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Lee Thompson, travel guru takes best selfie photo ever; 2,400 feet above Rio

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Monday, a selfie taken by Lee Thompson went viral; one look at the now infamous photo and you will understand why the photo has gone viral so quickly. Lee Thompson’s selfie photo was taken four days ago, and Saturday it was posted to Thompson’s blog called “The Flash Pack” along with a video of the experience. Monday, the video and selfie started to create an Internet buzz after Yahoo and People posted it on their websites earlier in the day. See the video above for the process it took to get the amazing selfie.

Thompson took the photo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil atop the infamous “Christ the Redeemer” statue that is 2,400 feet above the city of Rio.

Thompson was in Rio de Janeiro to do some research about the World Cup when he had the idea of climbing to the top of the statue and taking a selfie. He then had to get special permission from the tourism board in Rio. He recorded the entire event on a GoPro camera. Whether you look at the photo or the video…you will feel a little bit of a drop in your stomach when you look at it and imagine being up there. Thompson on the other hand, does not seem to be bothered by the height at all; in fact, he seems to thrive on the thrill of it all.

Lee Thompson wrote this on his “The Flash Pack” blog about the incredible experience:

"Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics. After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ's shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with excitement and I couldn't wait another second."

A friend took a photo of Thompson (from the shoulder) and it shows Thompson right on top of the head of the massive statue. He had this to say about his experience:

“As I popped my head out of the hole in Jesus' crown, I was in total and utter awe as my eyes met with a vast panorama that quite literally took my breath away. Talk about a religious experience!"

"To some, taking pictures of yourself is considered vain, but this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity taught me that the selfie is a powerful medium through which we can share our perspectives, inspirations and personal stories with the world at large. It's not about funny mugshots with scenic backdrops or daredevil stunts. It's a way to mark the moment and say, 'I was here.'"

This selfie is definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and one Thompson will be proud of for a long time to come. Many people have left comments on Thompson’s blog saying that it just might be the best selfie ever taken. Many viewers seem to agree. See the video above for the view from the top of the statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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