Most Dangerous Countries on Earth


As part of the Planet Deadly travel guide I’ve compiled a list of countries for the more adventurous amongst you. As virtually every country on this list is somewhere hot and sunny you can pack your trunks and a flowery shirt. You might also want to back a bullet proof vest as these countries all … Read more

How Dangerous are American Alligators? And Other Alligator Facts

American Alligator

To a large extent man is master of his environment and the likelihood of being attacked, let alone eaten, by a wild animal is pretty slim. This is certainly true of the developed world, and no more so than the U.S. Yet there are still a few creatures that rule their domain, even in America, … Read more

The World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Supervolcano eruption

On the morning of August 27th 1883 the small Indonesian island of Krakatoa virtually destroyed itself in a series of cataclysmic explosions the likes of which have never been witnessed in human history before or since. Not only was the explosion the loudest sound ever recorded, it released 4 times more energy than the most powerful … Read more

The Most Devastating Tsunamis in History


In the modern world there is sometimes a complacency that we have somehow conquered nature. This belief can be destroyed in moments when the planet reminds us this is not the case, and in the most brutal ways. Of all these tsunamis are one of the most terrifying and devastating of all natural disasters. The terms … Read more

Black Bear attacks

American black bear

The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is one of three species of bear found in North America, the others being the polar bear and brown bear. It is the most widely distributed of these species found from the north of Florida right up through Canada and into Alaska. Although far from being rare black bears tend to actively … Read more

Most Dangerous Allergies

Peanut allergy

For an ever increasing number of us allergies are an annoying and often unpleasant fact of life. Come spring and summer it’s time to break out the tissues and medications, or for the even less fortunate the scratching and sneezing might be an all year thing. However, for a small but significant percentage of the … Read more

Shark Attack Statistics

Tiger Shark fishing

The tables below list the recorded unprovoked* shark attacks from around the world since records began in 1580. They have been aggregated and are held by the International Shark Attack File (ISAF). The ISAF, the longest running authority on shark attacks, has a long-term scientifically documented database containing information on all known shark attacks, and … Read more

The Deadliest Wars of the Modern Era

World War II

War seems to have been around pretty much since the dawn of humanity. Despite there not being as many people and weapons being far less efficient at killing people death tolls still managed to creep into the millions. But then in those days wars went on for decades, if not centuries. Since the advent of mechanized and long-range weaponry … Read more