Please, everybody: try this at home. It's an iPhone selfie prank we first heard about through the Daily Dot, and it's gosh darn magical. By following these simple directions, you'll have your friends texting you awkward selfies without them even knowing it. (See kitten above. See human below.)
When you're texting with someone in iMessage, you'll notice the camera icon to the left of the typing box. Tell them to hold that down. Another little camera button will show up. Ask them to tap it and . . . voilà! This will automatically send you a selfie you can hold against them for all of eternity.