8 Weird Everyday Things (That Can Totally Kill You)

  • No matter what you do or where you go, there’s something threatening your life.

Not to be dramatic, but death is always lurking behind the corner. Wherever you are, you’re always at a risk of ending up dead.

And if you happen to kick a bucket, it’s often because of something you never would’ve expected. Your everyday life can be far deadlier than you’d ever imagine.

Here are just some of the perfectly normal activities and things you do and use on a daily basis — and they absolutely can end your life.

1) Flat-Screen TV

Sitting on the couch and watching TV all day is an unhealthy lifestyle, but that’s not what we’re talking about. Your flat-screen TV poses a much more active threat to you — and your family.

The shape of most flat-screen TVs is basically optimized for tipping over. And although they’re lighter than the old-fashioned CRT TVs, they still have enough heft to them to cause damage.

Case in point, one study found that 17,000 children went to the ER between 1990 and 2011 because a flat-screen TV fell on them. If you want to make your TV safer, consider getting a wall mount.

2) Toothpaste

Toothpaste protects your teeth, but not the rest of your body. After all, there are all those warnings on the tube for a reason.

Ingesting too much toothpaste (particularly one with fluoride in it) can lead to a whole slew of dangerous symptoms, collectively known as toothpaste overdose. Among other things, you (or your child) could experience convulsions, intestinal blockage, shock, breathing issues, or a heart attack.

We couldn’t find any statistics on how many people die from toothpaste overdose annually. Probably not many, but the risk is not zero.

3) Wearing a Scarf

Are you familiar with the Isadora Duncan Syndrome? It’s not a disease — it’s a nickname for when your scarf gets caught in moving machinery and kills you.

The name comes from dancer Isadora Duncan. In 1927, her long scarf got caught in her car’s wheels and strangled her to death.

There aren’t any statistics on how many people scarves kill, but we do know that if your scarf gets in something, it’s serious. Such events have a death rate of 45%.

4) Cleaning the Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is a bothersome chore, but it just has to be done. But when you do, you have to be careful.

Plenty of common bathroom cleaners contain bleach. Other common cleaning products, on the other hand, can contain other chemicals like ammonia.

If you happen to mix bleach and ammonia, you’ll create toxic fumes that could suffocate you. Bleach leads the list of deadly household chemicals.

5) Window Blinds

Do you have those old-fashioned blinds on your windows? You know, the ones with the drawstring? If you do, you might want to get those changed ASAP.

One study found that, on average, one child a month gets strangled to death by window blind strings. And that’s just based on the data sets the researchers looked at.

You can probably add a few curious pets to the list of fatalities as well. The bottom line is that window blinds with drawstrings are deadly.

6) Wearing a Helmet

It seems counterintuitive that a helmet would kill you. It’s meant to keep your head safe, isn’t it?

Yes, but any type of helmet protects you only against certain types of impacts. Wearing the wrong helmet at the wrong time can actually result in much worse injuries.

Now, we’re not saying you shouldn’t wear helmets during sports — you absolutely need to. Just pick the right helmet, alright?

7) Bed

Did you think you were safe in your bed? Dream on.

According to a CDC study, 737 people die every year by falling from their beds. It’s not a long fall, but if you hit the ground right, you could easily snap your neck.

In fact, more people die from bed-related accidents in the U.S. than from terrorism or plane crashes. Sleep tight tonight!

8) Your House

Fine — every imaginable object and piece of furniture is dangerous! So, you chuck them all out and lay down in the middle of a completely empty room. Now, you can finally relax.

But you’re still inside your house, right? We’re not sure how to tell you this, but even your house is conspiring against you.

You see, there’s radon everywhere — in the air, in the water, in the soil… Radon is radioactive, but it’s usually harmless.

However, the air pressure inside buildings is lower than outside, which can cause radon gas to concentrate in your home. Concentrated radon can lead to a whole bunch of health issues, like lung cancer.

In conclusion, we’re all doomed, no matter what we do or where.