20 Insane Selfies That Will Make You Wonder What On Earth They Were Thinking

By now, the world has pretty much gotten used to the fact that selfies are a thing. But sometimes, you’ll see someone trying to snap a pic of themselves in a way that just makes you question humanity all over again. These insane selfies, then, range from the wildly inappropriate to the dangerous and the downright bizarre.

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Ticking pretty much all those boxes is this icy snapshot, taken using what can only be called a literal selfie stick. Quite how the ice isn’t sinking, we’ll never know – nor how those guys even got onto it in the first place. Either way, you’ve got to be pretty mad to put that much trust in a thin layer of ice.

An emergency landing is generally a time to hold your loved ones close and pray to your chosen deity for a positive outcome. And it’s certainly not a time to start taking selfies. However, that’s exactly what Nathan Phelps and his partner did during a flight in 2014, posting the image to Twitter with the hashtag #scaredselfie. Really, they look anything but terrified, though.

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If there was ever a place not to take a selfie, it must be at a funeral. Especially not a selfie where you’re smiling and laughing along with your sister, moreover. Adding #memorial and #rip hashtags doesn’t change the situation – and definitely shouldn’t soothe your conscience, either.

And if you’re a firefighter, your first thought upon seeing a burning building probably shouldn’t be “this would make for a great selfie.” Alas, that was apparently what went through this guy’s mind. What’s more, the photo somehow found its way online. We can’t imagine he kept his job very long…

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When Imgur user Rorchy decided he’d had enough of everyone else’s beautiful selfies, there was seemingly only one thing for it. He had to take his own “scary selfies.” And somehow falling under that umbrella is this picture of a pair of East-African Giant Land Snails straddling his face. Obviously.

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Does anyone have any idea what’s going on here? Seriously – we’d love to know. Try as we might, we just can’t wrap our heads around why this guy is standing alone while pouring chocolate sauce down his bare torso and taking a selfie. Indeed, the thought processes of some people truly are unfathomable.

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It’s good to take pride in things. And, by things, we mean your achievements, passions and hobbies. Generally not your lawnmower. This guy clearly doesn’t care, however, posing for what must be one of the world’s weirdest selfies. Props to him, though – that can’t be the lightest object to hoist onto your shoulder.

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If you’re going to commit a robbery, it’s usually not a good idea to take a selfie immediately beforehand. Sure, these teenage girls might have hidden their faces with balaclavas before robbing a fast food restaurant in Sweden in 2013. That didn’t stop police tracking them down, however. And, of course, it didn’t take long for them to find the incriminating selfies on the girls’ phones…

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If you don’t feel brave enough to intervene, then documenting public acts of violence can be crucial in giving the police all the evidence they need. But that doesn’t mean you need to include your own features in the picture – particularly when you’re grinning as widely as this guy. Absolutely not cool.

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Back in the early 2010s, a new trend emerged among selfie-takers, who began shooting pictures of themselves on train tracks – like the guy above. Tragically, it all ended in disaster for many, including three young girls who were hit and killed in Utah after taking a selfie in front of an oncoming train.

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Someone should really tell YouTube and Vine star Chris Melberger that this isn’t how selfie sticks work. But then again, who are we to say what’s right and what isn’t? Maybe he just really wanted to show off his new selfie stick.

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We’re pretty sure that eventually, every single photo of your kids is going to look like this. Birthdays, graduations, weddings: they’ll all just be photos of someone taking a selfie. Yes, what a great way to immortalize those precious family moments.

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Have you ever been so desperate to take a selfie that you’d risk breaking your phone – and maybe your neck? Well, this girl apparently was – and without any good, practical reason, as she still has one hand free. We guess she just couldn’t resist showing off how very flexible she is.

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This guy clearly wasn’t satisfied with his real mustache and so turned to his chest hair for a super-size alternative. That’s the only reason we can think of for this particularly dramatic manscaping, anyway. Or maybe he was just really committed to Movember?

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And now presenting the little-known superhero, the “Human Sandwich.” What on Earth was going through this guy’s mind is anyone’s guess. All we know is that that’s a horrible waste of quality ingredients. Well, perhaps just ingredients. It doesn’t get much weirder than this.

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Peering in through someone’s window to take a selfie? Yeah, this guy could stand to learn a couple of lessons from the girls who were arrested for their pre-robbery selfie. If you don’t want to get caught in the act, don’t immortalize the moment on your phone.

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The staycationer’s scuba-diving selfie. You’ve got to ask why, though. Never mind the fish tank’s carefully filtered ecosystem being completely disrupted by whatever bacteria is currently clinging to the guy’s head. There’s no way that can be a pleasant experience for him, either.

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Not all animals are cool with posing for a selfie, it seems. Indeed, when this girl tried to snap a pic with a camel, she got a nasty surprise and it all ended pretty badly for her. Still, we can only hope she’s learned her lesson.

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It’s a pretty safe bet to assume that you just did a double-take looking at that picture. Or maybe even a triple-take. Still, you’ve got to hand it to the guy for getting his cat to sit still long enough to take the snap. Although what inspired him to do it in the first place is beyond us.

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In the world of the selfie, it’s pretty hard to stand out as a true hipster. But this guy has managed it – he started taking selfies before cameraphones existed, apparently. Quite how this photo was even taken, though, we’ll have to leave to you to figure out…

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