First "smiley" shows its face

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[Quote] A Microsoft researcher has apparently rediscovered the first known computerized instance of a “smiley,” the combination of characters used to signify a smile in e-mail and on bulletin boards. [Quote]

The first known use of a smiley was appearantly on Sept. 19 1982 by Scott E. Fahlman.

Kinda cool bit of net trivia.

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