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Where selfie stands are a thing

In my day they were called happy snaps and they were as hit and miss as a 3.00am kebab. But nowadays even the Pope is getting in on selfies. And why not? Camera phones now allow you to reverse images so you don’t ‘accidentally’ cut out your best mate and you can even buy selfie handles that allow you to take photos from your phone as you hold it a couple of feet above your head (this supposedly eliminates any unnecessary chins).


And now, Japan, home to the square watermelon, has taken selfies to a whole new level, installing selfie stands at major tourists spots in the city of Fujisawa.


The stands, made by Sunpole, who make flagpoles and the like, can fully rotate and even have a slot to fit smartphones, Tokyo Camera Style reported.


Does this spell the end to asking strangers to take photos of you?


Did you know that the term selfies is said to have come from Australia?  According to the Oxford English Dictionary the earliest known usage of ‘selfie’ goes back to a 2002 online ABC forum post, which accompanied a picture of a fat lip: “"Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer (sic) and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie."


Australians all let us rejoice for we made up ‘selfie’…


Image courtesy of Tokyo Camera Style.



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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 4 August 2014

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