What are the haps my friends

July 9th, 2009: Shortly after this comic went up, Greg sent me a link to The Odds Of Dying From..., which is very handy if you're an American and you want to know the lifetime odds of dying from, say, a "foreign body entering through skin or natural orifice", which are (just?) 1 in 103,004.

As Greg points out, the current odds of dying from being "bitten or crushed by non-venemous snakes and lizards" are at 0! The lesson here is clear, you guys: FEEL FREE TO ANNOY ALL THE NON-VENEMOUS SANKES AND LIZARDS YOU WANT, THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT

FLASH UPDATE: A few readers pointed me to the WHO International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, which enumerates all sorts of problems you can have, more completely than the selection I linked to above. And it's only a hop skip and a jump from there to just reading this list as Tons Of Ways You Can Die. There's no probabilities, but it includes some fun ones like T63.9 ("Toxic effect of contact with unspecified venomous animal"), W.19 ("Unspecified fall") and V97.3 ("Person on ground injured in air transport accident"), clarified on the site as "Sucked into a jet".



Hey, my new book Romeo and/or Juliet comes out in less than a month! It's my choose-your-own-path version of the Shakespeare play featuring tons of great illustrations. To celebrate - and to also convince you to purchase it! - I've posted the first page, and every day we vote on which option to follow. We're doing a LET'S PLAY ROMEO AND/OR JULIET and you should totally join us!

One year ago today: "by doing some simple pronoun and name substitutions, you can read all about loheta's adventures. in some of them, he's got breasts!"

– Ryan

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