0 Happy 30th Birthday, Emoticon :-)

On September 19, 1982 at 11:44 am, Professor Scott Fahlman of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University sent the following email to a colleague.

professor scott fahlman, emoticon
And thus, the emoticon (a portmanteau of the words emotion + icon) was born.

"This was a little bit of silliness that I tossed into a discussion about physics," Fahlman said. "It was ten minutes of my life. I expected my note might amuse a few of my friends, and that would be the end of it." Boy was he wrong. =(

(via The Independent)

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