1The man who caused a roller coaster stoppage with a selfie stick
Guests on a roller coaster at Disney California Adventure were stranded for up to an hour at the top of the-the California Screamin' ride after it was shut down when a man used a selfie stick.
Staff members were forced to stop the roller coaster before it reached the main drop, causing guests to be left in the lurch for up to an hour.
The closure was due to "health and safety" reasons, and the offending device was confiscated. It took about an hour to get the ride up and running again.
Selfie sticks will now be confiscated and stored at security at all Disney theme parks. The cheap metal rods have been banned from destinations across the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lollapalooza, the Kentucky Derby and the Wimbledon tennis championships. You can still selfie-stick at the Lincoln Memorial, but there will be no sticks near paintings of Lincoln in the National Portrait Gallery.
2The selfie stick sing-along that almost ended in tragedy
The clip of four people singing “Baby Come Back” by Player shot with a GoPro on a selfie stick while on a road trip has gone viral. The group got into an accident in the middle of shooting the video.
In the video, the car blows a tire while the four friends are in the middle of the chorus. Then the camera flips and the car spins out of control.
The video, posted by Marco Ferro to YouTube on May 19, 2015, has been seen over 5 million times. No one was, as far as we can tell, impaled by the selfie stick or otherwise injured.
3The selfie stick invention that hides the fact that you're alone – or does it?
Lonely? Alone? Don't let the world know it by using a plain selfie stick.
Artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe have created the Selfie Arm, a selfie stick that looks like a human arm that you can hold hands with while taking a picture. (If that human arm was attached to Frankenstein's body, perhaps.)
The Selfie Arm is made of fiberglass, is lightweight, portable, and is – as of now – only a prototype. The collaborative project is a direct commentary on the growing selfie stick phenomenon, and the constant, gnawing need for narcissistic internet validation, according to the artist's website.
If you really want one, Crowe is offering a limited edition of 10 artist-signed arms at $6,200 each.
4The selfie stick photo that's impossible to beat
We've just found the picture that could unite everyone in accepting that, whether you like them or not, the above photo is a probable "win" for the selfie stick.
Posted on Twitter by aerial photographer Antony Loveless, the incredible photo shows three U.S. airmen casually hanging out at the rear end of what appears to be a transport plane.
We're pretty sure they're breaking a hundred rules and regulations in the process, but there's no sense in being anything but cool, calm and collected while doing so. Remove the few thousand foot drop and they could just have easily been sitting in a bar.
5The haute couture dress that features a selfie stick in its design
If you're a fan of the colorful, retro, psychedelic prints of Emilio Pucci clothes, you might want to get with the new Pucci program. Or not.
The Italian label has received a major reboot, courtesy of MSGM's designer Massimo Giorgetti, who presented his first collection as Pucci's creative director at the Pitti Uomo trade show in Italy in June 2015.
It's clear the brand's signature prints have been given a giant overhaul. They now lean more toward quirk, especially evidenced by one specific dress with a witty Florentine tourist scene that features – wait for it – a selfie stick.
We admit, we're still a bit old school – we'll stick with the bold, classic Mad Men-era Pucci prints of the '60s!
6The politican who sparked fury by posing for selfies at the scene of the Tunisian beach massacre
A Labour general election candidate has sparked outrage by posing for a selfie at the spot where the Tunisian beach massacre happened just two days before.
While on a week-long holiday with four friends, Amran Hussain, 29, was pictured holding his selfie stick aloft in the area where dozens of tourists were slaughtered. The NHS England delivery officer who stood for the North East Hampshire constituency posed in front of a pile of flowers and tributes.
Outrage immediately spread across Twitter. In his defense, Hussain said: "As you can see we took photos and posted them, for many reasons, to remember, to show those at home that their loved ones were being remembered, and to show the Tunisian people we care for them and we will be forever indebted to them risking their lives to save ours."
He added: "I apologize from the bottom of my heart to anyone who may have been offended."
Labour has since announced that Hussain had been suspended from the party over the "unacceptable" and "offensive" behavior.
7The tourists who caused the selfie stick to be banned at the Colosseum in Rome
A couple of U.S. tourists who posed for a picture made with a selfie stick after carving their initials in the Roman Colosseum got the device banned for everyone else.
According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the twenty-something couple strayed from their tour group to engrave the letters “J” and “N” into the walls of the historical landmark. They were immediately reported to authorities, who charged them with “aggravated damage on a building of historical and artistic interest.”
The Colosseum then followed suit with the Palace of Versailles, and the National Gallery in London and banned the use of selfie sticks from the site for fear that Rome's famous backdrop may be further damaged.
The clueless couple responded to the vandalism charges after they were arrested: “We apologize for what we did. We regret it, but we did not imagine it was something so serious. We'll remember for a lifetime.”
8The news organization that is testing selfie sticks for reporters in the field
It looks like it's the shape of things to come in news reporting. Australia's Sky News, the corporate cousin to Britain's network of the same name, will begin equipping reporters with a selfie stick-like device to file live reports.
The device, called LiveU SmartGRIP, melds a cellular and wi-fi antenna with a mobile device holder and handle.
Sky News Australia plans to have about 12 units in operation among its teams across the country, but it will not replace all camera crews. Yet.
Check out a sample of selfie stick footage below – we personally hope it doesn't catch on!