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Influencer plummets to death while
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Posted By: DVC, 7/13/2021 7:17:23 PM

A Hong Kong Instagram star tragically plummeted to her death after she slipped while snapping a selfie at a waterfall. The shocking incident occurred after Sofia Cheung, 32, and three friends embarked on a trip to Ha Pak Lai park around 11 a.m. Saturday, the Sun reported. The influencer had decided to take selfies at the edge of a waterfall at the park’s Pineapple Mountain site — a locale popular with hikers at sunset — when she apparently lost her footing and fell into the 16-foot pool below. Cheung’s horrified friends promptly called emergency services, who quickly arrived and whisked the woman to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead


"Influencer" is an interesting title. She must have thought that she was very important. But, the laws of physics apply to everyone, even influencers, if that's even a real thing.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 7/13/2021 7:21:14 PM (No. 844796)
“Influencer” is anyone who publicizes themself constantly on social media where they become “Instagram stars” when they rack up followers. More superficial wokeness. Hardly news. And the only thing she may have influenced are the incessant selfie-takers… This article is typical of the tabloid Post and Daily Mail...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Californian 7/13/2021 7:27:04 PM (No. 844797)
Sigh... I used to work for "social media" companies.... what is an influencer? The real deal is they are content creators for social media sites that otherwise would be full of boring stuff and therefore have lower ad rates. So, social media companies give popular people a way to make money: - The companies win by bringing in more viewers and thus ad dollars. - The so called influencers make money by doing whatever silly thing it is they do. - The viewers I guess "win" by living their boring lives vicariously through people doing more interesting things than them. - And the rest of us lose because all those people exist and use up oxygen to no useful ends. That's about how it is. No, I don't do that anymore.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 7/13/2021 7:27:28 PM (No. 844798)
Some people are pretty oblivious to cliff edges. I remember sitting on the flat cliff top of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite, years ago with several dozen other people. In the spring, the flow area is very wide, so there is 30 or 40 feet wide area of very smooth rock slowly rolling over from horizontal, to the vertical. Shiny smooth. I was sitting well back on the really horizontal part, but I was amazed at how close many were sitting and walking to the edge, on the part sloping fairly steeply and smoothly to the vertical. More than 600 feet down....nope, I stayed back, even though I was a fairly serious rock climber in those days, and would climb Half Dome the next morning (the easy, back way). Rock climbers are roped up, well....I was. There are free climbers. Yikes. Ya'll be careful out there. She even wrote "Life should be fun, not dumb." Should have taken her own advice.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Timber Queen 7/13/2021 7:28:05 PM (No. 844799)
I think we have a good candidate here for the 2021 Darwin Award.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Come And Take It 7/13/2021 7:43:07 PM (No. 844804)
Darwin has a candidate for 2021.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: GoodDeal 7/13/2021 8:09:32 PM (No. 844826)
Call it Darwin Mountain and present her with the Darwin for Selfie Influencer of the Year.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 7/13/2021 8:13:33 PM (No. 844828)
Yes, it is called natural selection. Mr. Darwin knew. Undesirable traits disappear...suddenly.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley 7/13/2021 8:18:40 PM (No. 844831)
When I hear "influencer" I immediately picture an ugly, tattooed, 20-something girl with a 3 foot wide keester, plastic mammaries and no marketable skills.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 7/13/2021 9:13:32 PM (No. 844893)
One wonders if her death will INFLUENCE others not to make the same mistake. Nahh, probably not.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 7/13/2021 9:14:17 PM (No. 844894)
#2 - Thank you for that concise yet comprehensive summary, laced together with some dry wit. I don't do social media, but if I did - I'd follow you.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: jalo1951 7/13/2021 9:26:45 PM (No. 844900)
I have never bored anyone with a selfie. How? I don't own a smartphone and have no intention to ever own one if I don't have to. I can make a phone call and I can text on my little old flip phone and that's all I need. Thank you very much.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Terry_tr6 7/13/2021 9:44:55 PM (No. 844914)
it's nice they identified her as an influencer right up front. kept me from wasting any sympathy
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Dr. Constant 7/13/2021 11:02:42 PM (No. 844958)
When I lived in HK I used to jog there, until the scariest day of my life. I would take the mini-bus from our home to the Pineapple Cove Reservoir. It is a really pretty country part. But, it has a large number of baboons living there thanks to and eccentric (Idiotic) colonial official who imported them from East Africa back in the 19th century. There are big signs in the park that tell you in English, Chinese, French, and Tagalog to not feed the baboons or try to pet them. There are a couple of pictures of people's arms that have been bitten, and another picture of one of the beast with its lips pulled back so you can see its humongous teeth. I never fed the animals or paid them much attention until one day they almost attacked me. I crested a small rise in the trail that curved to the left. A troop of baboons was squabbling over the carcass of a roast duck they'd pulled from a picnic basket they stolen from somebody. I stopped, but it was too late. I'd surprised them and was too close. They started making sort of growling noises and began to fan out, surrounding me. I suddenly realized exactly why everybody I saw in this park had a heavy walking stick. And why I should have had one! I have no idea how I kept my head. I didn't know what to do but knew if I turned and ran they attack. So, I slowly walked backwards hoping they'd let me walk away. Honestly, I cannot imagine a scarier thought than being attacked by a group of baboons. Luckily I had run past an older couple. A Chinese man with a Canadian wife, and their two Labrador Retrievers. When it became two humans with sticks, two big dogs, and one human who was unarmed but didn't act afraid, the baboons backed down. I never ran in that park again.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: formerNYer 7/13/2021 11:55:43 PM (No. 845004)
Thinning the heard
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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird 7/14/2021 12:04:14 AM (No. 845016)
Looks as though I was close, but didn’t realize it was a business….. #2 gave personal details; here is much more. Unbelievable. And no thanks.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Omen55 7/14/2021 12:13:49 AM (No. 845027)
What's important is that she died doing what she loved. Showing off!😂
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 7/14/2021 2:08:46 AM (No. 845092)
Interesting story, #13. When I was hunting in Africa, I discussed baboons with our guide. He described them as 'having the jaws of a wolf, but with hand to hold on to you while he bites the **** out of you, very bad beasts'. We saw them at a distance in Kruger Park, and were careful to be inside the car when they were near. Scary beasts indeed.
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