More People Died This Year Taking Selfies Than By Sharks

September 25, 2015

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In news that shouldn't surprise anybody who's ever seen somebody in the car beside them trying to take the perfect driving selfie, human vanity has killed more people so far this year than shark attacks (12 to 8). Surprisingly, the majority have actually been tourists trying to take pictures of themselves in unfamiliar places and not jackasses doing something stupid who were planning on tagging their photo #YOLNT because they think they're cats.

It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't: The deaths are a tragic reminder to travelers that focusing on a phone screen instead of unfamiliar surroundings is not safe.


Four of the selfie deaths this year...were caused by falling.

The next leading cause of deaths involving selfies was being hit or injured by trains, either because the individual was taking trying to get a photo with a train or because the photo they wanted involved getting on dangerous equipment.

Damn, getting hit by a train -- that is not how I want to go at all. Unless it's that dog train from the last post, in which case, okay, I would die happy. Actually, I probably wouldn't even die, I'd just get a little maimed happy. Then at the hospital the doctor will ask what was the last thing I remember was and I'll tell him I remember it all, there were dogs barking and I was having the time of my life.

Thanks to Michael C, who only takes selfies in controlled environments because if he's gonna die, it's gonna be fighting a shark.

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