The selfie stick is an ingeniously designed weapon disguised as a narcissistic indulgence. When you see someone carrying one, you're not looking at someone who is vain, but a living weapon ready to destroy any threat.
Fox News tells us that the M-Profi Combat Sports Center in Moscow, Russia has developed a martial art called monopod fighting. A trained monopodist responds to an attacker by smashing the selfie stick into vulnerable areas, such as the groin or throat, or uses it to trip, entangle, or throw an opponent to the ground.
This Russian language video shows monopodists in training. Watch them respond to surprise attacks with amazing dexterity--often caught on camera, thanks to the selfie stick.
-via Atlas Obscura