IS THIS INSTAGRAM'S MOST DAN­GER­OUS TREND?

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - THIS & THAT -

Atrav­el­ling cou­ple who took a very risky photo while hanging out of a mov­ing train has started a dan­ger­ous copy­cat trend. Por­tuguese blog­gers Raquel and Miguel from @ex­plor­erssaurus_ took the orig­i­nal snap­shot while rid­ing along the train tracks of Ella, a small town lo­cated in Sri Lanka, in Fe­bru­ary.

Hun­dreds of trav­ellers have since tried to recre­ate the shot, spark­ing con­cerns they are 'risk­ing their lives' for the sake of a per­fect Instagram photo.

Just three days ago London-based cou­ple Jean and Camille, who blog on @ back­pack­di­ariez, per­formed a sim­i­lar kiss, leaning out of the same train while travelling along a steep bridge.

Hold­ing onto the rail­ing was all that stopped both cou­ples from plung­ing hun­dreds of metres into a for­est be­low. Crit­ics soon at­tacked them over their com­plete dis­re­gard of the dan­gers.

'You'd risk your lives just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on so­cial me­dia? Or do you do this because this gives you 'the rush'? How is this sen­si­ble? Any­thing could've hap­pened,' one woman wrote on Instagram.

An­other com­mented: 'I would never pro­mote a picture like this since there are not few peo­ple stupid enough to feel en­cour­aged to try and recre­ate the idea. What you do and the mod­els do is only their own re­spon­si­bil­ity. But you should see your re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­flu­enc­ing oth­ers.' One chimed in: 'Two id­iots risk­ing their lives and oth­ers' lives just to get likes.' The months be­tween both pho­tos have seen a num­ber of cou­ples - and in­di­vid­u­als - share eerily sim­i­lar images of them­selves pok­ing out from the train.some show just their head out the win­dow while oth­ers are bare­foot and leaning for­ward in a way that in­cites fear in their own smaller fol­low­ings. 'This doesn't look safe. Be care­ful out there,' one per­son cau­tioned. 'Wow! Braver than me,' said an­other.a third added: 'Seems like a lot of ef­fort just for a photo'.

But those who have been crit­i­cised were quick to de­fend them­selves say­ing that un­less you've been to the ex­act train net­work, you can't know how safe it is to do some­thing like that. Raquel from @ex­plor­erssaurus_ said in a fol­low­ing blog post: 'Can you see my hair mov­ing? This was how fast we were go­ing.'

'It's bet­ter to go to the places be­fore you say these kinds of rude things about peo­ple you don't know at all,' she said.

'Even for not a fit per­son we don't think this is dan­ger­ous at all. It's much more dan­ger­ous some hikes we did be­fore [sic].

'If you did this jour­ney you'd also know that the train goes re­ally slow, es­pe­cially when cross­ing bridges.

'It was mov­ing su­per slow, al­most not mov­ing, my hair was barely mov­ing.'

De­scribed as one of 'the most scenic train rides in the world', the route trav­els from Kandy in the north to Ella in the south of the coun­try. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for $1.50 if you're will­ing to take the five-hour jour­ney.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jour­ney Era, who has also been on the trip, said pas­sen­gers should be mindful about hanging out of the mov­ing cars for too long because 'there are trees and tun­nels that come close to the train'. But there are no strict safety warnings given to trav­ellers who hop on board.

Those who have been crit­i­cised were quick to de­fend them­selves say­ing that un­less you've been to the ex­act train net­work, you can't know how safe it is to do some­thing like that.raquel from @ ex­plor­erssaurus_ said: 'Can you see my hair mov­ing? This was how fast we were go­ing.'

Por­tuguese blog­gers Raquel and Miguel from @ex­plor­erssaurus_ took the snap­shot of them­selves rid­ing along the train tracks of Ella, a small town lo­cated in Sri Lanka, in Fe­bru­ary

ust three days ago London-based cou­ple Jean and Camille per­formed a sim­i­lar kiss, leaning out of the same train while travelling along a steep bridge (left)

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