340 people who watch this video will not be alive by this time next year. That isn’t some crazy internet voodoo that you can escape by changing browsers right now, it’s a likely statistic. Don’t think that it won’t be you, because it very well could be! So why now, as you read this, do you imagine some random stranger meeting an untimely end and you living out a full life likely into your 70’s or 80’s? All of these questions are covered at length in Vsauce's latest video "Risk".
Ever see a lot of commercials about the dangers of texting and driving and think someone is sending you a message? You contemplate it outside while smoking a cigarette that in your mind is doing less harm to your body than a texting induced catastrophe heading your way. Why do you do this, and what makes you think that way? Vsauce breaks it down in the most eloquent of fashions and not only gives out some interesting information, but also scares the crap out of you!
So now that you’ve got that uneasy feeling in your gut wondering when your time will come, Vsauce slaps us with Micromorts. If you haven’t watched yet, Micromorts are a one in million rating system for activities in life and the likelihood they will kill you. “Ridiculous.” I caught myself muttering when the statement that Skydiving once had just as much a chance of killing you as smoking five cigarettes. Most people would find that ridiculous, and as the video has pointed out that makes us wrong and just as likely to be another statistic. You and I could very well be one of the 340 who will not be with us next year.
Luckily for all of us, Vsauce brings to light the existence of Microlife, an essential tool for those wishing to combat an untimely death. As the name would suggest Microlife awards points towards your life for healthy decisions, but yet again negative points for unhealthy decisions! Seriously, if two hours of doing nothing takes my life down by thirty minutes, why would you subject me to an 8 minute video Vsauce?! DO YOU WANT ME TO DIE?! I WON’T BE ONE OF THE 340! Like me, you can keep telling yourself that, but the fact remains that neither of us have any real control over it.