History …[is] where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. … The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.
— Philip Roth, The Plot Against America (2004)
Council on Foreign Relations scholar Micah Zenko found that tip-over, [which is when “televisions, furniture, and appliances” fall onto their owners] kills about as many Americans per year as terrorism does, and injures many more. In theory, then, you should be just as freaked out by tip-over as you are by terrorism. Based on the fatality rate, you should be much more freaked out about tip-over than you are about Ebola.