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Selfies Cause of Health Hazards in Russia

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Time was when a Russian government campaign warning citizens about the danger of taking selfies would have raised questions beyond personal safety. Not to mention spawning jokes about how any reported dangers being only the tip of the iceberg in a country formerly part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, aka "The Evil Empire," as the late Ronald Reagan once described it while president of the U.S.

However, following reports that a sizable number of people had been injured as a result of attempting to take a self-portrait by smartphone, Russia's Interior Ministry decided to raise awareness about the risks involved in the practice.

As one ministry aide told Agence France-Presse (AFP), "Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing. Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure."

To that end, the ministry published a "Safe Selfie" pamphlet that uses warning-sign graphics to illustrate certain scenarios that could ultimately prove dangerous to selfie participants.

In true, hit-them-over-the-head bureaucratic fashion, one graphic shows a person with a selfie stick attempting to capture their mug in front of an oncoming train. Which, in case the picture doesn't say it a thousand times over, is a really bad idea if you'd like to go on living.

A couple of helpful phrases used in the pamphlet reportedly include, "a cool selfie could cost you your life" and "a selfie with a weapon kills".

All pretty silly -- until, as the AFP notes, you consider that a couple of young Russians recently blew themselves up taking a selfie with a hand grenade prominently held...with its pin pulled out.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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