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Paris Hilton claimed that she invented the selfie in 2006 and got absolutely called on it

Factcheck: she did not invent the selfie.

FOR SOME TIME now, Paris Hilton has been a must follow on Twitter for a variety of reasons.

Mostly, though, because she often makes herself the centre of memes and takes absolutely no sh*t:

PastedImage-79562 Source: Paris Hilton/Twitter

But this week she used her account to tweet out a rather audacious claim: that in 2006 she invented the selfie with Britney Spears. She also had photographic evidence to back up her claim

paris3 Source: @ParisHilton

Joking? Probably, but that didn’t stop everyone rowing into her mentions to provide contradictory evidence.

Here’s Bill Nye taking a selfie in 1999

billnye Source: Twitter

And another shot, supposedly from 1910, outdoing Britney and Paris by a casual 96 years

calledon2 Source: @love_roses9

The replies just became a full documentation of medieval* selfies

mj2 Source: @shmicholas

196 Source: @Rokingm

control2 Source: @135mm_EHV

*pre-smartphone

^that’s thought to be by 30-year-old Robert Cornelius, taken back in 1839 in Philadelphia.

What developed was a list of every old selfie that’s ever seen the light of day

harri Source: @geomac24

susan2 Source: @geomac24

And it was really entertaining trip through history

paul2 Source: @JacobKai13

A true teachable moment for all

lawf Source: @CatherineNBarde

 

sorrybut Source: @space_orphan

BBC got back to her with some light reading on the history of the selfie

paris4 Source: BBC Newsbeat

Maybe this is what she wanted

mado2 Source: @Aanth

tru3 Source: @PC_Angry

So it’s safe to say she didn’t invent it, but we’re all much better informed on the selfie’s glorious history now.

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