The Long and Short of It All

An archaeologist was digging in the desert in Israel and came upon a sarcophagus containing a mummy.  After examining it, he called the curator of a prestigious  museum. “I’ve just discovered the 3,000 year-old mummy of a man who died of heart failure!” the excited scientist exclaimed.  The curator replied, “Bring him in. We’ll check it out.”  A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist.  “You were right about the mummy’s age and cause of death. How in the world did you know?”  “That’s easy. There was a piece of paper in his hand that read, ‘10,000 Shekels on Goliath’.” 

Today, we are increasingly able to tell that if Goliath hadn’t died from a massive migraine to what he would have eventually succumbed.  In an article published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers released the results of a study comparing the heights of people and their cause of death.  Their findings?  Taller people are much more likely to die of cancer and shorter people of heart and stroke.  The reasons?  Tall people are less likely to die of heart and stroke because they tend to be leaner (as opposed to shorter people) which generally means better cholesterol scores and lower blood pressure readings.  And short people are less likely to die of cancer (as opposed to taller people) because their vital organs are smaller in size so statistically there is less chance of that one cell in the tissue becoming cancerous.

The bottom line?  As one scientist put it, “Show me the size of your coffin and I’ll tell you what you died from.”
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If you put 100 individuals in a room, the number of people who will die from what ailment is:

● Bacterial Infection (1)
● Kidney Disorder (2)
● Pneumonia/Influenza (3)
● Diabetes Complications (4)
● Alzheimer’s Disease (5)
● Accidental Death (6)
● Lung Failure (7)
● Massive Stroke (8)
● Malignant Cancer (30)
● Heart Attack (34)

Every hour twenty-eight people die in Canada, which works out to 672 a day or 245,000 a year.

Prepare to meet thy God.