Selfies are easy and harmless enough to take: Just turn a camera around, strike a pose, and record yourself in a memorable place in time.
However, incredible and sometimes dangerous events can unfold during that moment of inattention. There are also photographers who seek out extreme danger as a backdrop for their selfies.
Getting the perfect snapshot isn’t worth what some amateur photographers have risked — deliberately or otherwise. Several reports of deaths or serious injuries caused by selfie-taking have sprung up in recent years.
Scroll down to see rare selfies from around the world that capture some heart-pounding close calls and extreme dangers. (Warning: Do not attempt any of these shots.)
Jared Michael was taking a selfie along a railway when a train zoomed past him at full speed -- and just inches away. The train's conductor kicked Michael in the head mid-selfie, presumably to get him out of harm's way.
Reporter Kelly Nash was in Fenway Park watching batting practice when she decided to capture the moment in a selfie. A ball flew past her head right as the camera recorded a photo.
A thrill-seeker known as 'Mustang Wanted' regularly posts photos and videos from atop buildings he climbs with no safety gear. The below selfie was taken in Dubai.
Mustang Wanted isn't alone -- other young Instagram users illegally climb bridges and buildings and take selfies of the acts as a hobby. Nikita Agapov is one of them.
Ferdinand Puentes had his GoPro video camera rolling when a small plane he was in crashed into the ocean. Deciding to leave the camera rolling, he flipped the device around, capturing this selfie with the sinking plane in the background.
Alex Lopatnyuk was gator hunting in Florida and brought along a GoPro for the first time. He decided to get a selfie of himself driving -- but wasn't paying attention to the road ahead. Lopatnyuk crashed into the a truck in front of him, shattering his windshield.
This man risked his life to get a selfie at a bull-running event held in France. An onlooker recorded a video showing the risky selfie-taker getting knocked down by a bull after turning his back to it.
According to Mashable, 'a person who claims to be the selfie-taker, Francois Hofer, commented that he was thankful for the footage. He said the video was better than just the selfie itself.' We were unable to track down the actual selfie taken by Hofer.
The US Forest Service has warned the public against taking 'bear selfies' when they spot these dangerous animals in the wilderness.
Adventurous photographer George Kourounis couldn't resist getting an 'extreme' selfie while visiting an active volcano crater.
In the low-quality video snapshot below, you can see two Iranian women in a car taking a selfie video. The driver of the car, on the right, has both of her hands off the wheel. Seconds later, they crash.
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