(WAFF) - Are you a lover of selfies? Be careful - apparently your attraction to your own face is more dangerous than shark attacks.
So far this year, 12 people have died while trying to take a selfie, according to Mashable. That's compared to only eight deaths from shark attacks.
Granted many more people take selfies than are exposed to sharks on a daily basis, but it would seem no one should die while taking a photo of themselves.
Earlier this month, a tourist fell off a gate at the Taj Mahal after he slipped while trying to take a selfie, according to the BBC. Several children have also been electrocuted while taking selfies on top of railway cars in Russia. Two young men in the Urals died taking a selfie holding a hand grenade with the pin pulled. The Guardian reports the phone with the photo survived the explosion.
A man in Spain was gored to death by a bull while taking a selfie during a bull running festival in August.
Mashable reports that many landmarks have begun banning selfie sticks - including Disney World.
Meanwhile, the Russian Interior Ministry released information in July warning people about taking selfies that "could cost your life." The brochure warns against taking selfies near dangerous animals, ledges, in front of cars, or on railroad tracks, to name a few.
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