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35 Mind-Bending Things People Did Just to Get Social Media Attention


It’s not a secret people like attention for various reasons. It boosts their egos, helps promote their business and tell the compelling stories of their lives. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram turned even the most modest people into crazy attention seekers.

Some of them create beautiful works of art, go travelling to unusual places, or give beauty advice, but there are also those people who would do none of that. They would rather shock their followers with something unspeakable or utterly stupid like hanging from the edge of a skyscraper building with no support. Why? Well, just because they can!

And, sadly enough, all these horrible things do draw lots of attention, although for entirely different reasons. Here’s a list of people doing mind-bending things to become Facebook and Instagram stars. Warning! You might lose faith in humanity after this.



35. Russian Model Risked Her Life for a Boost of Fame

Seriously, how desperate should one be to take a selfie like this? Girl, there are safer ways to promote yourself that don’t involve falling off a skyscraper! Meet Vicki Odintsova, a Russian model, who risked her whole life for an impressive shot in Dubai.

Apart from her own common sense, we have a few questions for the guy who was holding her. What was he thinking? One wrong move and she could have fallen down to her death!

After the whole thing happened, Dubai’s police arrested her and made her sign a statement that she would never do it again. We really hope she learned her lesson! But the worse thing about it all is that some people actually applauded her for this reckless stunt.



34. YouTuber Cemented His Head in a Microwave

Firefighters have to deal with all kinds of crazy stuff and taking scared cats off the trees are definitely not the weirdest calls they are getting. Basically, whenever some weird accident happens – a fire brigade is called in. Well, this time was no different!

Imagine the firefighters’ surprise when they saw a guy with a microwave oven cemented onto his head. They’ve seen lots of crazy things, but this was definitely among the weirdest ones.

An aspiring YouTube star wanted to get some extra attention, and what better way to do it than create a near-death experience? According to firefighters, the guy could have easily suffocated there because the tube he left for breathing wasn’t letting in enough air for him to survive.



33. A Flower Field That is No More

Have you ever been to a beautiful place with a huge crowd of people? If so, you’ve probably noticed the impact such a gathering has on nature. Of course, all people are different and not all of them litter wherever they go or destroy beautiful gardens, but that still happens quite a lot.

This farmer, for instance, suffered from a bunch of instazombies hunting for that perfect shot in the flowery field. Once his location was out, dozens of people rushed to witness the beauty of the place and willingly or unwillingly destroyed it while taking their selfies.

One person visiting is okay, five is a bit too much, but when dozens upon dozens of people rush to a place with such a gentle ecosystem – the place will undoubtedly change. This is exactly what happened to this farmer. Just look at his sad face!

32. This is Not How You Do Yoga

It’s not a secret that many perceive yoga as a type of competition where everyone tries to out-perform one another with different stunts. This woman fell victim to this dangerous trend and decided to do some yoga asanas in the most dangerous way possible…

Can you even call it yoga at this point? Dangerous acrobatics maybe, but definitely not something that should calm your mind and make your body healthier.  Alex Terrazas, a student from Mexico, decided to do a yoga pose upside down while hanging on the rails of her balcony. It didn’t end well for her!

The woman lost her balance and feel all the way down from the sixth floor of her apartment building. Luckily, she was alive when the ambulance came but had to go through an excruciating 11-hour surgery. Were a few Instagram likes really worth it.



31. Instagrammer Did a Coronavirus Prank

People would do all kinds of stupid things just to gain some followers on YouTube and Instagram, but it seems like this guy has outdone everyone. James Potok, a rising social media star, wanted to get famous quickly, so he decided to use one subject that’s best to never ever joke about – coronavirus.

On a flight from Toronto to Montego Bay, the guy stood up and announced to everyone that he has just been to Hunan province, the place where the outbreak of coronavirus has just happened at the time.

Whether he did it for the laughs or fame, we don’t know. But his prank resulted in a terminated flight for over 200 people! The plane turned around and James Potok was arrested for what he did.