1982, Origin Of The Smiley
Like many others, I wondered who invented the :-) smiley and started looking for an answer.
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(
Source: Mickael B. Jones’ research page.
Bonus chatter: The Mystery of J.
Did you ever notice a stray J at the end of an email? Chances are high the message has been authored in Microsoft Outlook.
In the process of delivering emails, many things can happen:
- the font metadata may get skipped/lost, e.g. when emails are sent as plain text
- email clients may be configured to read emails as plain text
- the WingDings font may be missing on the operating system
- email clients may fail to use or decide to ignore the WingDings font altogether
As a consequence, you end up seeing a J, simple as that.
Source: Raymond Chen’s blog.
Recently, I even spotted that J in a blog post on the VC++ blog, and the author confirmed she used Microsoft Word to write her post. Who said technology was simple?