Another day, another instance of Instagram influencers being stupid. God, they just never stop, do they? Not that I’m complain, because it gives me endless article fodder. Carry on, you naive suckers! The most entertaining thing about influencers( and wannabe influencers) is the lengths they will go to in order to capture a photo. Legitimately, last weekend, my friends and I watched as this daughter stood in the middle of a house party, fake laughing to herself as if she were in the middle of an actual photoshoot, while her friend stood there with an iPhone, snapping pics for Instagram. If you only did that , not in front of a camera, you would look insane. A fortune of the time, the dumb sh* t influencers do is pretty innocuous. But sometimes, it can be dangerous–like the Instagram couple who fell to their death while taking a selfie, or the ” bikini hiker “ who died of hypothermia on a hike. And you would think ghastly, sad storeys like these would stop people from doing blatantly dangerous sh* t simply for the’ gram, but you would be wrong, because PEOPLE recently was pointed out that the newest Instagram destination that influencers are flocking to for photos is … a noxious blue lake.
Say it with me now: yeesh.
Russian government officials are apparently warning tourists to stay away from a body of water that’s been dubbed the Novosibirsk Maldives, after the bright blue water that’s reminiscent of small island developing in the Indian Ocean. And, at a glance, it looks like a beautiful region to see, swim, maybe click a few pics.
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A post shared by Novosibirskie Mal’divy (@ maldives_nsk) on Jul 11, 2019 at 8: 28 pm PDT
Look at this guy! On a floatie, living his best Instagram life.View this post on Instagram
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Another great shooting! Look how blue-blooded the pond and the sky are! I want a image like this for my feed, should I go to the Novosibirsk Maldives? The person above was in the sea! What could go wrong?
Answer: a whole lot! To start, this isn’t a real reservoir. It’s a manmade pond, basically, and its call in Russian translates to ” Lake Ash Dump .” Yikes! That’s because, you suspected it, the “lake” is a dumping site for a nearby coal flower. Even the company that owns the plant is urging people not to go swimming in or fall into the water.” We beg you not to fall into the ash dump in the endeavours of selfies !” they said.” That is the biggest threat .” When the actual company who runs the plant is telling you that it’s just not worth a selfie, you should probably listen.
And if you don’t want to just take the coal company’s term for it, one guest told the Siberian Times that, after filming” a dreamy video as if she was on a tropical beach ,” her face was ” covered in a small rash” and she suffered as a result of” a dry throat and snout “. Other guests have reported the soles of their sandals flaking off after going along the shoreline, so just imagine what that would do to your surface! The company itself informed,” skin contact with such sea may cause local allergic reactions due to high-pitched mineralisation .”
Even most alarming, the Siberian Times alleges reports of” poisonous vapour, shrivelled plants and alarmingly-tinged blue-blooded seagulls ,” though the company running the plant denies any harmful radiation.
So basically, this is the nuclear power plant from The Simpsons. And hitherto, people are still considering this like it’s the next go-to travel destination.View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Novosibirskie Mal’divy (@ maldives_nsk) on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:04 am PDT
Guys, is everything all right. This is so not worth it! I get that the oceans search truly blue and pretty, but this is not necessary. Especially in a period and age when you are unable to merely edit your photos or buy presets to make any old image look like it was taken in front of bright turquoise sea or totally Photoshop yourself into a different place anyway. See 😛 TAGENDView this post on Instagram
Wow! First pic? Amazing. Second pic? Appalling. Thank god for Abby Stevens Presets. Available at abbystevensphotography.com/ preset. For a time limit! Use code “preset2 0” for 20% off! #revolve #revolveme @revolve
A post shared by Michaela Okland (@ michaelaokland) on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:36 am PDT
I knew this post a few days ago and haven’t stopped really thought about it since. Technology is f* cking amazing. If you must get illustrations with bright blue water, be like Michaela. Don’t to swim in a poisonous lake. Do. Not. Do it. This has been a friendly PSA.
Images: michaelaokland, maldives_nsk/ Instagram