I guess I’m a merchant of death, then

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Japanese women have topped the world for longevity for the 24th consecutive year.  The average Japanese woman now lives to be 86 years old.  The women of Hong Kong and France are not far behind, living until 85 and 84 respectively.  The men of the world generally trail behind their womenfolk (how typical of them to exit early and leave their messes behind for us to clean up!): the men of Iceland have the longest lives, followed by the men of Hong Kong and Switzerland. 

Have you noticed something eerie?  None of these nations speak English as a first language.  In fact, none of the top 10 nations feature English as an official language at all (apart from Singapore and Hong Kong).  This reminds me of an old joke that did the rounds a few years back:

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

 2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

 3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

 4. The Italians drink large amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

  5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

  6. Ukrainians drink a lot of vodka, eat a lot of perogies, cabbage rolls and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

  CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like.  Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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2 comments on “I guess I’m a merchant of death, then

  1. Karen says:

    I’ve seen that joke and always liked it. If I thought it were actually true, I’d take some more courses in Spanish.

  2. Miko says:

    Take Japanese instead! I’ll be happy to teach you.

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