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History of oral health

Selfies

Want to capture a memory with friends? Grab your phone or camera, stretch out your arm and take a selfie! The word may be new, but the concept has been around for a while. Here's a look at the history of selfies.

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Origin of the word “selfie”

Oxford Dictionaries declared “selfie” its 2013 word of the year, but the term began growing in popularity in 2011 in Australia, before peaking worldwide in 2014, according to Google Trends. The earliest recorded use is thought to have been on an Australian internet forum in the early 2000s.

The first selfie taken in space

High above the atmosphere, astronaut Buzz Aldrin snapped a selfie during his 1966 Gemini 12 mission. Talk about an out-of-this-world picture!

The first American selfie

The first selfie was taken in 1839 by an amateur chemist and photographer, Robert Cornelius, according to the Library of Congress.

The capital of selfies

Who takes the most selfies? Head to Makati City in the Philippines, where residents and tourists make take more selfies than any other city in the world, according to Time magazine. Say “cheese"!

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