The Most Dangerous Selfies around the World
26th February, 2020
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The "selfie" began as a photographic humblebrag. It started with "Look! I’m at the uber-cool party, and you are not." Now, it has gone further to people risking it all to take the most bizarre selfies. Do you know that over 250 people have died due to selfies between 2011 and 2017? But this fact has not deterred a few from climbing high above a tower to take the most epic selfie. Here are some of the most dangerous selfies we wouldn’t ever dare to think of!
Rooftopping in Hong Kong cursorinfo.co.il
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Rooftopping in Hong Kong
Rooftopping or roofing refers to climbing rooftops, antennas, cranes, and other such extremely high structures. Usually considered illegal, rooftopping became a popular thrill-seeking adventure in 2011. This is a shot of a popular rooftopper, Wu Yongning, atop a skyscraper in Hong Kong. In popular media, he was known as "Chinese Superman". Yongning died in 2017 while performing one of his rooftopping stunts above a 62-story skyscraper in Changsha, China.
The spacie archive.nyafuu.org
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The spacie
Spacewalks are no easy tasks. We all know what happened to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity. IRL, astronaut Akihiko Hoshide found a serene moment to capture his more than six-hour-long spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. Hoshide took this selfie in 2012 during Expedition 32 to the International Space Station. This one-of-a-kind selfie in space has been funnily called spacie.
Selfie atop a skyscrapper www.leparisien.fr
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Selfie atop a skyscrapper
This one is a truly vertigo-inducing selfie. Famous rooftopper Wu Yongning seems to be in a very chill mood even at this terrifying height. Yongning had become a social media star with his unbelievable stunts and selfies above some of the tallest skyscrapers of Hong Kong. Because of his antics, he got the moniker, 'daredevil Wu Yongning' along with being known as the 'Chinese Superman'.
Selfie with Christ www.dailymail.co.uk
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Selfie with Christ
The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil is 98 feet tall and 125 feet tall with the pedestal included! As far as we know, no tourists are allowed so high up this Art Deco statue. Lee Thompson, the founder of 'Flash Pack' travel company, probably has mad persuasion skills to have convinced the Brazilian Tourism Department to let him climb the massive structure and take this historic selfie. 
Selfie on a rooftop detroit.cbslocal.com
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Selfie on a rooftop
Looking at photographer Joe Gall's page Camera Jesus, you will know he has the gall (pun intended) for taking dizzy panoramic shots from above. When we look at this photo, it seems like he has an appetite for risks too. It is literally on the tip of a slippery slope with snowy, windy, and icy weather. The fact that he carried his heavy DSLR up there is completely outrageous too. 
Mustang Wanted's selfie news.bigmir.net
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Mustang Wanted's selfie
Ukrainian stuntman Pavlo Gennadiyovich Ushivets likes to be known as Mustang Wanted. What he basically does is high-altitude stunts, all with bare-minimum or zero safety equipment. He became an instant Internet celebrity when he climbed Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in Moscow and painted its spire in blue. He raised the Ukrainian flag atop the building in dedication to Ukraine's Independence Day. So much for chutzpah, we must say!
Truly hot selfie www.noticiasaominuto.com
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Truly hot selfie
This too-hot-to-handle selfie was taken by George Kourounis near Ambrym volcano in Vanuatu. Kourounis is an adventurer and storm chaser known for his television series 'Angry Planet'. He has a penchant not only for documenting extreme weather and worldwide natural disasters but also for taking such wildly insane selfies and photos. We are just glad he is wearing protective gear unlike many others who have joined the volcano selfie bandwagon.
Skywalking over Shenzhen www.topnews.gr
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Skywalking over Shenzhen
What was Daniel Lau thinking?! We guess it was just another day of adventure for this is an Instagram influencer. Lau is an urban daredevil adventure with a knack for climbing some of the highest skyscrapers around them and taking selfies. His Instagram account is filled with crazy vertigo-inducing shots. Sometimes he is alone and sometimes he is with fellow skywalkers.
The Center selfie www.publimetro.cl
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The Center selfie
How to act casual at 1,135 feet above the city? Ask Daniel Lau and his two friends who are in this mind-boggling selfie atop The Center, the fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. But this doesn't seem to deter Lau and his two friends who are eating bananas and enjoying the view of the city pretty nonchalantly. Definitely something we would never sign up for!
The famous bear selfie www.azcentral.com
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The famous bear selfie
In May 2014 when Jacob Bean posted a selfie with a bear in the background, he didn't expect his photo to become viral. The photo became an instant Internet sensation, even featured in the Jimmy Kimmel show! Backpackers and tourists tried to get close to a bear and take their own selfies risking their lives. The twist: Bean's bear selfie was photoshopped. The takeaway? Never trust everything that goes viral
The bull selfie viagens.sapo.pt
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The bull selfie
If you thought running with bulls is crazy, the bullfie is the next level of this craziness. In 2015, a 32-year-old died when he tried to snap a selfie in the running area. So, you need to be very brave or very stupid to take a bullfie. According to the rules of the event, it is illegal for participants to take photos during the bull run. 
Canyon's edge selfie itc.ua
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Canyon's edge selfie
Did you know that nearly 12 deaths happen every year at the Grand Canyon? Although not all deaths happen due to selfies, an average of two or three deaths are due to falls over the rim. However, such statistics have not deterred a few folks who precipitously hang or dangle their feet from the extreme edges of the canyon, just to take a selfie.
Skywalking in NYC www.cbsnews.com
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Skywalking in NYC
Skywalking or roofing became a trend around 2013 when a few young Russian men started climbing atop skyscrapers, tall monuments, towers, and bridges to take lurch-in-the-stomach photos. The scariest part is not the photos but the fact that these daredevils barely use any safety gear! Skywalking has become a global phenomenon with skywalkers garnering thousands of followers on social media.
Selfie with jellyfish viagens.sapo.pt
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Selfie with jellyfish
Seems like photographer Nadia Aly did not want your run-of-the-mill scuba diving photos with just some fishes and aquatic fauna around her. Why? Because she was in the middle of the epic Jellyfish Lake in Palau. The lake is home to the golden jellyfish and the moon jellyfish. Fortunately, the jellyfish in this lake have evolved and lost their sting over millions of years
The unlucky camelfie www.vice.com
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The unlucky camelfie
As if selfies with bears were not enough! Camels are known to be gentler creatures when compared to wild bears. Search on Instagram for the hashtag #camelfie, you will find hundreds of selfies with sleeping droopy camels in the background. But this camel definitely had a wild side when it bared its not-so-pearly-whites. This is one painful selfie we could live without on a vacation.
The suspended model celeblives.net
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The suspended model
Want to boost your Instagram followers in a day? Do what she did. Viki Odintcova, a 26-year-old Russian model decided to dangle off the 1,004-foot tall Cayan Tower in Dubai. She even tilted backward while holding the male assistant's hand for a quick click before hanging between life and death. While her stunt may have gone viral on social media, she was later warned by Dubai police.
The Princess' Ace www.blitzquotidiano.it
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The Princess' Ace
Alexander Remnev was 19 when he decided to climb multiple towers in Dubai. He was on holiday with his friends and had scaled several skyscrapers in the city, with the 1,350-ft Princess Tower among that list. While it may seem dangerous to us, the rooftopper claimed that scaling buildings in Dubai is easier than other countries, owing to their open roofs.
Get, set, missile, selfie! www.fresher.ru
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Get, set, missile, selfie!
An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot of the Royal Danish Air Force, Thomas Kristensen, soared high on the Internet when a screen-grab from the video of a GoPro camera was posted on the force's Facebook page. The selfie-grab was taken when the pilot fired an AIM-9L air-to-air missile, which, if you ask us, is pretty darn cool. The selfie became viral after Ellen DeGeneres' "Oscar selfie" broke the Internet!
The Record-ing runner www.dailymail.co.uk
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The Record-ing runner
Here's a man, wanted by the police, for taking a dangerous selfie while running away from bulls at the San Fermín festival in Pamplona. You're thinking, "Isn't the festival dangerous by itself?" Yes, it is. Under new rules for the bull fest, recording or taking pictures can distract a runner, posing a threat to himself and others during the run.
At the tip of Votivkirche elfandarilha.blogspot.com
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At the tip of Votivkirche
"No, I'm not scared," reads the Facebook bio of Pavlo Ushivets, who goes by the name of Mustang Wanted. Witnesses said they saw him use scaffolding for a part of the building and then spider his way to the top without any equipment. Mustang climbed back down the structure and vanished before the cops could make it to the scene.
Cliff-ie elfandarilha.blogspot.com
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Cliff-ie
Diving beside a beautiful waterfall has turned into an international trend. Here's one who dived while trying to click a selfie. All she managed to capture was a funny dive attempt, hair in her face, and an adrenaline rush before crashing into the water below. As fun as it may seem, there are numerous deaths caused while diving and trying to click a selfie only makes it worse.
Manhattan roof madness www.keblog.it
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Manhattan roof madness
Victor Thomas thinks of himself as an "urban explorer," because apart from scaling those tall buildings, he loves spelunking old subway stations as well. He does it for respect, money, and especially for the love of art. The adventurist has posted pictures of himself along with a few friends at the edge of skyscrapers across Manhattan, giving audiences a thrilling point of view.
The selfie of Egypt www.gazeta.ru
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The selfie of Egypt
In 2014, Vitaliy Raskalov, a Russian photographer, illegally climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the oldest Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Vitaliy, along with two friends, risked the climb aware that they could go to jail for trespassing upon the 139 meters global wonder. However, the climbers were able to snap photographs that others could only ever dream of.
Antenna tele-selfie www.catersnews.com
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Antenna tele-selfie
People want to be on television. But, Ervin Punkar went a step ahead and scaled up the Tartu TV mast, which was built in 1857. How cool is that? The enthusiast, along with two of his best friends, took an hour to make it to the top of this 600-ft television tower, with no safety equipment at all. Once there, he took an amazing selfie as proof of his achievement.
The scary sharkfie welikeit.fr
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The scary sharkfie
We've all clicked that happy-go-lucky picture beside a goldfish in a jar, but Aaron Gekoski clicked selfies with sharks surrounding him. He did not cage himself during the entire experience and may even consider himself lucky to be alive after a spooked shark tried to grab his camera and almost bit off his finger. The moral? Never play with the big fish, especially the ones with pointy teeth.
Stroll over Tower Bridge www.mirror.co.uk
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Stroll over Tower Bridge
"I guess this is CassOnline signing out and if I make it through this I'll see you in the next episode," said CassOnline, a YouTuber who recorded and clicked selfies of himself and the audience below, as he scaled London's Tower Bridge. He was later detained and interviewed because, well, scaling the bridge is illegal. He also complimented the response time of the authorities at the scene.
Cranefie? Check! www.zekeymedia-zw.com
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Cranefie? Check!
Adrenaline junkie, James Kingston, scaled up a 250-ft crane in Southampton, England, to click selfies with his GoPro camera. Kingston said that once he got to the top, he stayed there for an hour, enjoying the beautiful view and that he wanted to get up to the top in time for the sunrise. The climber states that life is too short to worry about the future. We beg to differ.
Brooklyn dials 911 extra.globo.com
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Brooklyn dials 911
A college student from Tennessee made his way to an unauthorized area of the Brooklyn Bridge and clicked a selfie. He clicked the picture while standing on the side railing of the bridge. We do not know if he was just plain innocent, or if he did it intentionally. However, after being arrested in his home state, they deemed his actions as "irresponsible and illegal".
Strike not one www.nyugat.hu
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Strike not one
Wear a helmet the next time you watch the game in the stadium. Kelly Nash, a sports reporter, reporting at Red Sox's home in Boston, avoided the baseball hit. Though she was warned of the team practice behind her, the reporter took a selfie for her family. It was only when she reviewed her photos that she noticed how a mid-air baseball almost knocked her lights out.
Catch and click mymmanews.com
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Catch and click
Have you ever been swindled of your personal belongings, ever longing to apprehend the thief that got away? Kevin Barkhouse, a Mixed Martial Art specialist, was one of those who managed to catch the thief. While holding down the man for a citizen's arrest, he managed to click a selfie of himself and the guilty. That is surely a story and memory to keep in the family forever.
Gone in a burst of light www.visordown.com
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Gone in a burst of light
Let's face it, taking a selfie while driving or riding, no matter what the vehicle, is bad for you and anyone. Hundreds of accidents occur daily and all because someone wants to get that perfect picture of themselves while cruising at high speeds. While clicking selfies on a bike may be fun, it is something we do not recommend.
Struck by the wing www.dailymail.co.uk
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Struck by the wing
Here's an odd way to die. Two teens were at an airstrip in Mexico when the selfie mishap occurred. Reports state that they were standing at the back of the van clicking pictures even after being warned by people. They were unaware of the plane approaching them, and they were hit by its wing. The girls died due to instant fatal injuries.
Rattled by the click fox13now.com
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Rattled by the click
Why can't people just click pictures with dogs, cats, birds, or even cute pigs (Yeah, those are cute.) A Californian man spotted a rattlesnake and decided to pick it up and take a selfie with it. Of course, he was bitten and was rushed to the hospital with a swollen hand and a burning sensation through his body. So yes, do not mess with snakes.
The skydive selfie www.youtube.com
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The skydive selfie
Honestly, skydiving is a lot of fun. Imagine jumping from a thousand feet above sea level as you plummet toward the ground while taking a selfie of yourself all the way. While it is rare that a selfie stick may have been caught up in the parachute, there has been a wide range of incidents where parachutes have failed mid-air, leading to the death of many.
Not so lucky horseshoe www.msn.com
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Not so lucky horseshoe
The Horseshoe Bend overlook in Arizona is famous for a large number of tourists that it attracts every year. A lot of people end up losing their lives owing to bad judgment of location while taking a selfie. Even today, visitors are not restricted to the railings, and are allowed to move freely to other locations without any supervision.
Caught by his own camera www.nydailynews.com
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Caught by his own camera
There have been many incidents where people have been arrested for unlawful possession of weapons. A lot of these people click selfies while posing with a gun, unaware of the danger they pose to themselves. However, Jules Bahler, was arrested after posting gun selfies to Facebook in connection with three bank robberies in Michigan. Oh, how the tables turned for Jules.
Couple on a crane spotlightenglish.com
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Couple on a crane
Where would you go for a romantic evening? A classy restaurant, a movie, a candlelight seaside dinner? Angela Nikolau and her boyfriend Ivan Beerkus scaled the highest crane in Hong Kong in 2017, taking "couple goals" to a whole different level. The couple tends to scale a lot of structures and has a massive fan following on social media. We are still going to stick with the candlelight dinner.
Soaring skies with Kirill Oreshkin imgur.com
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Soaring skies with Kirill Oreshkin
Kirill Oreshkin "The Russian Spider-Man'' has climbed not just one, but many tall towers, cranes, and other structures with no safety equipment, and just a camera. He says, "Using safety measures changes something – no one is going to recognize that you really risked your life." No, he's not crazy, he's just an adventurist, we think. We wouldn't ride a bike without a helmet.
High in San Francisco travel.resourcemagonline.com
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High in San Francisco
There are plenty of things that one can do in a day in San Francisco. You could take a bridge-to-bridge tour, visit the California Academy of Sciences, hop aboard the Big Bus Classic Tour, or be like Benjamin Wong and scale up some of the tallest buildings in the city. That's right, check out how the height enthusiast has clicked a selfie, with an array of skyscrapers in the background.
Selfie off the Austrian roof travel.resourcemagonline.com
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Selfie off the Austrian roof
Austria is beautiful and breathtaking, and a sight that soothes sore eyes. But what you did not know is that Benjamin Wong climbed a steep roof in this heaven on earth, giving us a deeper and steeper perspective of what nature beholds in this mountain-dominated country. Notice as he turns away to look at the view, putting his life at an even greater risk.
Going insane in Ukraine tollskoef.com
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Going insane in Ukraine
Behold! A death-defying photographer, Vadim Makhorov, went to extreme lengths (quite literally) to capture that perfect selfie. In this picture, notice how he stands on a railing narrower than his feet. The entire image brings out this dramatic effect, one we would never want to witness in real life. We have nothing but respect for this man and all others like him.
The railway kick fox4kc.com
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The railway kick
Most of us steer clear of a moving train, especially one that moves at high speeds, but not this guy. Jared Michael did not move away from the track when the train was bolting in his direction but instead stood there to click a selfie. Luckily for him, the conductor kicked him in the head to push him away from his potential death.
Mustang and the crane 112.ua
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Mustang and the crane
He set up a Ukrainian flag on top of a Moscow building, later painted a star on the building in yellow and blue, and has even left his mark in Dubai. A few years ago, the adrenaline junkie climbed a 452-meter high crane in Dubai and then published the video on his YouTube channel. As fun as it sounds, let's note that he was arrested after painting that initial flag.
Selfie with the crash bemethis.com
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Selfie with the crash
Sad but true, Ferdinand Puentes was a passenger on a plane that came crashing down into the Pacific Ocean. However, when the sirens went off, he had his GoPro camera rolling and managed to capture a selfie with the sinking plane while it sunk to the ocean floor. Tragically, a fellow passenger on-board the flight died in the plane crash.
James 'skilling' it in India s30670009261.mirtesen.ru
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James 'skilling' it in India
James Kingston, who is popular for dangling off a crane with one hand in Southampton, had traveled to Bangalore, India, for yet another stunt. As always, he climbed up a yellow crane, wearing no harness or any safety gear. The artist then hangs with one hand from the bars of the crane and clicks a selfie of his achievement.
Hammered by the engine www.dinamei.com
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Hammered by the engine
A man named Shiva in Hyderabad, India decided to click a selfie while pointing at an incoming train. Maybe he just miscalculated the width of the locomotive, because he ended up at the hospital after owing to head and hand injuries. There are quite a few train tragedies recorded yearly and most of them are a result of human carelessness.
Smile for the hyena www.thesun.co.uk
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Smile for the hyena
As an explorer, Kim Wolhunter spends time with a lot of animals for 18 months, so they do not bite him when he approaches them. Which is why Kim was able to get close to Tumelo, a hyena that trusts him, and grab a selfie with the giggling animal. Just looking at that image makes us feel like he's going to lose his face any minute.
High in Shanghai www.thesun.co.uk
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High in Shanghai
A daughter of a Moscow trapeze artist, Angela Nikolau considers each photograph and every climb as an art. The model who previously took a picture from the Eiffel Tower is seen standing on top of a building at Shanghai Disneyland Park. While it is dangerous to perform such stunts, the female artist makes it all look as easy as ABC.
Beam balance at Serra Do Mar www.ntv.com.mx
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Beam balance at Serra Do Mar
The Serra Do Mar may be a bridge utilized by passing trains, but it has recently become a tourist spot for those who can't resist vertigo. Many have lost their lives at this landmark, though a lot of people still climb onto its beams to get that one "awesome" selfie. While the rush may be great, we for one are certainly happy just looking at the pictures.
Selfie with the lion of the sea www.asianetnews.com
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Selfie with the lion of the sea
Here's a man who decided to take a picture with a sea lion. Cute, ain't it? But a sea lion weighs over 700 pounds and is just as fierce as the name suggests. Unfortunately for the man, he turned his back toward this creature. As soon as he was done getting the photograph, it took a nibble off of him. Not your average aquarium selfie.