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Today is the birthday of the smiley. What do you need to know about it

On September 19, 1982, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott Falman first proposed the use of three consecutive symbols. And it’s not just that.

It was a colon, a hyphen and a closing parenthesis. They together created a kind of smile in the digital and printed text.

Who would have thought that already today emoticons will become an integral part of our lives. And that with each version of iOS emoticons will be several hundred more.

And after all, Apple went further: they introduced Animodzi and Memoji. These are the same smileys, but created by the company’s developers and users.

An interesting fact : on July 19, 2017, the most ancient smiley was found by a team of archaeologists from Turkey and Italy during excavations in the city of Karkamish in the province of Gaziantep. Smiley is applied to the surface of a clay jar for sorbet. It was made in the 1700s BC.

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