Selfie Trend Put Into Perspective: The Total Number Of Selfie-Related Deaths Since 2014

Selfie Deaths

Russian daredevil Instagrammer Kirill Oreshkin (top). Image Source: Kirill Oreshkin / Instagram

Even if you’re not among the 95% of millennials that take selfies, you know that the selfie is the reigning king of amateur photography. According to a wave of recent reporting, the prevalence of selfies is utterly staggering: the average millennial will take 25,700 in their lifetime; it is claimed that females aged 16 to 25 spend five hours taking selfies per week; and on average, 93 million selfies are taken worldwide each day.

But perhaps the most shocking statistic involves a far smaller number: 49. That’s the number of people that have died taking a selfie since just 2014.

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Video Of The Day: How Long Bill Murray Actually Spent Trapped in Groundhog Day

In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a hapless soul stuck living and re-living Groundhog Day on Feb. 2. Exactly how much time elapsed during Connors’ entrapment has been debated for years.
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Five Astounding Survival Stories That Prove That Death Is Only An Option

Even when faced with the likes of shipwreck, cannibalism, bear attack, or a six-and-a-half-mile free fall, the human will to survive never ceases to amaze. These five tales are the proof.

Survival Stories

Vesna Vulović stayed alive after her plane exploded in mid-air. World War II commando Jan Baalsrud swam, with one boot, through Arctic water after the Germans sunk his boat. Hugh Glass survived a bear attack and even managed to kill the bear. Anna Bågenholm found an air pocket and kept breathing for 40 minutes after she became trapped in frozen water beneath an ice sheet. Owen Chase’s boating crew survived two whale attacks and an island engulfed in flames.

But in all of these cases, what happened next is the truly amazing part. These five astounding survival stories will have you believing in the indomitable, indefatigable will of the human spirit, or the astounding heights of dumb luck, or both…

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The Dream Chaser Spacecraft And The New Golden Age Of Space Travel

How the appropriately named Dream Chaser spacecraft could usher us — all of us, even you — into a bold new era of space travel.

Dream Chaser Spacecraft

An artist’s rendering of Sierra Nevada’s Dream chaser Spacecraft. Image Source: Sierra Nevada Corporation

With all the recent attention paid to SpaceX’s successful test of the first reusable spacecraft, few have noticed that Elon Musk’s company isn’t the only game in town.

In fact, NASA just recently announced the three companies that will be delivering cargo to the International Space Station in the coming years. Among them is, indeed, SpaceX, in addition to Orbital ATK (whose craft isn’t reusable), as well as a third, less well-known but altogether more interesting, company: Sierra Nevada.

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