In pursuit of getting the most likes, shares, and followers on social media, people are not only risking injury but even death as well. A few years ago, a man was trying to pose for a picture on a ledge at Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel in Peru, and fell to his death. These sorts of incidents have only increased in the past few years and it seems like they will only increase. Here are 40 people who risked their lives just to take "the perfect selfie".
1. He Totally Redeemed Himself
As the statue of Christ the Redeemer legendarily overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, this person decided to redeem himself on top of it with an awesome yet scary selfie. It takes a lot of guts to take a selfie on the top of one of the New Seven Wonder of the World. This selfie is incredible but then again, it is unsafe as well.
2. This is Insane
The winds can become pretty strong the higher you go. This selfie shows how ballsy he is, but it is still reckless. Apart from the height, what is really frightening here is that this person is just holding onto a small metal thing.
3. "No Regrets”
The person uploaded this photo with a caption “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.” We fear that if he keeps on taking such dangerous selfies, one day he might not be able to wake up at all. As this selfie is already quite dangerous, this person decided to take the danger level a bit too high by literally jumping up while taking a selfie. As if it wasn’t quite risky enough.
4. A Risk Taker Couple
Okay, this selfie is by far the most dangerous and death-defying one. It is a couple that does everything together, but that doesn’t explain why they had to take such a dangerous selfie that put not one but two lives at risk. While balancing his girlfriend on his shoulders, he is simply holding on to a steel bar and there is no extra support at all. This selfie can surely give nightmares to anyone who is scared of heights.
5. Inspiring Others?
Angela Nikolau is a Russian self-taught photographer who is known for taking the most dangerous selfies ever. With over 600k followers on Instagram, her account is filled with her riskiest selfies. She took this selfie on the top of a spire in Tianjin, China. We must admit that she knows how to take selfie-art to next level, but it can’t be denied that it is a dangerous selfie.
6. Just Checking a Text
This is the second time Angela Nikolau features on our list. She has done this so many times that it seems like a casual selfie to her. It is said that repeated exposure to something scary can actually desensitize you and that’s what you can see here.
7. Real Friends Do It Together
The account ‘roundtheroofs’ has over 34k followers on Instagram and its bio states: Live up on the edge. So, that explains this artistic yet dangerous photo. We must admit that it is a dangerous looking group selfie but it is quite awesome as well. if you want to add fun to anything reckless, make sure you do it with your friends. Why put only your life in danger, right?
8. Worth The Risk
Even looking at the small cars down is giving us a scare. But this lady decided to take a selfie at the top of one of these enormous towers. Any average person would call it an insane photo, but you got to admit that it takes a lot of courage to go to such heights for the sake of adrenaline rush.
9. Not A Record-Breaking Selfie Stick
It may seem like this person took this selfie with the world’s longest selfie stick, but that is not the case. Ben Stiller is the most awesome guy as he took a selfie at the premiere of Zoolander 2 with the world’s longest selfie stick. And if your hands are sweating after watching this photo, you can have some peace of mind knowing that most people on this planet would feel the same way as well.
10. A Perfect Vacation Photo
This person visited Hong Kong and did something that not everyone does whenever they visit this Chinese special administrative region. It is a really dangerous selfie because the force of the wind generally grows much stronger the higher you travel.
11. Hong Kong Again
Alexander Remnev is from Russia and is fascinated by heights. He is often looking for the tallest buildings in the world. As it seems like Hong Kong authorities don’t really care a lot about people climbing towers, it is no surprise these young daredevils went up there quite easily. And just so you may know, this is the fifth tallest building (346 meters) in Hong Kong. He has plans of reaching to the top of all the tallest skyscrapers in the country.
12. Russian Daredevils
Alexander Remnev makes another entry on our list and this time he has a selfie taken with his group of daredevils. After looking at this selfie, we are glad the Russian police started a campaign to create awareness among people about the risk of taking a "cool selfie". This group selfie was taken from atop a 350-foot radio tower near the Kostroma River in Russia and it looks awesome yet super dangerous as well. Look at his friends who are more interested in posing for the camera rather than holding on to something for support.
13. Can You See Him?!
There are people who are always ready to take a new bet just to do something crazy. People can do some really crazy stuff just to get that adrenaline rush. The person in this photo was taking a selfie and his friend took a photo of him. Though this photo is pretty cool, it could’ve been more awesome if we could see the original selfie.
14. A Big Nope
As if taking a photo on the ledge of a tall building wasn’t dangerous enough, this person decided to take more risk. After all, the higher the risk, the more likes, shares, and followers on social media. Given that the ledge is wet and potentially icy, it is certainly something that would make any adrenaline junkie smack their lips. But it is dangerous and we just hope that he doesn’t try it again.
15. Ah, Railway Tracks Again
This person must be like "dangling from the dilapidated tracks seems like a good selfie idea." And we don't blame him because this selfie is super cool. This is the first time we’ll have to admit that it was worth the risk. Nevertheless, don’t try this because there is a risk of injury or even death if your hands slip.
16. Extreme Stuff
One thing can be said with certainty that these thrill-seeking daredevils are prepared to go to any heights. This is an extreme roofing selfie which was on top of the Votivkirche in Austria. This a death-defying selfie due to two reasons: (1) the winds at such height are stronger and can make a person lose their balance and fall to their death (2) it seems like he is holding on to a steel bar and there is no other support near him. This is insane.