This is an odd statistical comparison that I sort of ran across by accident. I was reading a book by the name of; The Essential Engineer the other day, and in it the author (Henry Petroski) quoted the Sci-Fi writer Ray Bradbury in response to this question: "If you could, what invention would you wish had never occurred?" His answer was; "The automobile, since in just the first ninety years of the twentieth century it has taken the lives of over 2 million humans, the same type of statistic one gets from a minor war." (bold mine) So I was thinking about that when I noticed that it is widely accepted that since America started to become an independent nation, it has lost about 1.4 persons in uniformed service up to the Afghan/Iraq period we are still in. Now while the approximate 2 million figure is global (auto deaths) in the 20th Century, and doesn’t breakdown by gender or age, nor apparently include motorcycles, and the 1.4 million figure is American fatalities only, that is an amazing number when you think about it.