Wednesday, September 19, 2007

:-) Invented Here

To the Ferris Wheel, the Big Mac and modern organized labor add the emoticon to things invented in Pittsburgh. It's been 25 years since Scott Fahlman, a rather distinguished professor of at Carnegie Mellon decide that jokes should be designated by the now famous colon dash close parens combo. On his CMU website you can catch up with the other things he's actually accomplished in his life, or you can skip to his history of the Smiley and even peruse the mother thread where the first Smiley appeared.

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