Monopod / Selfie Stick
This handy little monopod collapses to only 8 inches long and extends to 42 inches. That's not quite long enough to get you to things you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole but it will lift your camera up over a crowd or a wall or stick it through a fence.
Collapsed it will tuck in your pocket or purse. There are many places such as museums where you are not allowed to carry a selfie stick.
Many of the shark pictures that are showing up on Youtube were taken by someone on a boat who stuck their camera in the water on a selfie stick from the safety of the boat deck.
It has a standard tripod socket in the base in case you want to add it to a small tripod for extra height.