"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:23 AM
A Swiss study has revealed that you are 14% more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day.
Results extracted from a vast amount of data concluded that there were 13. 8 percent more deaths on birthdays when compared with any other day of the year. The risk increased with age, with the figure rising to 18 percent in people aged over 60.
Skeptic Chicken, on 11 June 2012 - 11:15 AM, said:
I'm going to put my money on the cause of death being Partying.
That was my thought as well. Many people go out drinking or attend drinking parties on their birthday. I used to. Alcohol consumption greatly increases the likelyhood of car wrecks, fights, suicide, household accidents, etc.
Authors of the study said stress played a significant part in birthday deaths, attributing fatalities to an "anniversary reaction" more commonly understood as the "birthday blues."
I personally knew two people who committed suicide on their birthdays. I supposed they thought it a significant date suitable for a significant act.
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. Liz Taylor
Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:25 PM
Well, not to sound like I disagree with the Swiss study, but I'm thinking and it seems that I only know, personally, of one person in my entire life that died on their birthday. I've known a number who died around the time of their birthday, like within a month or so.
Also, as sort of a hobby, I've done a lot of walking in old graveyards and cemeteries in my day and I can only remember a couple times seeing a date of birth and date of death on the same day. Years were different obviously, so I question the validity of the study in that it doesn't seem to jive with my life's observations.