Georgia February 19, 2016
10 Terrifying Things In Georgia That Can (And Just Might) Kill You
Ahh, Georgia. Your beauty and impeccable southern charm can be alluring to most. Yet, something tells me you have a dark side. Yes, I can see it perfectly well. There is a dangerous side to you, dear state, that we must discuss. It can’t be just delectable pecan pie and residents smiling to you as you pass on the sidewalk. No, there’s more to this state than we know. Terrifying things are kept within your state lines, that can, and just might, kill us. You know what we’re talking about, Georgia. And it’s time to expose those dangers to all…
1. The Not-So-Romantic Kissing Bug
When you first think of the Kissing Bug, you might initially ooh and aww, but really this bug is quite deadly. These bugs can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease, which can kill you. They are typically found in the southern US, and even had reported cases in Georgia in 2015.
2. An Unexpected Tornado
Although tornadoes in Georgia aren't as frequent as in say, Kansas, there still is a very real threat. According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, there are about 20 tornadoes every year in Georgia, with an average annual death rate of 3.
3. A New Addition to Your Salad
Looking to add some color to your salad? Well, then it probably will be your last. Deadly Nightshade, well, is just that—deadly. Both the foliage and the berries of this plant are extremely toxic. So be careful when perusing through your garden.
4. The Georgia Men's Basketball Away Record
Okay, maybe this won't kill you, but it might just come close. Although the Georgia Men's Basketball team are 14-10 overall, their away record is looking quite dismal at 2-6. If ever they needed their fans, it's now!
5. A Sneaky Spider Waiting in a Corner
The Black Widow, baby. Both the spider AND Iggy Azalea's song being overplayed on the radio can kill you. But the spider more often. They are unusually shy spiders, and hide during the day. It's normally sticking hands in places people can't see that results in a bite.
6. An Unpredictable Snow Storm
Snow storms in Georgia can absolutely be deadly. From icing over the roads, to damaging homes and cars. It can happen out of nowhere and blanket the state in just a few hours.
7. Traffic, Reckless Driving, & Speeding
In 2013 alone, there were 116,458 injuries from road-related accidents, and 1,179 fatalities as reported by Georgia Highway Safety. Even if you are an extremely diligent driver, someone else on the road might not be.
8. Those Untamable Alligators
There are spots littered throughout the southern U.S. about alligator shows, and wrestling with the gators. Sure, some alligators can be tamed, but most? They just might get ya'. Be careful whenever you're in a swamp or marshy area. They tend to not like unwelcomed guests.
9. A Not-So-Subtle Backyard Buddy
The number of snake bites were up in 2015 in Georgia, especially from venomous snakes, according to the Georgia Poison Center. Keep your eyes peeled whenever hiking, or walking along waterways, or even in your backyard.
10. A Renegade Donkey Hijacking Your Car
Some donkeys just don't like to have their picture taken. OK, maybe this one is a stretch, but if a donkey says "no pictures" then he really means business.
So there you have it; 10 things in Georgia that are terrifyingly deadly. Be careful out there fellow Georgians, and keep your eyes peeled for those crazy donkeys.
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