As long as we are pointlessly comparing numbers, the 43,200 highway deaths in 2005 far exceed the 2,977 deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq, which exceeds the number of people killed during the 9/11 attacks.
The number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin is still unknown, but I nominate Christopher Torchia of the AP as the pin head to be used for the counting.
I even have a book in mind for him.
Update: As usual, Lex got there first. Oh, well.