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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Deadliest Song: “My Way”

Filipinos really like karaoke. 

And they love 


 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.”


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 



, this irradiated waste­

land, the most lethally polluted place on the planet, can kill 

a person standing on its shore inside an hour.


The Deadliest Part of a Monkey: The Brain

Did you know you can catch a version of the terrifying and lethal variant Creutzfeldt-


 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. 



The Deadliest Choice for Hitchhikers: The Nissan 350z

Its 143 deaths per million registered vehicle miles is the highest fatality rate of any car on the road, so those thumbing a ride might want to consider thumbing their noses at this one instead. 


The Deadliest Snake: The Hook-Nosed Sea Snake

The hook-nosed sea snake’s venom is even more powerful than the dreaded taipan’s. Also, the motherfucker is 

really, really ugly. 

17. The Deadliest Accidental Pizza Topping: Destroying Angel Mushroom

As well as being an awesome name for a metal band, the destroying angel has a poison so deadly that half a cap is fatal. There is no antidote.


The Deadliest Gang: Los Zetas

Mexico’s largest, most sophisticated, and most vicious drug cartel was originally formed by, of all things, Mexican commandos, who deserted the army in 1999 and went to work for the Gulf Cartel. They later split to form their own gang, waging a 

war against their rivals that has torn Mexico to pieces. While Los 


 are currently winning—they are believed to have the largest territory in Mexico, as well as footholds in Italy, Guatemala, and several U.S. states—they have achieved that through 

a series of car bombings, beheadings, torture-murders, and massacres.


The Deadliest Serial Killer: Luis “La Bestia”Garavito

This Colombian was convicted of 140 murders but is suspect­ed of close to 300. 



? A whopping 24 years in prison! Getting away with murder, indeed.

20. The Deadliest Sporting Event: The Isle Of Man TT

This lethal motorcycle race 

around the cliff-top roads of the Isle of Man has seen a shocking number of


—240 in just over 100 years. There have been more than 20 deaths since 2000, and that doesn’t even take 

the occasional spectator or race official into account.

21. The Deadliest Bird: The Ostrich

It’s nine feet tall. It can run 40 mph. It has huge talons on its feet that it will use to kick your intestines out through your spine (as it does to sev­eral humans annually). It still looks like a feather duster crossed with an angry French maid, but we would not mess with this mangy critter.


The Deadliest Submarine: The HMS Ambush

Powered by a nuclear reactor that won’t need refueling for 25 years, it’s capable of circling the planet without 

resurfacing once. The British monster is armed with Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 1,200 miles away, so you’d better show baby Prince George some respect!

23. The Deadliest Volcano: The Yellowstone Caldera

The supervolcano underneath Yellowstone isn’t due to blow anytime soon, but think about this: Its first eruption, 2.1 million years ago, was 25,000 times larger than the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.


The Deadliest Action Hero: Dolph Lundgren

Of all the classic action stars, Mr. Ivan Drago himself scores the highest body count, with a recent tally showing 662 kills in the course of 23 movies.

25. The Deadliest Thing That Wants to Crawl Up Your Nose and Eat Your Brain: Naegleria Fowleri

This charming amoeba with a 99 percent fatality rate lives in rivers and lakes—some right here in the good old U.S. of A.—and enjoys swimming into your nostrils to overindulge in the buffet that is your brain.

26. The Deadliest Movie Slasher: Jason Voorhees

With more than 300 on-screen kills, the machete-wielding goalie beats rivals like Freddy Kreuger (only 

42!) knife hands down.

27. The Deadliest Time of Day:11 A.M.

It’s not just the time of day


editor David Swanson goes for poop no. 2—according to scientists, if you’ve survived to old age, it’s the time you’re most likely to croak from natural causes. So make sure you get a good breakfast!


The Deadliest Christmas Gift for Little Timmy: The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

What better toy for a small, inquisitive child than this 1950s masterpiece—an atomic energy lab that came complete with uranium-bearing ore! Because nothing says happy holidays 

like an eight-year-old who glows in the dark.

29. The Deadliest Prison System: Venezuela

With facilities designed to 

hold 14,000 prisoners, but a prison population of more than 45,000, conditions are 


 and diseases run rampant. Even worse? Most of

the prisoners are armed. We bet the food sucks, too.

30. The Deadliest Thing to Let Bite Your Penis: The Brazilian Wandering Spider

Prone to aggressively and repeatedly biting, injecting a vicious neurotoxic 

venom with each nip, this spider is a bastard. But the part that’ll make you cross your legs is the side effect of its venom: If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll give you the most painful erection of your life, one that can last days and potentially leave you impotent. Basically, it’s a spider that ruins boners. Which might well be the single worst thing ever.

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