If you search any variation of "shark attacks and vending machines," you'll pull up thousands of results arguing that the vending machine is the deadlier of the two. While this is technically true, it's just that - technically true. There are plenty of studies to back up the claim, but it's the classic "apples and oranges" comparison. Well, unless there's a study floating around out there about vending machines attacking people in the ocean or sharks stalking people in the office breakroom.
According to a National Electronic Injury Surveillance System study compiling data between 2002 and 2015, there was an average of four deaths and 1,730 injuries caused by vending machines each year. Now compare that to data compiled by the Florida Museum of Natural History between 2007 and 2016, shark attacks resulted in an average of 0.6 deaths and a little more than 44 injuries each year.
When you look exclusively at the data, it seems like vending machines are deadlier than sharks, but again, the numbers weren't compiled in the same study or even during the same period of time, so it's hard to say. With that being said, it's probably not advisable to take a dip in vending machine infested waters.
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