These Diverse Things (Animals, Weather, Sports) Can Certainly Harm You
This was an extremely interesting Modern Marvels episode, one of the better ones I've viewed. Of course, the topic is pretty intense: volcanoes, snake bites, tornadoes and base jumping. As the title indicates, all of these things can be very, very dangerous to one's health.
Volcanoes - The most dangerous volcano in the world today: Mount Vesuvius - did it once, will do it again. The most dangerous in the U.S.A.? The northwest area of Mt. Rainier, where are 13 volcanoes. The problem they will cause: lahars. What's a lahar? It's all the mud that rolls down like a raging river of wet cement.
The most dangerous, years from now: Yellowstone Park. Big-time eruptions.
Snakes - The most dangerous in the U.S.? The diamondback rattlesnake. This programs offers a lot of interesting info on different snakes, their bites and remedies. The country with the highest death rate because of bites: Sri Lanka.
Tornadoes - Why are mobile homes always trashed with tornadoes? No foundations. Worst blitz of these frightening funnels? In 1925, the Tri-State tornado killed 695 people over a 3 1/2 hour rampage. The worst fear - that one will touch down on a sporting event where thousands of spectators don't have time to disperse.
Sports - the most dangerous? (American) football. Many, many concussions but football helmets have come a long way, as we see in this episode. The most extreme sport? Base jumping. People jump from a high spot. There is no time for a reserve chute to open. It's a rush.
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