Are you ready to dive into the world of daredevil deadliest selfies, where risking life and limb is just another day’s work? Well, hold onto your hats (or safety helmets) because we’re about to take a hilarious journey through the realm of death-defying self-portraits that make us question humanity’s quest for the perfect shot.
Let’s start with the basics:
selfies; We’ve all taken them, and let’s face it, your social media is probably swamped with them right now. It’s a selfie-saturated world out there, and you don’t even need to check – you know it’s true.
But here’s the kicker: selfies aren’t just your everyday, run-of-the-mill snapshots anymore. No, folks, they’ve gone extreme! In fact, between 2011 and 2017, a jaw-dropping 259 people met their maker while chasing the elusive perfect selfie, according to a study published by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. Yes, you read that correctly! Selfies are officially a life-threatening sport.
So, what’s the thrill? Well, it seems like some folks have an unquenchable thirst for danger. They’ve decided that a skyscraper’s edge, a perilous cliff, a rickety bridge, or a giant friggen buffalo is the perfect backdrop for a photo to remember. Why? Maybe they’re adrenaline junkies. Perhaps they believe that life’s worth living on the edge. Or maybe, just maybe, they haven’t fully grasped the concept of danger.
ALL About the deadliest selfies
Let’s take a tour of some of the most mind-boggling, death-defying, deadliest selfies out there. First up, Yekaterinburg, Russia, where taking a selfie is apparently a dizzying experience, both figuratively and literally. Russia has seen such a surge in selfie-related injuries and deaths that it launched a “safe selfie” campaign. You know things are bad when your government has to tell you not to take life-threatening photos.
Then there’s Rio de Janeiro, where daredevils venture onto a bridge with active trains just for that adrenaline rush. Bridges seem to be a selfie magnet, with nearly a dozen people falling off of them while trying to snap the perfect pic since 2014. Seriously, guys, there are safer ways to achieve social media stardom.
But it’s not just Russia and Brazil. The selfie madness has spread worldwide. Take Daniel Lau, the daredevil photographer who regularly risks life and limb for that perfect shot. His Instagram feed is a literal playground of danger, where skyscrapers in Hong Kong provide the shocking backdrop for his death-defying art.
Then there’s Angela Nikolau, who hash-tagged her selfie from Tianjin, China, with #deadliest selfies. Because clearly, the risk of death is a small price to pay for likes and followers. How she even got to that precarious spot is a mystery for the ages.
But wait, there’s more! Lee Thompson, a travel blogger, was challenged by the Brazilian tourism board to snap a selfie from the top of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue. He survived, but did he really need to put his life on the line for a photo op?
Pamplona, Spain, is famous for its running of the bulls, a tradition dating back to 1591. Three people were gored in 2019, and none of them were taking deadliest selfies. So maybe, just maybe, running for your life is not the ideal time to be thinking about your social media game.
Now, meet Alexander Remnev, another selfie enthusiast who’s clearly too cool to care about the mortal peril he’s in while posing on skyscrapers in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He even asks his followers if they know how many people have died due to selfie incidents. It’s not exactly cocktail party conversation, but we’ll tell you anyway: way too many!
Volcano selfies have become a thing, so much so that the Royal Geographic Society in the UK had to warn people to stop due to deadly falls. George Kourounis, a National Geographic explorer, took it up a notch by getting frighteningly close to Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano. Thank goodness for that protective suit, right?
But don’t worry, these daredevils claim to be advocates for responsible behavior. The guy diving with sharks, for instance, wants you to know that he’s been diving for over a decade and has done thousands of dives. In other words, he’s telling you not to try this at home (or in the ocean) without proper training. Thanks for the tip, Captain Obvious!
So, there you have it, folks – the wonderful world of dangerous deadliest selfies, where risking life and limb for the perfect shot is just another day at the office. Remember, next time you’re tempted to scale a skyscraper, dive with sharks, or taunt a charging bull, maybe just stick to a good old-fashioned selfie with your dog. It’s safer, and your furry friend won’t judge you for risking your life for a selfie.
So, for all you who feel the need to take dangerous selfies, thank you! We that are still amongst the living are thoroughly entertained, even if you are trampled by that super friendly, fuzzy buffalo. So, if you’re willing, go for it…the rest of us will continue to write about it 😉 Travel Till You Drop