'Selfie', coined on ABC Online in 2002,
beats 'twerk' to be named as Oxford's
2013 word of the year


but wait....as usual....thereby hangs a tale;

This photo, posted on ABC Online,
is the world's first known 'selfie'

This photo of a busted lip is the world's first
known 'selfie', posted to an ABC Online forum
more than a decade ago.

The September 13, 2002, forum post was written by a user dubbed 'Hopey' and said:

"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."

Hopey had started the forum thread seeking advice about whether licking his lips would make his stitches dissolve too soon. He went on to offer:

"Anyone wanna see a picture of it? It's pretty cool."

Now for the "TALE"

That was "MY Other Forum"..
..The Science Forum I'd mentioned several times.

I say "WAS" <--
since it too has gone the way of all Forums..
..it closed down a while back and reopened
under different owners & different servers

Just a Kick to see Old Friends in the News smile