Cannes Film Festival Cracking Down on “Grotesque” Red-Carpet Selfies

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Just as hunters like to document their trophy kills, many celebrities take every opportunity to capture their own success. The selfie has become an increasingly popular method of doing so and allows easily sharing the experience with their fans, but not everybody approves of this kind of photography.

The prestigious film festival’s artistic director, Thierry Frémaux, introduced the new photography limitation while announcing the lineup of movies for the upcoming event.

The official reason is that the ceremony is slowed down when “people stop every two metres to take a picture of themselves, with themselves”, but it sounds like Frémaux’s personal opinion about the selfie played a major role in the decision.

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Developing New Signs For Photobomb, Selfie, Duckface, & Others In American Sign Language

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The birth of internet slang is fascinating stuff, I’m sure most of you will recall the hoopla that flooded the web when the word “selfie” became official when it was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Soon after that, Merriam-Webster decided to induct it into it’s dictionaries, too. It had a lot of people wondering, “Who makes these words up?”

Though most of us wouldn’t give the thought too much of our time, the dedicated folks over at Hopes & Fears took that simple question and went one step further. They wanted to know how new words, such as the ever increasing dialect of internet slang, are incorporated into sign language. To find out how new slang words entered into American Sign Language (ASL), Hopes & Fears got in touch with Bill Vicars, a Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH) man who runs Lifeprint–an educational website devoted to helping people learn ASL. [Read more…]

Crime Scene Selfie Sent Over Snapchat Leads To Murder Charges

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Snapchat allows users to send messages that disappear within several seconds, but it is possible to take a screenshot of the message.

A 16-year-old teenager from Pennsylvania found this out the hard way after a photo he sent over Snapchat lead to him getting arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

It turns out that a recipient of the murderer’s selfie with the victim’s body took a screenshot of it, and his mother contacted the police with the damning evidence.

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300 Employees Take A Group Photo From Space

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Celebrating Israel Space Week, which started on Sunday, employees of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) had a group photo taken from space.

The photo, which depicted the company’s initials, was captured by the EROS-B (Earth Remote Observation System-B) satellite from a height of 520km (325 miles).

The 300 or so employees had to be at a specific location at a very precise time for the photo-op to work. Luckily, determining these factors was a piece of cake, as they are somewhat familiar with the satellite – they built it.

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Beautiful Selfie Proves Israel and Lebanon Can Get Along. And Why They Can’t.

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The Israeli and Lebanese contestants met at the Miss Universe contest. What happened next will (not) amaze you. They did what most people would do and took a selfie, together with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.

Following angry criticism from her homeland, Miss Lebanon claimed she was photobombed by the Israeli.

Is this true and how did Miss Egypt respond to the scandal?

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Italian Soccer Superstar, Francesco Totti, Celebrates Record Goal With A Selfie

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Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP

A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A scored two goals to make an impressive comeback in the country’s most passionate soccer derby. Their indisputable star scored both goals becoming the joint top-goalscorer in the history of the Rome derby, but none of that will be remembered.

One moment will be remembered from that match – the moment Francesco Totti celebrated with a selfie.

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The Belfie Stick Lets You Take Selfies… Of Your Bottom

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the selfie stick, and based on the huge quantities sold most of you probably own one, but you don’t have one of these.

Popularized in late 2013 by Kim Kardashian, the belfie (butt selfie) is regarded as an expert-level self-portrait, to be attempted only by those who posses copious amounts of experience and a keen eye for selfie composition.

If you’ve ever tried taking a belfie, and feel free not to try if you haven’t, you’ll know that a good one is not an easy feat to accomplish. That is about to change.

Enter (or leave us alone before you even arrive) the camera accessory every (or no) person should carry at all times (or never) – the Belfie Stick.

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Daredevil takes a selfie against The Blue Fire Of Kawah Ijen Volcano

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Malaysia based photographer and daredevil Keow Wee Loong is known for taking selfies in dangerous locations (just check his profile a few words back), but this one must have been the biggest adventure of them all.

Keow Wee Loong snuck his way into the pit of Kawah Gunung Ijen an active volcano in Indonesia to take a most daring selfie against a volcano shooting a blue flame.

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