4Compare and contrast: place alternatives in an appropriate context to evaluate tradeoffs

The major causes of concern are still with us. The number of people hospitalized after a trouser accident (up from 5137 to 5945) is worryingly high, while the drop in injuries inflicted by armchairs (down from 18,690 to 16,662) leaves little room for complacency. Hospitalizations from socks and tights have also risen (10,773 compared to 9843 previously), while injuries inflicted by vegetables remain unacceptably high at 13,132 compared with the previous year’s 12,362. The number of accidents involving tree trunks has also risen from 1777 to 1810, while leaf accidents have soared from 664 to 1171....

New Scientist, June 9, 2001

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