Miami Breaks the Guinness World Record of Most Selfies Taken in One Hour

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Photos courtesy #missionsmile
Are selfies the ultimate expression of narcissism? Maybe. Some psychologists have even linked the vexing fad to serious mental health issues. But for #missionsmile and Indiana-based lifestyle vloggers Mark E. Miller and partner Ethan Hethcote, that's all a bunch of bull.

"The act of taking a selfie is showing how happy you are," a topless Hethcote firmly told Cultist in front of Ocean Drive's kingdom of drag queens, The Palace. "It's showing that happiness and spreading it."

In fact, the company and the two YouTubers like selfies so much that they decided to set a world record of taking the most selfies in one hour on South Beach's solemn shores for the launch of the #missionsmile movement. The claim to conquer even caught the attention of the official judge of all things holy-shit-did-that-really-just-happen, Guinness World Records.

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The record-breaking task might sound easy, but there were rules placed to achieve the highest level of self-indulgence.

"The way this works is it's not just one person taking photos of themselves, but they have to have a different person in each photo that they take," explained Official Guinness World Records adjudicator, Kimberly Partrick. "The challenge is about getting engagement from the crowd wherever you are."

And boy, did she mean challenge.

"I'm truly out of breath right now," Miller, a recent graduate from Ball State University said after running from beach-dweller to beach dweller, taking selfies with each and every one of them from 12th Street all the way to 9th.

Though taking selfies proved an impactful way to launch #missionsmile, the hashtag touches on much more than just cellular self-portraits. Its sole purpose is to make people do just as its hashtag states - smile.

"#missionsmile is a movement of the people," Miller confirmed. "We're trying to get people to smile more. Anyone can be involved. The easiest way to do it is going into the site and you can accept 'missions' or acts of kindness." Paying it forward, so to speak.

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The Palace Bar & Restaurant

1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

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miraclesworldrecord
miraclesworldrecord

Send new world records & breaking world records http://www.miraclesworldrecords.com/

Send nominations for awards http://www.miraclesworldrecords.com/Home/Awards 

send supporting documents             

1. The name of the person attempting the record should be given, along with the date and place.

2. A video (in CD/DVD format) must be submitted.

3. Photographs may be submitted in digital format on CD-ROM or DVD in a good resolution.

4. world records certificates for reference.....

Tom_Reimel
Tom_Reimel

Not everything in life is meant to be deadly serious.  Good for him!

j.pollo
j.pollo

Wait, you actually believed the selfie/mental health thing that came out a few weeks ago?

shadesdown2001
shadesdown2001

I can't get over just how miserable MOST of you are to degrade the happiness of others. The contest took place in Miami, these guys went to Miami from their home state to join the contest. They had fun and now you miserable inconsiderate degenerates just feel it's best to rain on someone else's parade? For what? Maybe because you weren't invited or there? Maybe because you are so uncomfortable in your own skin, that you make yourselves feel better by insulting and degrading others? 


What ever it is... It's uncalled for and not asked of your approval. 

Lucy Tovar
Lucy Tovar

Jajajajajaja! Gaby Hernández Lebron

WhySoBitter
WhySoBitter

The name of the group that sponsored this is Missionsmile, their goal is to make people happy. It's pretty clear from many of these comments that no matter what you do some people are just always going to be miserable and they want to take the rest of the world down with them. Well no thanks, if you wanna stick your head in a noose and choke on your own melancholy, have fun. But don't go spreading your woe is me on the rest of us!!

Susan Gerson-Missen
Susan Gerson-Missen

Bet our selfie queen Sherry Barfield could beat this record. What do you guys think? Jess Germain Jessica Barrett

Gabriel Ortiz
Gabriel Ortiz

Love to see haters doing their best! How stupid! Miami is not about tourist taking selfies photos!

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Wait. Is the main picture, a picture of someone taking a selfie? I think the redundancy just broke the universe @_@

Lex Nova Varela
Lex Nova Varela

Miriam Merino letf the hate aside enjoy the sun, beach and the fun.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

We did it! We are The most egotistical self absorbed city in the country..well done Miami I expected nothing less..

Jannet Enriquez
Jannet Enriquez

Dang! So much hate! I agree most of those people are probably not from Miami. Everyone takes n posts pics, Miami just does it best! Stop with all the hate n go decide what sweater n scarf you will be wearing tomorrow while i post more pics from one of our many beutiful beaches. Pround born and raised Miami Women!!!!

Brian Hough
Brian Hough

I bet a good percent of these people aren't even from miami , they are here on vacation because there city sucks!

Steve Barboza
Steve Barboza

Everyone is quick to generalize, not realizing how shallow they look when they call someone the very same thing. Funny how when someone criticizes like this, they actually expose how classless they are.

Dilo
Dilo

Well done Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote what you guys did is just amazing!

Young Matt
Young Matt

Can this fad be over yet? I preferred the Harlem Shake....

Tristan Greene
Tristan Greene

I agree this city is full of vain, worthless people. However, if you're not from Miami you should probably shut your mouth. There are good people here. Nothing worse than tourist slandering the integrity of a city. Especially when you guys are here every summer.

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Because that is the main priority in South Florida.....vanity. I know minimum wage people barely making rent but lease $500 month cars wear Prada and carry a Coach ......as long as you look wealthy. SMH and you have 0 savings.

Bobby Dazzler
Bobby Dazzler

Douche bag to human ratio here is high so I'm not suprised

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