Picture it. Brazil, 2015 … some idiot (actually, quite a few people) climbs Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue to get a selfie, and lives to tell the tale.
Apparently, he’s the lucky one. A month or so ago, during Villaseca de la Sagra, a man taking a selfie was gored by a bull. He died. A couple of days ago, a Japanese tourist attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal, fell down a flight of stairs and died. There’s a goddamned Wiki on selfie deaths!
While on vacation this year, I was a taken aback by all the people buying and walking around with selfie sticks, knocking into other people, oblivious to everyone around them as they tried to get just the right shot. People, pictures are nice mementos to have and share, but a) I can attest that you look like a complete idiot setting up your shot, and b) they’re sure as hell not worth your life. And, if you think I’m exaggerating, just check this out; according to a new study,
More people have died taking selfies than in shark attacks. Say what? No, seriously. According to Conde Nast Traveler, despite all the shark attacks you’ve read about this year, selfies are more deadly, and the top methods of selfie death are:
2. Hit by train (gah!)
Gorings by animal have become so prevalent, Yellowstone National Park has made a very specific rule about how far away from bison (75 ft.) people must be.
Russian authorities have even made a handy chart.
If you’re prone to the dangerous habit of taking selfies, I suggest you print that out and carry a copy with you. Better yet, upload it to your phone and set it as the background image.
Don’t become the title subject of the next big horror film.