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Colin Powell's Throwback Thursday selfie: 'Eat your heart out Ellen!'

Colin Powell's Throwback Thursday selfie: 'Eat your heart out Ellen!'
Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of State, had a special message for Ellen DeGeneres. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell got in the Throwback Thursday fun on Facebook with a vintage selfie -- one that was taken long before selfies became a thing.

He posted a black and white photo of himself on his Facebook page with the caption: "Throwback Thursday -- I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!"

The Ellen reference is, of course, to Ellen DeGeneres, who took a selfie with movie stars at the Oscars that went viral and holds the record for most retweets. He tagged the page for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in his update.

Powell's selfie is also going viral, with more than 65,000 likes as of Thursday afternoon. But it doesn't beat Ellen's selfie, which has more than 3 million retweets.

Love Throwback Thursday (especially when it involves selfies)? Me too. Follow me on Twitter: @lauraelizdavis

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