More people have died while trying to taking a ‘selfie’ than from shark attacks this year, according to the Huffington Post.
This year eight people have been killed by sharks, but 12 have lost their life while trying to take a photo of themselves.
A 66-year-old tourist from Japan recently died after falling down some stairs while trying to take a photo at the Taj Mahal in India.
In July, a woman from Mississippi was gored to death by a bison while visiting Yellowstone National Park. She had been trying to take a selfie in close proximity to the animals.
Some people just suffered near death experiences. In May when a 21-year-old woman survived accidentally shooting herself in the head while posing for a selfie with a gun in Moscow, the BBC reported.
Of course we don’t think that these people removing themselves from the gene pool have done humanity much harm, but the the situation is worrying Russian officials so much that it distributed an illustrated booklet to warn people of dangerous scenarios involved in taking such pictures as part of its Safe Selfie campaign.
In a statement, campaign organiser Yelena Alekseyeva said: “Our booklet reminds you of how to take a safe selfie, so it is not the last one you will ever take.”
The campaign’s motto is: “Even a million ‘likes’ on social media are not worth your life and well-being”. We suspect the sort of people who need to read the booklet are the last people who will do so.