
It appears that, indeed, vending machines kill four to six times more people in the United States than sharks do each year. Between two and four people die each year due to vending machine accidents compared with less than one being killed by a shark.
Not only are vending machines more deadly, there are over 1,700 reported injuries from vending machines each year but fewer than 25 shark attacks per year in the United States.