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Selfies can be dangerous, and deadly

Planking was a big deal a few years ago. The act involves people taking pictures of themselves in front of famous landmarks while in a planking position. It was funny for about 5 seconds and then, like most social media crazes, quickly became tiresome.

Now planking feels like the good old days. Selfies are the new "thing" and at times, they can be deadly. News this week that a tourist fell to his death while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal. 

But he's not alone. In Russia the selfie problem is so bad it led to a public awareness campaign about the dangers of taking them in places best left unexplored, like the roofs of railway cars where some people have been electrocuted.

Mashable crunched the numbers. According to the site, more people have died this year while taking selfies than by shark attacks.

Some tourist attractions, particularly museums, have taken steps to ban selfie sticks altogether. But it doesn't look like the selfie craze will be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›