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