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(   More people die in January than any other month "due to many factors, including the harsh effects of cold weather and people unconsciously postponing death until after Christmas"   ( divider line
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2007-01-15 02:47:35 PM  
And having to remove the 3 foot wall of snow that basstard in the snowplow left....If you die...Can your relations sue the city??
2007-01-15 02:47:54 PM  
It's cold out, and I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas, and I am still here...

2007-01-15 02:48:12 PM  
Nah, they just want to avoid taxes.
2007-01-15 02:48:38 PM  
I think I'm always unconsciously postponing death.
2007-01-15 02:49:17 PM  
Oh, and the rate of suicide is higher in January too.

\Hates January too.
\\Not that much though.
2007-01-15 02:49:30 PM  
That is so considerate that so many people wait to die until after Christams. How thoughtful.
2007-01-15 02:50:13 PM  
Waiting until Christmas is a pretty good gamble if you can use the "your presents are coming in the mail in a few days" excuse. That way you get the presents and keel over before they ever know that you actually didn't buy the idiots anything. Of course, the downside is if you do live through it, you look like a jackass. Which, of course, you are, but you don't want everybody to know.
2007-01-15 02:51:27 PM  
I believe the postponing until after xmas, completely. It's a huge thing to look forward to, to me, even as an adult.

My grandmother seemed to put off having a stroke until after my wedding. I'm glad she made it to the wedding, but it was weird coming back from my honeymoon and not being able to reach my relatives (they had all gone to her city to take care of her while she wasted away in the nursing home).
2007-01-15 02:51:52 PM  
Can you still get into heaven dying from passive suicide? These are obviously important questions people!
2007-01-15 02:53:19 PM  
"If you look at who is dying, it's the older people," said Leslie Geran, a senior analyst at Statistics Canada.

Rick Romero, call your office.
2007-01-15 02:55:38 PM  
"If you look at who is dying, it's the older people."

Really?? I had no idea.
2007-01-15 02:56:06 PM  
Boyd Schidt
That is so considerate that so many people wait to die until after Christams. How thoughtful.

I disagree completely. I mean, these deceitful old farkers stay alive just long enough to get some nice, expensive gift they'll never have a chance to use, thus costing their relatives big $$$, and we're supposed to thank them? No. The truly considerate die during the post-Thanksgiving runup to Christmas. That way, gifts that have already been purchased can be returned or reassigned to another recipient. Waiting until after Christmas is just selfish.
2007-01-15 02:57:20 PM  
Screw that. If I'm dying I'll be using my "mental energy" to see that everyone's holiday gets ruined.

/at least the author debunked that quasi-mystical nonsense in the last paragraph
2007-01-15 02:58:05 PM  
people unconsciously postponing death until after Christmas

This is so true. If someone's a bit iffy around falltime, I usually expect them to die right around or slightly after Christmas.
2007-01-15 02:58:24 PM  
My Boobies, and someone beats me to the punch.

Dang you, preview option!
2007-01-15 03:00:46 PM  
My tip for not dying in January is to stay off the roads unless it is life or death. Getting to the mall can wait.
2007-01-15 03:01:32 PM  

Mom's mom died 6-7 years ago at age 99, in January.
Dad's mom died 3 years ago, at age 86, in January.
Wife's grand-dad just died this week.

Yeah, January is getting to be funeral month for my family.
2007-01-15 03:02:04 PM  
I didn't realize we could postpose our own deaths. I hereby postpone my death until January 1.

/in the year 4000
2007-01-15 03:02:13 PM  
mockingbood: My Boobies, and someone beats me to the punch.

Sory, I laughed out loud.

/I did.
2007-01-15 03:02:29 PM  
unconsciously postponing death until after christmas?


i think depression is a much more likely cause than 'i'll just hang on a little longer'...
they're croaking b/c of the visa bills!
2007-01-15 03:03:12 PM  

/dammit, saw the misspelling in the preview, too.
2007-01-15 03:03:32 PM  
"I am planning to live forever. So far, so good!"
2007-01-15 03:05:05 PM  
"I plan on living for the rest of my life."
2007-01-15 03:06:56 PM  
Most of the women in my life are nurses (mother, sister, wife, sister-in-law). There seems to be something to the idea that the chronically ill need to relax enough to die. My mother has stated that patients often don't die until the family leaves the room. It is kind of upsetting for the family, but it may be that mental stimulation can keep people from slipping away.

/Being decapitated at your hanging, however, doesn't require much concentration.
2007-01-15 03:07:23 PM  
FTFA: people unconsciously postponing death until after Christmas

Seriously, is that even possible?

Cause if so, that's kinda cool.
2007-01-15 03:08:53 PM  
I absolutely believe in the postponing thing. I had a friend die New Year's Day from cancer. After she told me what a nice Christmas she had.
2007-01-15 03:09:29 PM  
Tomorrow at noon, and we're halfway to February!

/ many as 98% of us will die at some point in our lives.
//not obscure, but funny.
2007-01-15 03:10:43 PM  
ok, nm, I actually read the damn thing now.

2007-01-15 03:13:06 PM  
The key to immortality, just keep putting off your death. I for one am postponing my death until I play Duke Nukem Forever.
2007-01-15 03:13:49 PM  
With all the Polish sausage and beer and I enjoy during the NFL Playoffs, I'm a prime candidate for a heart attack in January.

/Go Bears.
//Seahawks fan.
///That game was a heart-breaker.
2007-01-15 03:19:41 PM  
Yeah. It's true. My dad died on the 10th this January after a long fight with cancer.

schiefaw: My dad really held on tooth and nail, he was afraid to die. I'm told the last night he was even doing stuff like turning up the volume on the tv to try and keep himself awake to stave off the inevitable. I have a friend who told me her dad asked her to leave the room (and as soon as she left, he went).
2007-01-15 03:41:42 PM  
It's January in Canada. Need any other reason to kill yourself?
2007-01-15 03:42:28 PM  
I work in a cemetery, and January is always the worse time of the year. During the summer I can go a month without a burial, and tomorrow I have three. Had one today, and a few last week.
2007-01-15 03:45:30 PM  
Just found out my coworker and friend died over the weekend. No cause yet. :(
2007-01-15 03:46:47 PM  

Oh dear!
2007-01-15 03:48:01 PM  
Does that include the annual death toll from all the notorious out-of-control Martin Luther King day parties?
2007-01-15 03:53:58 PM  
I want to die on Christmas. Ruin the holiday for the rest of my family.
2007-01-15 03:54:07 PM  
It's not so much unconsciously postponing death until after the holidays, it is consciously not putting a gun to my head.

It's getting harder too, now that I don't have Christmas as an excuse.
2007-01-15 03:55:51 PM  
unconsciously postponing death until after christmas

Don't tell my father-in-law. He died on Christmas Eve as we were all arriving to exchange gifts he was getting wheeled into an ambulance.
2007-01-15 04:01:49 PM
Old people die. Film at 11.
2007-01-15 04:02:38 PM  
I would have though it would be better to die before christmas, you know, save the hassel of having to see the family "one last time". Other then the time off work, and being drunk all the while (it is at least socially acceptable at that time of year), christmas blows!

/Hates winter in general!
//Doesn't mind the snow, just hates the cold!
///I know they are mutually exclusive!
2007-01-15 04:04:23 PM  

Apparently they put the evidence right up front--even before the first paragraph....

Across the country in 2004 (the most recent year that figures are available), an average of 621 people died every day. But in January, that rate jumped to 703 per day --higher than any other month.

//sa'right, could happen to anyone
2007-01-15 04:06:27 PM  
I've been postponing death for 37 years now. I must be pretty good at it.
2007-01-15 04:10:11 PM  
You know, I postponed my death until after Christmas, and all they gave me was a farking Chia Pet.
2007-01-15 04:21:03 PM  
I'm sure southern California saw a spike last night.
2007-01-15 04:22:37 PM  
When I heard about Gerald Ford's death on Dec 26, I thought "I guess he wanted to celebrate one more Christmas before checking out."
2007-01-15 04:23:32 PM  
So James Brown didn't get that whole Christmas Memo did he....
2007-01-15 04:30:08 PM  
Thats one way to avoid paying your "Christmas credit card debt".
2007-01-15 04:50:59 PM  
Odd, my yearning for death gets almost frantic right before I have to visit with my relatives. On the other hand, it is nice to get stuff.
2007-01-15 04:51:16 PM  
Suspenders also play a large roll in why people die in January...

/GIS for "Choosing to die"
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