For many people, getting that perfect Instagram picture (and the subsequent likes it gets you) is an addiction. Case in point, Russian teen Andrey Retrovsky, who got a big rush posing for photos in dangerous situations, whether he was hanging from the ledge of a high-rise apartment building or standing precariously on the edge of metal scaffolding.
Unfortunately for the 17-year old, his latest stunt ended up costing him his life. Last week, Retrovsky climbed to the top of a building in Vologda, Russia, with a friend in hopes of snapping a photo that made it appear as if he was falling from the roof. Tragically, the rope used to secure him to the building failed, and he plunged nine stories to the ground. His fall was slightly cushioned by bushes, but according to local Russian media outlets, he died a few hours later while being treated at a hospital from extensive injuries.
Andrey was part of a youth subculture known as “roofers,” who climb to the roofs of high-rise buildings (often after sneaking in illegally) to take daring Instagram photos that they’ll hope will go viral. Selfie fatalities have become a serious problem in Russia.
In the past year alone, 10 Russians died and more than 100 were injured while taking selfies. This problem has prompted the Russian government to launch a “Safe Selfie” campaign, which features the tagline, “even a million likes on social media are not worth your life.”
Just something to think about the next time you put yourself at risk, all in the name of the almighty selfie..
What If Central Park Was Surrounded By 1,000-Foot Glass Walls?
Designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu came up with a radical concept, one that involves tearing down Central Park, lowering the ground to reveal the existing bedrock underneath, and surrounding the park with 1000 foot reflective glass walls. Sacrilegious? Maybe, but part of me really digs this idea.
The “New York Horizon” project won first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers. While most of the applicants built up, Sun and Wu thought a little outside the box, opting for a “sidescraper” with a reflective façade.
The 1000-foot tall, 100-foot deep megastructure would wrap around the perimeter of the 1.3 square-mile park and provide a total floor area of 7 square miles, which is 80 times greater than the Empire State Building. It’s a novel way to approach mass housing, while working within the physical constraints of NYC’s limited space.
This new Central Park would be filled with hills, lakes and meadows, “returning the park to it’s natural state, when Manhattan once looked more like this.” The reimagined park could then be used for hiking, climbing, swimming and other outdoor activities.
“With its highly reflective glass cover on all sides, the landscape inside the park can reach beyond physical boundaries, creating an illusion of infinity,” said the designers.
While it’s clear that something like this would never happen in a place as iconic as Central Park, it’s a pretty interesting design concept nonetheless, don’t you think?
Gas Station Offers Free Gas If You Show Up In A Bikini
Now I’ve seen it all.. A gas station in Kiev recently held a promotion where they were offering FREE GAS to bikini-clad customers. And since gas isn’t cheap, especially over there, dozens of women (and a few men) showed up in bikini attire to get their free gas.
As you can imagine, there were plenty of people cheering them on as they stripped down to their bikinis and filled up. Some even struck poses while filling up, much to the excitement of the pump attendants and other onlookers.
Don’t believe that this really happened? Check out this news clip from the event:
While I have no idea what the motivation for the event was, I’m certainly not complaining. Hopefully some gas station in the US will follow suit and run a similar promotion.. 🙂
Here are a few more photos from the event. Enjoy!
Smell Like The Essence Of Racing With Sunoco’s Burnt Rubbér Cologne
There’s something distinctly masculine about the smell of fuel, oil, tires, and exhaust that you can only find at the race track. At least, until now. Sunoco Burnt Rubbér cologne has bottled the essence of racing, mixing in just enough sweet and spicy notes to keep the ladies from gagging as you walk by.
If you want to shower yourself in a luxurious spritzing of gasoline from a revving engine and burnt rubber from tires taking corners at 125 mph, make sure you follow Sunoco’s Facebook page, because while Burnt Rubbér isn’t available for purchase, they’re giving it away to a few lucky Facebook followers.
Honestly though, with the amount of people clamoring for a bottle on their FB page, Sunoco might want to consider selling this stuff at their gas stations..