The Selfie. What began as a photographic humblebrag — “I’m at the beach and you’re not!”, “Hey, check out my abs!”, “Yes, I really do look this good when I wake up!” — has quickly morphed into an international game of one-upmanship in which individuals risk it all (literally) to snap a photo where the only prize that awaits them is the possibility of a million or so strangers “liking” what they see. If the selfie goes wrong? Death, dismemberment, jail time, and public humiliation are among the many possible repercussions.
In early November, a Polish medical student fell 15 feet to her death after she lost her balance while trying to take a selfie atop Puente de Triana bridge in Seville, Spain. In August, a Polish couple was killed when they slipped while posing for a picture on the extreme edge of Cabo de Roca in Portugal, as their children looked on. In April, a Russian teen was electrocuted when she fell from a bridge in Saint Petersburg while attempting a railway selfie.
Still, extreme selfies proliferate, despite the warnings and even laws put into place to prevent even more of these unnecessary tragedies. Here are some of the most dangerous selfies ever taken by individuals lucky enough to survive the ordeal. It should go without saying, do not try this at home.