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Fear & the Media

Perceived Risk

Many times, our fears are heightened by a belief that the objects and situations that scare us are extremely dangerous, or risky.

But if we look at actual risk, the objects of many common fears aren't as threatening as we might think.

Match the causes of death on the left with the odds of dying from that cause in 2003.* If you find a match, the rectangles you selected will get outlined in green. If your guess was incorrect, just start again.

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*These odds have been rounded and reflect 2003 data provided by the National Safety Council.