Thursday, September 19, 2002

Happy Birthday, :-)

The :-) smiley turns 20 today. It was first proposed by Scott E. Fahlman (a CMU researcher) in 1982, a fact that was recently verified thanks to a 60-hour manhunt reminiscent of Speak Like a Child, where CMU sysadmins searched through dingy storage rooms for an ancient tape drive to read the backup tape containing Fahlman’s original message.

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