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    Maybe it started after I saw Ellen DeGeneres take a selfie with the entire star-studded audience of the Oscars this year, but lately, I have been pressing the little "turn the camera around" icon on my phone so I can grab a selfie to document some really important occasions in my life.

    Truth be told, the selfies I've been taking are pretty embarrassing. They're not nude-photo-on-the-Cloud embarrassing, but embarrassing enough that I don't want to share them with you. Okay, since it's just us, I'll share one.

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    Autocorrect, she is a cruel mistress. No one can admit to not having sent a mortifying text message or two in error. And it's funny enough when you come across the average autocorrect fail. Who doesn't love a misused word transforming the ordinary into the hilarious and embarrassing? However, mom goofs are better than all other goofs. Yes, even the best, most Super-Moms on the planet have fallen victim to the wiles of autocorrect.

    We've collected some of our favorite mom texting fails here. No cellphone is safe from mama's autocorrects, and we've got all the proof of that you need here. Curse you, screenshots! And also -- thank you screenshots!

    Have you ever accidentally sent a totally mortifying text?

    Image via Parents Shouldn't Text

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    You know what would save lives? If everyone on the road would stop using their glardblamn cellphones while driving. We've all seen how dangerous texting -- hell, even just talking -- on your phone is when you're behind the wheel. People are dying. And only one brave man has been willing to break the law to stop the madness. A cellphone service provider caught a driver using a jammer to keep other drivers from using their cellphones. Apparently he'd been doing this on his morning commute for two years before he was caught. Jason R. Humphreys faces fines of up to $48,000 because guess what? Jamming other people's cellphone use is illegal.

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    A deadly accident occurred in High Point, North Carolina, when a woman was using her cellphone to take selfies and post messages on Facebook while driving. The weight of that sentence should be enough to make people stop and think and not use their phone while driving. But the sad reality is too many of us do, and still will no matter what we tragic stories hear. Please let this be a reminder never to use your phone while driving. This woman made that fatal mistake.

    Thirty-two year-old Courtney Ann Sanford was driving down the highway at around 8:30 in the morning. The car she was driving crossed over the median and crashed head-on into an oncoming truck. The crash caused her car to go off to the side of the road and catch on fire. The truck went on to crash into a tree. A second before the crash, Sanford posted "The happy song makes me so HAPPY" to Facebook.

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    Who hasn't dreamed of a phone charger that took your phone from dead to ready to go almost instantly? If you're like me, you definitely have. Because you love your cellphone. You probably love it too much. As such, you might be familiar with a little something I like to call "battery panic." You know -- that feeling of dread that sucker-punches you right in the gut when you look down and see your phone is about to die and you haven't even made it to noon yet.

    Now, what sounds like something out of a late-night science fiction movie has become reality. Please meet StoreDot, the newest, fastest charger out there. While researching Alzheimer's, of all things, scientists stumbled across this new technology. They're calling it "nanodots" -- tiny crystals that (among other things) make it possible to fully charge your phone in just 30 seconds without frying it. I want!

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    Ugh. What's up with people getting more and more dishonest with every passing year? There's a brand new cellphone scam out there you need to watch out for -- because it could wind up costing you quite a bit on your phone bill.

    Here's how it works. A scammer will call you using an auto-dialer, and your phone will only ring once. When the missed call message pops up on your screen, they're hoping you'll call the number back to see who it was.

    But when you do that, you'll likely hear something like, "Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold" on the other end of the line.

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    Who do you think invented the selfie? It's definitely not who you suspect. Kim Kardashian may have perfected the art of the selfie, but she's a far cry away from being the inventor. As it turns out, a selfie was taken about 60 years ago in the 1950s, long before everyone else was doing it. And you'll never, ever guess by whom ...

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    Smartphones. For all the amazing benefits they provide, they are also responsible for an international epidemic. We can't put them down no matter what is going on. In one particularly startling case, a man was shot on a commuter  train and no one looked up from their phones. I think it's crazy and clearly I'm not alone. I hear about more and more people going on "cell phone diets." And companies are even getting on the purge: Giorgio Armani pledge to donate clean water for a day to children in need if a people could stay off their smartphones for 10 minutes. So I decided to give it a try. I went without my cell phone for 24 hours and I'll be honest, it wasn't pretty.

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    The worst thing happened to me today, you guys. My iPhone froze. It was the black screen of death, and it wasn't coming back. No silver apple, no rainbow wheel of purgatory ... just deathy blackness.

    It was a rough day until I made my way to the genius bar this afternoon to get it diagnosed and fixed. You know when you realize how much you use your cellphone? When it stops working, that's when.

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    It seems like decades ago we were using rotary phones. Ah, that's because it was decades ago, wasn't it?! Can anyone else remember sitting on the couch or standing in the kitchen and letting their fingers dwindle on the rotary dial. Never mind whether you had to make an urgent call or not -- just placing that call was going to take minutes longer than it ever would on a cell! Remember what a dial tone sounded like? What about a busy signal? Can you even imagine not being able to get in touch with someone because he or she is already on the phone with someone else? Puh-leeze.

    It's easy for adults to forget the crazy, hazy days of rotary phones. Now imagine placing one in the hands of a 5-, 9-, or 13-year-old and expecting them to know how to even hold the prehistoric device. That's exactly what The Fine Brothers did and the children's reactions -- caught on video -- are priceless.

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