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'Sellotape selfies' craze started by Brighton student
Here's one Facebook craze which could stick around for a while – ‘Sellotape selfies’.
Thousands of people have been wrapping clear tape around their face to make themselves look like grotesque ogres.
They then upload their amazing picture to Facebook and nominate a friend to take part in the embarrassing challenge.
The craze, which was launched on Wednesday, quickly went viral with more than 50,000 people ‘liking’ the Sellotape Selfie page in the first 24 hours.
It was dreamed up by University of Brighton student Lizzie Durley, 21, who is studying international events management.
She said: “I got the idea from Jim Carrey’s office scene in ‘Yes Man’. I was having a bad day and remembered that scene from the film which really tickled me.
“I figured people were get- ting bored of the whole ‘selfie’ craze, I know I was, so I just applied the concepts of the selfie and the nomination to this idea and bosh, Sellotape selfies.
“I launched it to my friends and they shared it and it went from there, it just grew so quickly.
“The concept is applicable to literally anyone. Everyone can join in. There’s no risk of offence, and people just love to have a giggle. My goal for the end of today was 3,000 follow- ers and I thought that was adventurous.
“But five hours later it was on about 18,000 and by the evening, at which point we couldn’t really believe how popular it was, it was at 50,000.”
Lizzie is now being bombarded with jokers around the country sending her pictures.
She said: “On Wednesday, I couldn’t move from my laptop because the page was just going crazy and I had to keep up with it all.
“I am receiving multiple entries by the second and it is a task to keep up with. It is all very overwhelming.”
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