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Careful: Stapling Paper Is Haxardous to your Health!

Sometimes statistical facts arise that are hard to believe. Thus, while sharing some fascinating facts with you, I will "spoil" the experience with a follow-up mathematical task.


For a diverse range of activities, the following are the number of U.S. injuries per year:

  • Brushing your teeth or gargling (3,925)
  • Reading (11,243)
  • Barbecuing (15,952)
  • Stapling paper (15,974)
  • Bowling (17,916)
  • Riding a stationary bike (43,117)
  • Bicycling (534,883)
  • Driving (2,788,000)

Wow....how do you injure yourself while reading...and almost 16000 people injure themselves using a stapler?

No wonder people have trouble learning mathematics! And, my wandering mind wonders: do more people injure themselves using a calculator that those who used to use slide rules?

Source: AARP, July/August 2006, p. 74