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Submission + - 25 Years of the Emoticon (

raylu writes: The Emoticon will be 25 years old this September. From the Carnegie Mellon article,

"It has been fascinating to watch this phenomenon grow from a little message I tossed off in ten minutes to something that has spread all around the world," said Fahlman [the creator of the smiley].

In the more humorous NYTimes article,

More than once, Alexis Feldman, the director of the Feldman Realty Group, a commercial real estate company in Manhattan, has been moving forward on a major deal when, she said, "at the 23rd hour, I get an e-mail from the broker saying, 'Sorry, my client is not interested in the space, too bad we couldn't make the big bucks' — then there's a frown face!"

The original thread and some others are reproduced here.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan