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Last year, 20,000 people had an unexpected gift: life. That's the number of people who should have died, but didn't, according to figures released by The Actuarial Profession, the collective name for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Apparently, there has been a sudden and considerable improvement in the mortality rate. Instead of improving at an average annual rate of 2.4% or so -- the rate over the last 10 years -- in 2011 it climbed to 4%.