The selfie -- a picture taken of oneself staring directly into the camera, utterly oblivious to the world around you -- perfectly encapsulates our social-media-drunk society. Unsurprisingly, a trend based entirely on varying degrees of narcissism is occasionally taken way too far, with the results ranging from personally disastrous to just plain old sad.
#6. Teenage Girls Take Selfie While Handcuffed in Police Van
Two Australian teenage girls were cuffed and placed in the back of a police van after getting caught with a stolen car. The dastardly duo quickly pulled out a phone and commemorated the moment with an obligatory selfie, because they evidently have yet to encounter the phrases "permanent public record" and "job interview."
Proudly showing off their new friendship bracelet.
Halloween is the only time of year when a grown adult is legally and morally obligated to attack children in his front yard while dressed as a scarecrow. However, some people take this obligation way too far, resulting in monstrously mental anguish and phantasmagorically physical trauma.
#6. House Breaks the Fourth Wall of Halloween Decorations
One North Carolina family decided to decorate for Halloween by dangling a dummy from the edge of their second story roof as if he had been cleaning the gutters and suddenly slipped, because they apparently thought the best way to delight trick-or-treaters was to stage a tragic domestic accident.
"How's he still holding on? It's like the forearm strength of five horny 14-year-olds!"
From time to time, the local news coughs up a story that's basically the opening 20 minutes of a horror movie -- in other words, the portion of the film between the opening credits and the scene where the doomed, 38-year-old high school cheerleader goes skinny-dipping.
Here are five tales from 2013 that are destined to someday be slapped with a screamingly obnoxious "BASED ON TRUE EVENTS" tag line.
#5. 20,000 Bees Invade Elderly Lady's House Unnoticed
From outward appearances, 98-year-old Sevia Moore was living a nice, quiet life in her lovely home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Her only issue was that she seemed to have an abundance of pesky, freeloading rodents in her house, so a group of wildlife trappers were called to evict them.
When they got there, the crew also uncovered 20,000-plus bees in the attic, making the shit ton of squirrels and rats the least of her problems.
A definite buzz kill for all parties involved.