Dying a thousand deaths

This phrase is of course metaphorical: each of us dies a single death, and the odds of so doing are 100 percent.

Unless, of course, we have a thing for French-fried potatoes, in which case we have a 200-percent shot:

Headline from The Telegraph: Eating chips doubles your chance of death

Notes Geoffrey K. Pulliam:

That’s right: although your probability of dying is one hundred percent, just like mine, the Telegraph has found a study saying you can double it by eating french fries.

Add this to whatever apocalyptic bushwah the Democrats are putting out about “TrumpCare” and you have to figure that the average American is in line for somewhere around 2.33 deaths (2.42 with ketchup).


  1. fillyjonk »

    26 June 2017 · 2:56 pm

    There does seem to be a cottage industry among journos to hunt through the scientific literature for hints of anything that can be used to try to kill whatever pleasure ordinary folks may take in life.

    (I’m not a big fan of “chips”/fries, but I do love mashed potatoes, which probably are just as terrible for me, at least in some peoples’ minds)

  2. McG »

    26 June 2017 · 3:24 pm

    Reading The Telegraph raises your chances of brain death to near infinity.

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