A man from Egoton, England has had his life ruined after his outstretched arms became stuck while posing for a selfie at the top of a mountain.
For David Narcy, a photograph that was supposed to capture a perfect moment of isolation and connection with nature has now become a horrible reminder of an affliction that may affect him for the rest of his life. Eating and trips to the toilet are now incredibly difficult.
Speaking to Fstoppers, Narcy explained how it happened: “I was on a trip to New Zealand and decided to head up Roy’s Peak to get this photo that I’d seen online. It’s quite a nice walk, and once we were at the top, I joined a queue of people all waiting to get their unique moment. I was a bit worried because it was a bit windy that day, and sometimes, it’s hard to express my spiritual relationship with the elements if my hair isn’t right."
“I’ll never forget what happened next. I put my arms out to demonstrate to my followers how awed I was by the landscape. My girlfriend took the shot on her phone, and suddenly, I realized that I couldn’t put my arms down. What’s worse is that, like everyone else, I was doing it ironically,” he explained.
"A few people tried to help, but we just ended up talking about how it's best to add a bit of orange in the highlights."
Doctors are unable to explain what has triggered this affliction, but psychologist Trudy Spencer has speculated that the internet has reached “peak outstretched arms in high place selfie,” and the backlash has manifested in Narcy’s subconscious mind. “It’s his brain secretly punishing him for thinking that his connection to nature is unique and his experience is authentic, whereas the truth is that it is incredibly contrived and, let’s be honest, really annoying.”
For Narcy, the flight home was particularly difficult. He added: “I guess it’s lucky I wasn’t doing yoga.”
Lead image by Joshua Earle.