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Watch and Learn Which Animal is Most Likely to Kill You This Summer

It’s probably not going to be a shark that gets you.

Nothing says summer entertainment quite like monstrous beasts thirsty for human blood. But no matter what Steven Spielberg, certain ratings-hungry networks, or beachgoers in North Carolina might tell you, sharks really aren’t out to get you. Snails and dogs, though? You might want to keep your eye on them. Find out more about the world’s deadliest animals below.


Despite their sharp teeth and insatiable appetites, shark attacks are incredibly rare. Only 10 people died from shark attacks in 2013.

You aren’t likely to encounter a tsetse fly at your typical suburban barbecue. But in mid-continental Africa, these large biting insects transmit human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, which—if not treated quickly—moves to the central nervous system, altering your personality, speech, and motor skills before it kills you.

Chagas disease is spread by another tiny troublemaker, the bloodsucking triatomine, or “assassin bug.” (Actually, it’s a parasite in the bug’s stomach that causes the problem.) Triatomines mostly live in Latin America, where they spend their days hiding in the walls of adobe, mud, and straw houses; at night, they feed on human faces, which is why triatomines have another nickname: “kissing bugs.” After they feed, triatomines defecate, which is what leads to transmission of the disease.

It’s hard to believe that man’s best friend could be so deadly, but dogs are the primary cause of human rabies deaths. The disease is especially prominent in poor, rural communities where access to vaccines is rare. By the time a human shows early symptoms of rabies, it’s almost always too late for treatment. Rabies has a near-100 percent fatality rate.

Found in soil contaminated with human feces or in uncooked food, Ascaris lumbricoides or roundworms wreak havoc across the globe. Close to 10 percent of the population in the developing world suffers from intestinal worms, most of them caused by Ascaris. These infections lead to approximately 60,000 deaths worldwide, mainly taking the lives of children.

Do you have “snail fever”? For your sake, we hope not. Also known as schistosomiasis, snail fever is caused by snails that have been infected by parasitic worms. Found in contaminated freshwater, the parasite attaches to humans, burns a hole in the skin, then burrows deep inside, occasionally migrating to the brain.

It’s true: Humans are more dangerous than sharks, as well as nearly every other animal on this list. Intentional homicide takes approximately half a million lives a year. Eight out of every 10 homicide victims are men, though the majority of those killed by domestic violence are women.

Who would’ve thought such small insects could cause so much tragedy? This pest spreads malaria at an alarming rate around the world, and for those infected, the outlook isn’t good. Out of 200 million malaria cases last year, 725,000 resulted in death.

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The healthcare systems in the United States and the United Kingdom couldn't be more different.

The UK's National Health Service is the largest government-run healthcare system in the world and the US's is largest private sector system.

Almost all essential health services in the UK are free, whereas in America cost can vary wildly based on insurance, co pays and what the hospitals and physicians choose to charge.

A medical bill in the US

One of the largest differences is cost. The average person in the UK spends £2,989 ($3915) per year on healthcare (most of which is collected through taxes), whereas the average American spends around $10,739 a year.

So Americans should obviously be getting better care, right? Well, the average life expectancy in the UK is higher and infant mortality rate is lower than that in the US.

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Plus, in the U.S., only 84% of people are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Sixteen percent of the population are forced to pay out of pocket.

In the UK, everyone is covered unless they are visiting the country or an undocumented resident.

Prescription drugs can cost Americans an arm and a leg, but in the UK, prescriptions or either free or capped at £8.60 ($11.27).

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The one drawback to the NHS system is responsiveness. In the UK people tend to wait longer for inessential surgeries, doctor's appointments, and in emergency rooms. Whereas, the US is ranked as the most responsive country in the world.

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The New York Times printed a fair evaluation of the UK's system:

The service is known for its simplicity: It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill. … No one needs to delay medical treatment until he or she can afford it, and virtually everyone is covered. …

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent 17.2 percent of its economic output on health care in 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in Britain. Yet Britain has a higher life expectancy at birth and lower infant mortality.

Citizens in each country have an interesting perspective on each other's healthcare systems. UK citizens think it's inhumane for Americans have to pay through the nose when they're sick or injured. While Americans are skeptical of socialist medicine.

A reporter from Politics Joe hit the streets of London and asked everyday people what they think Americans pay for healthcare and they were completely shocked.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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This August, the world watched as the Amazon burned. There were 30,901 individual fires that lapped at the largest rainforest in the world. While fires can occur in the dry season due to natural factors, like lightning strikes, it is believed that the widespread fires were started by loggers and farmers to clear land. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, cites a different cause: the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio wasn't accused of hanging out in the rainforest with a box of matches, however President Bolsonaro did accuse the actor of funding nonprofit organizations that allegedly set fires to raise donations.

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