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11 Highly Important Facts About Selfies Everyone Should Know

Time to educate your self(ie).

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1. The first Instagram photo hashtagged #selfie was uploaded on January 16, 2011...

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But she didn't add the hashtag until the 27th of that month, when Instagram released the feature. One day she'll tell her grandchildren, "I was posting selfies before they invented hashtags."

2. ...but the first-ever selfie was painted in 1524...

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This painting by Parmigianino, “Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror," is widely considered the first selfie. The name of the filter he used? Oil. 🎨

5. Buzz Aldrin took the selfie to bold new places.

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He shared it with the world a mere 49 years later.

6. The selfie stick was patented in 1985...

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Two Japanese inventors, Yujiro Mima and Hiroshi Ueda, designed a telescope device to support a compact camera. It's unclear whether they realized the power and darkness they had released on the world.

7. ...but a photo from 1925 shows the first known instance of a selfie-stick-like device.

The world's first Selfie? My grandad and fiancee in 1924 use Box Brownie, tripod and a long stick to take a 'selfie'!

It depicts a wedding photo taken by a camera strapped to a walking cane. "Back in the olden days, we made our OWN selfie sticks!"

8. Of five major cities analyzed, Moscow had the greatest disparity of selfies posted by men versus women.


In the four other cities — Bangkok, Berlin, New York, and Sao Paolo — there was a significantly higher amount of female than male selfies, but Moscow took the cake with a whopping "4.6 times more female than male selfies." In mother Russia, selfie take you.

10. Your favorite selfie pose can reveal your personality traits.

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People who hold the camera lower are generally more agreeable, for instance.

Take a selfie with a Civic, tag it #SelfieForACivic, post it, and you could win a brand-new 2016 Honda Civic.

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Visit to learn more. Good luck!