On Wednesday, it will have been 30 years since the birth of the smiley emoticons. You probably don't know who invented them.
Well, here is the original e-mail from its creator:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)Note that the format of the e-mail address is a bit obsolete today.
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
Unfortunately, computer scientist Dr Fahlman forgot to include the following line
Could someone please help me with applying for a U.S. patent?and this omission decided that he hasn't become a billionaire. ;-)
Some acronyms have become useful, too. For example, David Cameron used to sign his letters with an "LOL" which, he believes, is interpreted as "Lots Of Love". :-D