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The 30 Deadliest Things In the World

Farts! Dentists! Armpits! And all the other stuff that can kill you to death!

1. The Deadliest Bullet: 9 mm Jacketed Hollow Point
There are bigger bullets. There are faster bullets. But if you live in America and you tangle with Army law enforcement, there’s a good chance that this is the bullet that will kill you. Designed to expand inside the victim’s body to cause more tissue damage, they’re said to reduce the chance of bullets passing through the intended targets and into nearby civilians. But why specifically mention America? Well, these babies are banned in international warfare under the Hague convention, but U.S. Army law enforcement pack them on home territory. So while it’s still illegal to shoot an overseas terrorist with these, if you’re dumb enough to break into a military installation on U.S. soil, you’ll probably experience a hollow point firsthand. Nice knowing you!

2. The Deadliest State for Crossing a Bridge: Pennsylvania
Did you know that one out of every nine bridges in America is structurally deficient? And that 24.5 percent of all those “Is it supposed to wobble like that?” structures can be found in Pennsylvania? Now you do, and you’ll never feel safe crossing a river there again.
 
3. The Deadliest Asshole: The Bombardier Beetle
Screw silent but deadly—the bombardier beetle is loud and proud, firing a scorching mixture of superheated acids from its rear end with a loud popping sound when threatened. It’s not one for surprise cuddles is what we’re saying here.
 
4. The Deadliest Airline: China Airlines
Their eight aircraft losses and 755 deaths in the past three decades might make you want to consider a cruise instead.
 
5. The Deadliest Road Trip: The Yungas Road, Bolivia
The Yungas Road is more commonly known as the Road of Death, because (a) it is pants-shittingly lethal, and (b) people in Bolivia are awesome at naming stuff. It’s re­sponsible for around 200 deaths a year, which doesn’t sound like many until you realize it’s only 40 miles long and used by a handful of vehicles per day. There are 3,000-foot sheer drops off the side of this guardrail-free single-lane mountain nightmare, but don’t worry—at least you won’t be able to see them with all the rain and fog.
 
6. The Deadliest Armpits: The Slow Loris


When Borneo’s slow loris gets nervous, it shoves its fingers into its armpits. Aw! But these pits release venom, which the beast rubs on its teeth before biting you.
 
7. The Deadliest Man to Be Trapped in an Elevator With: Mr. Methane
This is “performing flatulist” Mr. Methane, and he has such superhuman control of his gas that he can fart “The Blue Danube Waltz” at will. You have been warned.
 
8. The Deadliest Dentist: Glennon Engleman
This demented driller killed seven people over three dec­ades, all for cash. One victim was bludgeoned, pushed down a well, then blown up with dynamite, which would indicate that Engleman went to the Wile E. Coyote school of assassination.
 
9. The Deadliest Ground Attack Plane: A-10 Thunderbolt II
She may be getting on in years, but the plane more commonly known as the Warthog (or even more commonly as “Ooh, Fuck”) is still the U.S. military’s favorite ground-support aircraft. Boasting a 30 mm Gatling gun capable of firing 4,100 rounds per minute and carrying up to 16,000 pounds of assorted deadly smart bombs and missiles (including 2.75-inch rockets and AIM-9 Sidewinder and AGM-65 Maverick missiles), she’s not beautiful, but, by God, she knows how to wreck a bad guy’s day.
 
10. The Deadliest Sniper: Navy SEAL Chief Chris Kyle
Before his tragic death this year, Chris Kyle was America’s deadliest sniper, recording more than 160 kills (with around 100 more claimed). He also—allegedly—once punched Jesse “the Body” Ventura in the face. In short: This man was a certified badass.
 
11. The Deadliest Song: “My Way”
Filipinos really like karaoke. And they love Ol’ Blue Eyes’ classic so much that at least six people have been murdered for screwing it up, leading the press to refer to the incidents as the “‘My Way’ Killings.”
 
12. The Deadliest Fishing Hole: Lake Karachay, Russia
You don’t need to worry about wildlife in this lake—or any life at all, for that matter. Used as a toxic dumping ground for Soviet nuclear weapons since the '50s, this irradiated waste­land, the most lethally polluted place on the planet, can kill a person standing on its shore inside an hour.
 
13. The Deadliest Part of a Monkey: The Brain
Did you know you can catch a version of the terrifying and lethal variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (better known as mad cow disease) from eating monkey brains? So stop it!
 
14. The Deadliest Place for a City Break: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Regarded as the most dangerous city in the world, and for good reason: Its rate of 169 homicides per 100,000 residents means you’re more likely to die of a nasty case of being murdered here than almost anything else. 


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