Be careful on your birthday

12 Apr 2013

I’ve long thought that this would be the case: you are statistically more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year. People do unusual things on their birthdays - drink more alcohol, push their front door open and get a shock from a surprise party, parachute jumps…

Idly browsing the internet, I’ve just discovered that this has been studied, and the results show “the overall death excess on the day of birth was 13.8%”.

Death has a preference for birthdays - Annals of Epidemiology

Be careful on your birthday!

Tags: data, statistics