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Odds 'R
     

Odds 'R

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by Roger Schlaifer
 
An amusing and quirky compendium of everything you've ever wondered about, worried about, or wished you knew...

Odds 'R has picked some of the best brains around to deliver the most fascinating and factual odds-based Q&A on life, love, sex, sports, death, and much, much more, sure to challenge and amuse even the most devoted trivia buff.

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An amusing and quirky compendium of everything you've ever wondered about, worried about, or wished you knew...

Odds 'R has picked some of the best brains around to deliver the most fascinating and factual odds-based Q&A on life, love, sex, sports, death, and much, much more, sure to challenge and amuse even the most devoted trivia buff.

Wait! Who ordered the stake?

If you had been arrested for witchcraft during the infamous Salem witch hunt and trials of 1692, what would have been your odds of being executed?

A) 1 to 3
B) 1 to 6
C) Zero--they all got away on their brooms.

Granny Gets it On--

What are the odds that an American woman over the age of 75 has a sexual partner?

A) 1 in 3
B) 1 in 5
C) 1 in 10
Going down?

In Dante's Inferno, if you are in the ninth and lowest circle of Hell, odds are that it's because you committed which crime?

A) Blasphemy
B) Treason
C) Being unbaptized

Discover the answers to these and the many more intriguing questions inside. Whether you're already a fan of the Odds 'R game or just have an endless appetite for zany stats, facts, and fascinating information, odds are you'll love Odds 'R.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553383461
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/25/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Odds 'R


By Roger L. Schlaifer

Random House

Roger L. Schlaifer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0553383469


Chapter One

Life or Death

1

"
It's not that I'm afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens!"
-- WOODY ALLEN --

What are your odds of surviving a barrel ride over Niagara or a routine surgical procedure? Are you more likely to survive a run-in with a deer or the running of the bulls in Pamplona? Will your suicidal friend leave a note?

Whether you're 18 or 80 we've got the numbers--and the odds of living or dying in predicaments from the mundane to the monstrous.

QUESTIONS

1. Scalpel, Forceps...Embalming Fluid--
You're most likely to die from which of the following surgeries?

A) Liposuction
B) Hernia
C) Hip Replacement

2. Buried Assets--
You'll most likely pay which of the following for the average funeral in the U.S.?

A)
$6,500
B) $9,500
C) $12,500

3. Bagged by Your Dry Cleaner--
Your lifetime chance of being suffocated by a plastic laundry bag is which of the following?

A) 1 in 3,000
B) 1 in 13,000
C) 1 in 130,000


A N S W E R S

1. C) Hip Replacement
Of the 120,000 hip replacements performed annually, about 400 patients die from complications within three months of the surgery--most often because of the advanced age of the patient. Liposuction sucks the fat--and the life--out of about 80 people annually. And hernia surgery, though a pain in the groin, is responsible for only an estimated 40 deaths out of the 800,000 procedures done annually.
Source: CDC 2004

2. A) $6,500
You can't take it with you, so leave a healthy chunk close at hand. The average funeral costs about $6,500. Switch from a wood casket to copper and you're up to $10K; bronze runs twice as much. And for those who insist on having the last laugh, a German company now manufactures "wacky coffins" shaped like everything from Mercedeses and tuxedos to--onions!
Source: NFDA 2004

3. C) 1 in 130,000
There's no reason to end up with a tag on your toe instead of your top, but each year 27 people turn up as stiff as their own starched shirts by not taking those clingy clothes wraps seriously enough. Turns out mob money isn't the only thing it's dangerous to launder.
Source: CDC 2004

L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS

4. Bull Run--
Over the 80 years of the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain, what are the chances that a runner, once run over, didn't live to tell the tale?

A)
7 in 100
B) 35 in 100
C) 75 in 100

5. Snow Exit--
Between 1989 and 2004, in which state was it likeliest that someone would die in an avalanche?

A)
Alaska
B) Colorado
C) Idaho

6. Just Chillin'--
What's your lifetime chance of dying from suffocation in a refrigerator or some other "airtight" space?

A)
1 in 27,000
B) 1 in 270,000
C) 1 in 2,700,000


A N S W E R S

4.
A) 7 in 100
Since Hemingway first glamorized this questionable tradition in The Sun Also Rises, more than 200 people have been injured in the running of the bulls. Of those, only 14 have died. Of course, if the unsuspecting bulls realized that their day would likely end by being stabbed, castrated, and de-eared as a matador's prize, we suspect that the casualties would be much higher.
Source: National Geographic; CNN 2004

5. B) Colorado
It's a Rocky Mountain low for the 90 hapless souls buried in Colorado avalanches. Alaska ranks a grim second with 73. Only 21 have perished in Idaho avalanches, and we suspect that some of those may have gone down in a flood of mashed potatoes.
Source: geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche, U.S. World Stats 2004

6. B) 1 in 270,000
Keeping freshness in means keeping oxygen out. Thirteen people a year--usually kids--still die in this very uncool fashion--far fewer than in the 1950s when stringent safety regulations were passed. (And no--we've been unable to find any reports of someone dying inside a working refrigerator. Probably because the door is opened about a hundred times a day.)
Source: NSC 2003


L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS

7. "Hey, Guys? We're Out of Peanuts!"
When the Uruguay rugby team crashed into the Andes in 1972, what was the chance of a survivor of the ordeal staying alive by eating the flesh of other, dead passengers?

A)
25%
B) 50%
C) 100%

8. Power Surge!
Which of the following home appliances is most likely to get someone electrocuted?

A)
Air Conditioner
B) Hair Dryer
C) Electric Drill

9. Look! Up in the Sky! It's...OW!
What is your lifetime chance of being killed by a falling object?

A)
1 in 4,900
B) 1 in 49,000
C) 1 in 490,000


A N S W E R S

7. C) 100%
Spending 71 days lost and without food in the snow-covered Andes made the unthinkable thinkable, and, ultimately, doable--as the 16 rugby players who survived clearly showed. But none of the agony they went through prepared them for the really brutal ordeal of having to watch Ethan Hawke and Vince Spano play them in the movie.
Source: Alive, Piers Paul Read

8. A) Air Conditioner
We don't exactly know how, but according to government reports, the air conditioner is responsible for 14 electrocution deaths annually--more than the hair dryer and electric drill combined. Just when you thought it was safe to take your Carrier 52F into the bathtub...
Source: CPSC 2004
9 A) 1 in 4,900
When someone dies suddenly, it may seem to come "out of thin air," but a particularly unlucky group experiences that sensation a bit more literally. In fact, just over 700 people are struck and killed by falling objects each year.
(Those struck by falling apples are more likely to survive--and have scientific epiphanies!)
Source: NSC 2004

L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS

10. Fumes-Day Scenario--
What is your lifetime chance of accidentally dying in a car from motor vehicle exhaust?

A)
1 in 7,000
B) 1 in 11,000
C) 1 in 19,000

11. Golden Gate Toll--
Since San Francisco's Golden Gate opened in 1937, there have been 1,300 suicide attempts from the bridge, giving 2 in 5 odds that a future attempt will likely result in which of the following?

A)
Death
B) Being Stopped
C)
Surviving the Leap

12. Crush Hour--
When you get that "put-upon" feeling from a heavy piece of machinery, what is your lifetime chance that you'll be breathing your last breath?

A)
1 in 5,700
B) 1 in 57,000
C) 1 in 570,000


A N S W E R S

10. C) 1 in 19,000
About 190 people a year get gassed accidentally in their own cars. And that number doesn't even count the ill effects of those dangling air "fresheners." The moral here would seem to be: Don't leave your engine running--even for a chance to get lucky in the backseat.
Source: NSC 2004

11. B) Being Stopped
A 4-foot railing and human intervention are the only deterrents to suicide on the Golden Gate. But police or bystanders have thwarted 515 suicidal souls, only 1 of whom is known to have made a later, successful attempt from the bridge. Of those who have taken the 200-foot, 75-mph plunge, 98% have died.
Source: USA Today 2005

12 A) 1 in 5,700
"Don't look now!" are not the words you want to hear as the hair on your neck jolts to red alert. Maybe those Matrix guys aren't so paranoid after all. In addition to causing thousands of occupational injuries, machines permanently flatten around 1,100 people annually. (Surely that can't be kosher with OSHA.)
Source: NSC 2002

L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS

13. A Real Sinking Feeling--
What's your lifetime chance of drowning?

A)
1 in 900
B) 1 in 9,000
C) 1 in 90,000

14. Squish! You Were Here--
Being caught between bases can be a sure "Out!" in baseball. What is the chance of having the life squeezed out of you by being caught between hard "objects"?

A)
1 in 320
B) 1 in 3,200
C) 1 in 32,000

15. Vaporized--
What is your chance of being done in this year by poisonous gas or vapor (other than carbon monoxide)?

A)
1 in 435,000
B) 1 in 43,500
C) 1 in 4,350

A N S W E R S

13. A) 1 in 900
Better hang on to those floaties! About 3,300 people a year end up in Davy Jones's locker. (And no, we don't mean the one from the Monkees.) The "final ablution" is a mix of about 600 in pools, 1,000 in natural bodies of water, and about 300 in bathtubs; the others are lumped into an "unspecified" category of drownings. Wells? Pails? Toilet bowls? (We don't know; use your imagination.)
Source: NSC 2003

14. C) 1 in 32,000
Each year about 118 folks are actually crushed to death--often between the aptly named "pinch rollers" used on chain drives, feed rollers, and--OUCH!-- gear drives, giving a whole new meaning to the word flatliners.
Source: NSC 2003

15. A) 1 in 435,000
The odds are pretty good that you won't be one of the 550 people to die this year of poison gas or vapor. And your lifetime chance of being "vaporized" is only 1 in 6,000, so you can shove that gas mask back in your Homeland Security Safety Kit.
Source: NSC 2004

L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS

16. Hard to Swallow?
Your lifetime chance of dying is about 1 in 5,000 from which of the following?

A)
Food Poisoning
B) Object in Throat
C) Food in Throat

17. Ciao via Plow--
Your lifetime chance of being killed by a bulldozer, earthmover, or other excavating equipment is:

A)
1 in 4,500
B) 1 in 45,000
C) 1 in 450,000

18. Barreled Over--
If you were one of the daredevils who tried to barrel over Niagara Falls between 1901 and 2004, what were your chances of surviving the ride?
A) 30%
B) 50%
C) 80%

A N S W E R S

16. B) Object in Throat
Chew first, then swallow! While this advice might lose you your job if you were Linda Lovelace (may she R.I.P.), it would save a lot of lives. Nonedible, hard objects lodged in throats kill over 3,000 people annually, more than 4 times the 742 deaths from choking and inhaling food. As for accidentally being poisoned to death by a lethal comestible, your chance of dying is about one in a million--even in Ukraine.
Source: CDC 2004

17. B) 1 in 45,000
Who knew CATs and Deeres could be so dangerous? The serious downside of buildings going up is that around 80 people a year go under from unfortunate encounters with earthmovers. On the upside, it could save your family a bundle on burial costs.
Source: NSC 2004

18. C) 80%
Wow! Despite dropping 75 feet in less than 3 seconds, 4 out of 5 plungers have lived to boast about it. Among the survivors was the first person "man enough" to attempt the feat--63-year-old Annie Taylor--in 1901. Excluding David Copperfield's 1990 Niagara stunt (after all, he is a magician), there have been 15 attempts involving 17 people--including two sets of couples and one guy without a barrel!
Source: Niagara Parks Commission 2004

L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS


19. Butting Out--
Which of the following digestive disorders is least likely to kill you?

A)
Constipation
B) Hemorrhoids
C) Diarrhea

20. Slip Slidin' Away--
What is your chance of being buried alive in a landslide?

A)
1 in 6,400
B) 1 in 64,000
C) 1 in 640,000

21. A Current Affair--
We all know that we're composed of 90% water, right? And water does what? Yep, it conducts electricity. As one of those ordinary vessels of water, what is your chance of being electrocuted at home or on the job?

A)
1 in 6,000
B) 1 in 60,000
C) 1 in 600,000


A N S W E R S

19. B) Hemorrhoids
Pile on all the disgusting jokes you want, apparently almost nobody (well, only 16) dies from hemorrhoids and the embarrassment they might cause. That number nearly doubles to 28 for the 3 million constipation sufferers in the U.S., while infectious diarrhea drains almost 3,100 a year, a stat that's truly Pepto-Dismal!
Source: NDDIC; NIH 2004

20. C) 1 in 640,000
Not bad odds, but each year, between 25 and 55 Americans are buried without benediction, casket, or even the customary courtesy of being certified dead first. Landslides in the U.S. occur mostly in California, though Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington have had some of the worst in U.S. history.
Source: NSC 2003

21. A) 1 in 6,000
The shocking news is that on average, over 400 Americans take an annual one-way electric slide into the beyond. That doesn't include electric chair casualties (still legal in ten states), bolts out of the blue (40 to 50 deaths annually), or the unlucky 150 who are severely singed at gas pumps from the buildup of static electricity (often from cell phones) suddenly igniting the fuel.
Source: NSC 2004


L I F E O R D E A T H

QUESTIONS


22. Living Large--
If you're obese it is most likely that you will eventually end up in which of the following?

A)
Oversized Ambulance
B) Supersized Casket
C) Funeral at Age 46


23. From Doe to DOA--
"Caught in the headlights!" has an entirely different meaning when the car you're driving collides with a deer. What is the chance of such a collision turning deadly for the driver?

A)
1 in 100
B) 1 in 1000
C) 1 in 10,000

24.

Continues...


Excerpted from Odds 'R by Roger L. Schlaifer
Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Roger L. Schlaifer is well known for his bow ties and for his creative development and marketing of intellectual properties--among them Cabbage Patch Kids and the name and works of Andy Warhol. Schlaifer is a graduate of Syracuse University and is president of Atlanta-based, Schlaifer Nance & Company.

Odds 'R™--the Odds on Everything Book, is Schlaifer's first non-fiction work and is based on his original game, Odds 'R™--The Odds on Everything Game. For more information, please visit www.oddsrgames.com.

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Odds 'R 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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A must read for anyone who liked Freakonomics or Why Do Men Have Nipples, Odds'R is more informative than the latter and a better read than the former--and probably funnier than any trivia type book on the market!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Odds'R is a great find. We were delighted to discover it was not just another trivia book but a fact-packed compendium of weird and useful information. Already suggested to our friends as a great stocking stuffer for only $12. John and LaDell Snyder
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid player of the Odds'R board game by the same author, I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the book of the same name. I was not disappointed. My family, friends and I have already spent many an evening quizzing eachother with the seemingly endless number of amusing and interesting questions and answers in the book. Further, I must admit that I also read excerpts from the book on occassion when I feel a need to amuse myself and take a break from the 'real world'. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great gift or to amuse and entertain themselves and others. Kudos to the author and his researchers for identifying the myriad of fascinating items and presenting them in such an amusing way. 'Odds R' that I will purchased the sequel to this as well, if one evers comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A clever and humorous book that includes trivia for players of all ages. A lot of fun to play in teams or as a solitary test of all sorts of off-beat and little-known facts.