Massachusetts January 19, 2016
12 Terrifying Things In Massachusetts That Can (And Just Might) Kill You
Ever wonder how you’re going to kick the proverbial bucket? It’s not all chowder and Superbowl wins here in Massachusetts. There are some pretty weird and rather terrifying dangers lurking here in the Bay State. Check out some of the ways that you might meet your end in Massachusetts.
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1. Tornadoes. No, really. In 2011, Massachusetts saw a rash of tornadoes that killed 3 and injured more than 200 people. That shot above was taken in SPRINGFIELD. Isn't that insane?
2. Driving in Boston. If the confusing street layout and road-rage ridden drivers don't get you, the baffling signage might just send you careening into the Charles River.
3. Mosquitos. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can be lethal and requires a lengthy recovery. Massachusetts is home to mosquitos carrying the virus, so use plenty of bug spray and avoid wandering around stagnant water where the bugs love to congregate.
4. Killed by a falling icicle.
The winters in Massachusetts are nothing to sneeze at. An icicle falling a long distance (say, one detaching from an upper story of a tall building) can reach speeds of up to 90 mph. At that velocity, a half-pound icicle that is only 3 inches in diameter can land with a 1,000-pound force. That's definitely enough to seriously injure or kill a pedestrian down below.
5. In fact, the winter weather in general is pretty hazardous.
In Massachusetts, people die as a result of snowfall and icy conditions every single year. Check in on your elderly neighbors, keep your driveway ice-free, and watch how many marshmallows you put in that hot chocolate. Wouldn't want to choke.
6. Copperheads and Timber Rattlesnakes
Massachusetts is home to only two venomous snakes. Though they carry potentially lethal venom, the copperhead and timber rattlesnake are endangered creatures and can be found in only a few scattered areas across the state. These snakes are actually protected by law and very reclusive, so your chances of being killed by one are pretty slim. In fact, only ONE person has ever died of snakebite in Massachusetts, and that was more than 200 years ago.
Tragically, Massachusetts and especially Cape Cod have an increasingly serious heroin problem. HBO recently released a documentary entitled "Heroin: Cape Cod, USA" that has brought wider attention to the terrifying trend of heroin overdose deaths in the state.
8. Deer ticks
Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks native to many regions of Massachusetts. Symptoms may be preceded by a "bullseye" shaped rash and can include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations. This disease can be fatal and is often misdiagnosed. Make sure to check yourself for ticks and wear light-colored clothing if you're planning a walk in the woods.
9. Hit by a stray baseball at Fenway Park. I'm sure this would be an ideal way to depart this earth for a few die-hard Red Sox fans. Seriously though. A good knock to the head with one of those baseballs could definitely cut your life short.
10. Your own heart. Keep that ticker healthy, because heart disease is the #1 cause of death in Massachusetts.
11. Black Widows. Yup, we have them here in Massachusetts. Yup, they're terrifying and lethal.
12. The long wait at Dunkin Donuts in the morning. Who hasn't died a little when they walk into Dunk's on their way to work and see the entire population of their town jammed into the space between the door and the register?
What do you think is the biggest danger in Massachusetts?