More ideas from Adi
Via the Fall 2013 issue of Lapham's Quarterly (the theme of which is "Death") comes a morbidly fascinating way of measuring the loss of life.

The deadliest events in history, ranked by deaths per day--I have heard that the San Fransisco death toll was way understated to not freak out east coast banks. I would think given how the city looked afterward that it was higher.