Survey Finds American Adults Are Risk Takers

We're not smart cookies when it comes to eating cookie dough, and too often engage in all kinds of other risky behavior.

Those are the findings of a Consumer Reports telephone survey of 1,000 adults.

It found nearly 3 of every 4 Americans put cotton swabs inside their ears, risking a perforated eardrum. Nearly 4 in 10 admit eating raw cookie dough, which can carry salmonella.

Only half the respondents have a carbon monoxide detector at home and 61 percent don't have a rubber mat in the shower. Thirteen percent admitted sometimes drinking beer while using power tools.

The margin of error of 3 percentage points.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    Pure Dare Devils! I hope no one ever attacks us, they might get poked in the ear with a Q-tip.:) Sheesh! The things that pass for news these days.
  • by I hope not. on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    Lol, Wow we are all killing ourselves with Q-tips, cookie dough and our bathtubs? What?? I thought it was drugs, violence and drinking that was doing it. Where does some of this news come from? What about the artificial sweeteners in soda’s and sugar free sweets?
  • by rainy Location: jacksonville on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    I guess the terrorists don't have to come after us anymore. Or perhaps they are the ones behind cotton swabs and chocolate chips! We're doomed!
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 3, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    q-tips, cookie dough, bath mats,,,we're really pushing the envelope here. we had better smarten up before we break a nail.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 3, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    What else am I supposed to clean my ears with? *raises hand for eating cookie dough AND licking spoon when making brownies or a cake* Oh and I dont have a rubber mat because MOST , not all, get mildew even if you clean them.
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