Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.
You shouldn't do these things, because something just might go wrong.
This thought-process won't work, of course, with those who are hell-bent on pursuing extremely risky feats.
Seventeen-year-old Andrey Retrovsky from Vologda, Russia, had gained some notoriety -- at least on Instagram -- for his selfies.
speaking, some were images of him that looked like they were taken by
someone else. The effect, though, was to show his daredevil spirit. Many
were of him on rooftops or other dangerously high places.
Sadly, as the International Business Times reports,
his latest idea was to hang from a roof by a rope, thereby pretending
he was falling. But the rope reportedly snapped and he fell from the
9-story building to his death.
Some estimates suggest
that more people have been killed by selfies than by sharks in 2015.
But of course it isn't the selfie that kills, it's the person who takes
risks while taking one.
The Russian government has become particularly sensitive to the problem. Earlier this year, it issued a selfie-taking guide
that specifically warned people not to try to take selfies in dangerous
places, such as on top of trains (another popular location for
The deaths, though, keep on coming. Not all involve even hints of danger. A couple of weeks ago, a man died at the Taj Mahal trying to take a selfie. He reportedly fell down steps.
as some on Andrey R's Instagram feed have pointed out, what about the
person who was his likely partner in these escapades? How must that
person feel now?
That it wasn't worth it, one imagines, or at least hopes.