This Sea Lion Objects To Taking Selfies

Jun 21, 2015 By Mary Madsen
It's something that happens often these days - you see something cool, so you take a hasty picture with it. Called a selfie, these quick snaps are entirely commonplace.

Selfies have been around since 1839, when Robert Cornelius, an American photographic pioneer, produced the first self-portrait. Taking a photo was such a slow process that Cornelius was able to uncover the lens, run into the shot and recover the lens. The portable Kodak Brownie, produced in 1900, made self-portraiture more common.

The selfie as we know it, though, is a 21st century phenomenon. The phrase was coined in 2002 in an Internet forum, though the practice started in the few years before that. "TIME" even labeled the phrase as a top 10 buzzword in 2012.
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