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Tourist reportedly dies at Taj Mahal while taking a selfie

Technically Incorrect: A Japanese tourist was, according to an eyewitness account, taking a selfie and then fell down the stairs at the famous monument, the BBC reports.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The Taj Mahal, where the tragedy occurred. Google

It always starts innocently enough.

In this case, an eyewitness told the BBC that a Japanese tourist was taking a selfie on the steps of the Taj Mahal when he toppled down the steps. Police reportedly said he lost consciousness immediately after the fall and died of head injuries at the hospital.

The accident happened at the Royal Gate of the world-famous mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra.

The man was with other tourists, one of whom also reportedly broke a leg in the incident.

Some nations have started warning their citizens and tourists about the inherent dangers of taking selfies. In July, the Russian government published a guide suggesting safety measures around selfie-taking. These included making sure you're not too close to the edge of anything and specifically being careful near stairs.

Other governments, however, are encouraging the selfie-taking. The Australian government recently released an app. The government has said the app is targeted specifically at Japanese tourists, allowing them to take extra-large selfies.

Australia's managing director of tourism John O'Sullivan told his country's ABC News that he hoped the tourism authority's high-tech system of placing tourists on specific spots and asking them to look at a camera that is positioned 100 meters away would appeal to Japanese tourists. Australia is concerned that Japanese tourist numbers are dwindling.

Clearly, so many simple human activities can lead to fatal results. Some people, though, deliberately go to places that are dangerous for selfie-taking -- crumbling cliffs, for example. Some even attempt to take selfies while holding guns, with fatal consequences.

In the case of the Japanese tourist, there's no evidence that this was anything other than an unfortunate accident.

It serves as another warning that if you're going to take a selfie, please just be careful.