At 11:44am, 25 years ago today, the smiley was invented:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman 🙂 From: Scott E Fahlman
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 🙁
It’s nice to know the smiley is 25, but it’s also interesting that in 1982 Professor Fahlman thought that the internet was becoming clogged with silliness. I wonder what he thinks of it all now.