Have you noticed all those people around you who are constantly trying to capture a perfect selfie or holiday snapshot? This compilation from Ozzy Man Reviews will show you why acting like this can be dangerous. But also, it shows how people who constantly take snapshots with their phones can make our lives more interesting.
There you are, paragliding away at 2,500ft, so you whip out your phone to take a quick selfie. Who wouldn’t, right? Well, this one unnamed paraglider thought the same. Not only did he pull out his phone, but he also put it on the end of a selfie stick. After a few seemingly successful shots, he pulls it back in and as he removes the phone from the stick, it falls and plummets to the ground. From 2,500ft.
Is this the ultimate accidental phone drop test? The paraglider is also wearing a camera on his helmet, presumably a GoPro, but from this footage, once the phone slips, it’s impossible to spot.
How stupid people can act just to get photos probably shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but it still does. A French family recently visited Beekse Bergen safari park in the Netherlands, where they got out of the car to take photos of cheetahs. And the big cats acted naturally: they started chasing the family because they were invading their territory.
I thought the wave of stupid selfie deaths had ended, although it seems you’re still more likely to die from a selfie than a shark attack. The latest in the long line of no-longer-with-us selfie shooters is Prabhu Bhatara. The Independent report that after stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Bhataru spotted an injured bear in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India.
They say that fellow passengers suggested it might not be the best idea for him to take a photo with the animal. But it seems that he knew better and tried anyway. After getting close to the bear, it struck out, which was followed by a struggle between the two. They also report that a stray dog came to the man’s defence and bit the bear, while onlookers, umm… looked on, but it failed to deter the bear.
On August 4, a family who visited Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, UK damaged an 800-year-old sandstone coffin. I bet you can guess why – to take a photo. The parents lifted their child over the barrier so he could reach the coffin. This is when a part of the artifact fell from its stand and a chunk of it broke off.
To make things worse, the visitors didn’t report the damage to the staff. Instead, they tried to sneak away from the museum, but they were caught on security cameras.
How far people would go for a selfie probably shouldn’t surprise me anymore. However, they seem to constantly push the boundaries. Earlier this month, a baby dolphin was stranded on a busy beach in Spain. Curious tourists passed the poor animal around to take photos with it, instead of contacting the authorities. Eventually, the dolphin died, due to a high level of stress.
We already know selfies often go hand in hand with recklessness and stupidity. Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama felt this on her own skin. Only a few days after opening her exhibition, one of her highly-valued pumpkin sculptures was damaged – because of a selfie.
It seems that “Selfie Stupidity” isn’t going to stop any time soon. In this latest act of idiocy, French woman Muriel Benetulier was attacked by a crocodile in the Khao Yai National Park while posing for a photo with it. Bangkok Post reports that according to Khao Yai park rangers, the attack occurred on Sunday afternoon. Mrs Benetulier and her husband spotted a crocodile around 2m (6’6″) in length basking in the sun near a canal.
As often seems to happen these days, Mrs Benetulier decided she wanted a photograph of herself with the crocodile. There were warning signs around, in English, warning hikers to keep to the trail and watch out for reptiles. They ignored them. Posing for the photo, she squatted near the crocodile to have her husband take the shot. As she was getting back up, she tripped, which caused the crocodile to attack.
I arrived in Ireland a couple days ago, and I have been taking plenty of photos along the way. I’ll post them in future articles, but there is something more important to discuss for now: the dangerous, idiotic behavior I saw at the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most iconic sights. At upwards of 700 feet (210 meters) tall, and dropping directly into the sea, it is no wonder that they are such a well-visited place. Unfortunately, as in Yellowstone National Park, this popularity comes at a price. Not everyone follows the established trails rules, and several people die each year falling off the cliffs; in fact, to warn visitors of the danger, a memorial statue was placed at the path’s trailhead.
Here’s another one to add to the list of dangerous selfies. Walking across hot coals and stopping to take a selfie; if it wasn’t obvious enough already.
Approximately 40 people have been treated for burn injuries for allegedly doing exactly that during a Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” seminar at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas recently.