We Know What Day of the Week You’ll Die, Really

Some days are more dangerous than others.

BY Rick Bursky
Sep.10,2019 / UPDATED ON FEB.28,2020

You’re going to die, most likely, on a Saturday.  No, we didn’t make this up. And neither did the Center for Disease Control. They arrived at this startling fact after studying all deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2014. So they’re probably correct.  The most common cause of death is a heart attack, stop smoking, and start exercising. The safest day of the week is Sunday, yes, the fewest people die on Sunday. This isn’t to suggest you should plan risky activities on Sunday. But perhaps we should say “thank god it’s Sunday,” you survived. 

A couple of interesting facts on the ways we die include the highest number of car crash deaths occurred on Saturdays (42,332), followed by Sundays (39,943) and then Fridays (36,167); and firearm deaths also peak on weekends, no surprise there. 

Deaths from heart attacks are highest on Mondays. Yeah, like you needed another reason to call in sick.  Tuesdays are big for dying from the flu and pneumonia. Tuesday is also lowest for death by car crash. Perhaps people are not our driving because they’re home with the flu?

Few people are actually going to argue that we know what day of the week you’re going to die. After all, there are only seven days to choose from. But what would you think if we told you there is a day of the year on which there are more deaths? Well, there is, there is a black and deadly day upon which more hearts stop beating than on any other day. Drum roll, please.That day is Christmas. Yes, December 25th. When most of America is gathered around the Christmas tree opening, many people are gathered in grief as they get the news that someone they loved has passed. Many studies have shown this to be true. You can look them up for yourself. But this is an article about the day of the week you’re going to die so enough about December 25th.

You can’t live forever. Though if you’re as lucky as Alelia Murphy you might live to be 114, yep, she’s that old. Are you reading this on a Saturday? If so, just be a bit more careful. If you’re reading this on a Sunday take a deep sigh of relief, odds are you’re going to live another week.

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