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Arguing by the numbers
Wikipedia: “Although humans are not regular prey for it, the tiger has killed more people than any other cat. Between 1800 and 1900, it is estimated that tigers had killed over 300,000 people in India alone”
Actually, about 300,000 people live in the Sundarban area of Bangladesh, where Royal Bengal tigers are found
Tigers are responsible for about 10 deaths a year. (Reuters, Jan 23, 2008, reported by Enamul Haque)
Valmik Thapar, a leading expert on tigers in India, put deaths due to tiger attacks at about 80 people annually. (The Statesman, New Delhi, July 16, 2001)Are the numbers accurate?
A study conducted by the dean of admission for Harvard University concluded that Harvard students who took prep courses scored lower than students who didn’t take prep courses. The study concluded “the coaching industry is playing on parental anxiety.”
Total school-related violent deaths, August 1, 2005, July 31, 2006:
Shooting: 15Suicides: 1 Murder-Suicide: 4
Total = 27
Compared to drownings and car crashes
In 2003, 782 children ages 0 to 14 years died from drowning (CDC 2005).
In the United States during 2004, 1,638 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashesKeep the numbers in perspective