Spring: The Deadliest Season

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that targeted the families of departed individuals aged from 18-65 at the time of death revealed a shocking conclusion. Although Winter is often stereotyped as a cold, harsh season, only 24% of yearly deaths occur during it. Participants said that the reasons their loved ones died in the winter season included slipping on ice, electrocution from festive holiday lights, and frostbite.

Very nearly tied with Winter for the number of deaths is Summer, which comes as a surprise to no one. Summer is usually hyped as one of the top four best seasons ever. It makes sense that it would also only lead to the departure of 24% of the yearly dead. Those surveyed provided reasons why summer killed their friends or family members. A few of these reasons are summer school, heat stroke, and natural causes.

In second place was Autumn, called “Fall” by some Neanderthal-like troglodytes. During that season, 25% of the deaths described occurred. Many, many unique reasons were provided by participants in the survey, including: tripping on sticks, suffocating in a leaf pile, drowning (deliberate or accidental), falling from a tree, choking on applesauce, and “unknown”.

Coming in at the top of the list, as you’ve probably figured out by now, is Spring! Aside from being the most deadly season, Spring is also the most popular, according to a separate, and less interesting, survey. Spring is the metaphorical Goldilocks of the seasons, meaning that it gets eaten by bears. Only three reasons stood out in the list of causes of death during the spring; they were: drug overdoses at end-of-winter celebrations, fatigue from temperature, and pneumonia (induced by singin’ in the rain).


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