Gansbaai, South Africa
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Gansbaai, South Africa
Why it’s dangerous
It’s a great place to go swimming if you want to be eaten. The waters off Gansbaai are the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks due to an abundance of prey such as seals and penguins that live and breed on Dyer Island, which lies not to far from the mainland. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Cage diving
Tourists take pictures of a great white shark swimming for a dead tuna, used as a bait, during a shark cage diving tour on March 30, 2010 in the waters of Gansbaai, South Africa. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Mount Everest
Why it’s dangerous
Saying you’ve climbed Mount Everest may be the ultimate accomplishment, but that’s if you even make it. Only 660 people out of the approximately 4,000 who’ve tried to climb it actually succeeded, according to Scholastic. 142 people died during their attempt. ()
Scaling Mount Everest unassisted
Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner points to a photograph of Mount Everest after his unprecedented solo ascent without supplementary oxygen in 1980. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Famous discoveries on the summit
George Leigh Mallory disappeared in 1924 along with fellow climber Andrew Irvine, while attempting to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Due to an unusual spring thaw, his petrified remains were discovered by Eric Simonson’s 1999 expedition. (Dave Hahn/Mallory & Irvine/Getty Images)
Why it’s dangerous
Australia is home to an array of venomous and dangerous creatures including the box jellyfish, crocodiles, the brown snake and funnel web spider to name a few. (LAWRENCE BARTLETT/AFP/Getty Images)
Deadly snakes
Reptile specialist Rob Anderson ‘milks’ a deadly Eastern tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) to produce anti-venom at The Australian Reptile Park north of Sydney. The majority of Australia’s 130 terrestrial snake species are venomous members of the Elapidae family of which the tiger snake is considered to be the second most deadly - after the Taipan. (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Redback Spider
The Redback, probably Australia’s best-known deadly spider is found all over Australia and is a close relative of the Black Widow Spider from the U.S. Only the female Redback is considered dangerous, with their venom containing ne (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
Blue Ring Octopus
This Octopus has venom called cephalotoxin, and is composed from enzymes in the salivary gland in its mouth. The venom is a neuromuscular paralysing toxin, where nerve conduction in the victim is blocked, followed by paralysis, then death if no medical treatment is sought. Often the bite is painless, and therefore goes unnoticed. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
The Stonefish is well camouflaged in the ocean, as it is a brownish colour, and often resembles a rock. It has thirteen sharp dorsal spines on its back, which each have extremely toxic venom, which can cause extreme local pain and tissue damage, respiratory distress, which can lead to cardiovascular shock that can be fatal if no medical treatment is sought. There have been no recorded human deaths in Australia due to the development of an antivenom in 1959. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
Saltwater Crocodile
The Saltwater Crocodile, the world’s largest reptile, is one of Australia’s deadliest animals, and the continent’s only wild animal that actively hunts human beings which stray into it’s territory. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
Funnel Web spider
The Funnel Web is one of Australia’s deadliest animals, with a venom that is packed with at least 40 different toxic proteins. A bite from a Funnel Web causes massive electrical over-load in the body’s nervous system. Finally, fatalities occur from either heart attack or a pulmonary oedema, where the capillaries around the lungs begin to leak fluid and the patient effectively drowns. Death can come as quickly as two hours after a bite if no medical treatment is sought. Due to advances in anti-venom, there has been no death from a Funnel Web bite in Australia since 1980. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
Why it’s dangerous
Approximately 1,864 out every 100,000 people die from infectious and parasitic diseases in Zimbabwe, according to the World Health Organization.

Pictured, a Zimbabwean patient sits in his bed on February 27, 2009 at a hospital. (DESMOND KWANDE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Zimbabwean newspaper vendor reads a state owned paper headlined ‘Cholera hits city suburbs’, 31 January 2007 in Harare. At the time, Cholera had infected at least 10 people in two teeming suburbs of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare following a breakdown in municipal services. (DESMOND KWANDE/AFP/Getty Images)
Disease prevention
Oxfam workers demonstrate how to erect mosquito nets in the Gutu district of Zimbabwe on February 12, 2009. Oxfam distributed 21,000 mosquito nets to villagers in the district to prevent an outbreak of disease spread by the insect. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Memphis, Tenn.
Why it’s dangerous
The U.S. Geological Survey warns about continuing concerns for a major destructive earthquake in what is known as the New Madrid seismic zone (pictured). The U.S. Geological Survey writes:

“The City of Memphis and the surrounding metropolitan area of more than one million people would be severely impacted. Memphis has an aging infrastructure, and many of its large buildings, including unreinforced schools and fire and police stations, would be particularly vulnerable when subjected to severe ground shaking. Relatively few buildings were built using building codes that have provisions for seismic-resistant design.” (United States Geological Survey)
Picture from a 1811 New Madrid earthquake
Elevated trees left by scooping out of sand by overflowing Mississippi waters at the south end of Reelfoot Lake, Tenn. The surface is now about at its original level, and the original tree trunk can be seen continuing down to the level of the ground. (United States Geological Survey)
Why it’s dangerous
Here’s how the CIA describes Nigeria, “a transit point for heroin and cocaine intended for European, East Asian, and North American markets; consumer of amphetamines; safe haven for Nigerian narcotraffickers operating worldwide; major money-laundering center; massive corruption and criminal activity...”

Pictured, soldiers patrol the streets in the Bauch metropolis area in northern Nigeria, on December 29, 2009. Dozens of people were feared dead including four soldiers during a clash between security personnel and members of Islamic sect called Kala-Kato who went on rampage demanding the release of their leader arrested by the authorities. (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Drug traffickers
On the right is caught Nigerian drug trafficker Umelo Iheanyi at a press conference in Indonesia where he was caught. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Women mourning
A woman who lost her children to the religious violence rolls on the road during a march on March 11, 2010 to protest the killing of their community members and children by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Jos, Nigeria. Thousands of women marched through the streets in black to the state House of Assembly and later to the government house to protest the killings of women and children at Dogo Nahawa village in Nigeria’s south Jos, Plateau State. (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico Border Cities
Why it’s dangerous
More than 22,700 people have died in suspected drug attacks since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organized crime after taking office in late 2006. Pictured, relatives of murdered municipal policewoman Agustina Nevarez Soto, 22, cry during her funeral in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 26, 2010. (Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)
Violence In Juarez, Mexico
Military police gather at an early morning murder, one of numerous murders over a 24 hour period, on March 26, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Victims of violence
A cemetery is seen in a poor Juarez neighborhood where many of the deceased are recent victims of violent crime. The border city of Juarez, Mexico has been racked by violent drug-related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world in which to live. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Weslaco, Texas
Why it’s dangerous
You have a one in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime in this city, according to The website writes, “With a crime rate of 87 per one thousand residents, Weslaco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.” (City of Weslaco)
Why it’s dangerous
Beside the pirates, this country has been dealing with factional fighting since the early 1990s. (MUSTAFA ABDI/AFP/Getty Images)
Displaced Somalis
Internally displaced Somalis wait in line to receive cooked meals distributed by a local Somali non-governmental organization in partnership with the World Food Program in a camp on the outskirt of Mogadishu on March 21, 2010. Hardline Islamists banned the World Food Program operations in Somalia last month, but still some non-governmental organizations run feeding centers in some parts of the capital. (MUSTAFA ABDI/AFP/Getty Image)
Somalian government soldiers
Somalian government soldiers patrol March 17, 2010 in the embattled Somalian capital of Mogadishu. (Adirashid ABDULLE ABIKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangkok, Thailand
Why it’s dangerous
A tense political crisis claimed 27 lives as ‘Red Shirt’ anti-government protesters’ took up refuge in the middle of the city’s financial district. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Political turmoil in Thailand
A look at a blockade created by the anti-government “Red shirt” protesters in Bangkokk. The anti-government protests closed much of central Bangkok’s commercial district for eight weeks, as of May 3, 2010. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
Thai soldiers stand guard
Thai soldiers stand guard as pedestrians pass near the ‘Red Shirt’ anti-government protester camp in the financial central district of Bangkok on May 4, 2010. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangkok before the turmoil
Aerial view of Bangkok by night, Nov. 13, 2009. (Jan Johannessen/Getty Images)
Bangkok before the turmoil
Visitors at Siam Ocean World are seen diving in one of the fish tanks on Nov. 12, 2009. (Jan Johannessen/Getty Images)
Why it’s dangerous
The Maoist political party, which has the largest number of seats in parliament, is demanding that the one-year-old ruling coalition be replaced by a Maoist-led national administration. Pictured, supporters of the Maoist party take part in a torch rally on the first day of an indefinite, nationwide strike May 2, 2010. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Nationwide strikes
Maoist supporters hold flags during the third day of an indefinite nationwide strike in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 4, 2010. All shops, schools and offices were closed and vehicles were kept off the streets in the capital and elsewhere across the country as thousands of protesters staged mass rallies and enforced a nationwide strike. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Riot ready
Nepalese riot police stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade during the third day of the strike. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Nepal before the turmoil
A Sherpa shopkeeper looks out for tourists in the market area May 24, 2003 in Namche Bazar, Nepal. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)