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  E-archaeologists find 'first ever smiley' :-)
Updated 14 September 2002, 11.46
Emoticons
Computer archaeologists at Microsoft think they have found the first ever smiley :-) !

  Press Packer talks to Microsoft boss Bill gates

The smiley dates back to a message board posting from 19 September 1982 and took six months to find.

Fact File
Some emots
8-P Yuck!
:-6 Exhausted
:-e Disappointed
:-k Puzzlement
:p Sticking tongue out
:-@ Screaming
|-{ Good grief!
:-( Really mad
-=#:-) Wizard

Researcher Mike Jones searched through loads of old postings on the first ever message boards from the Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s.

The message he found says: "I propose the following character sequence for markers :-)."

Smileys are also known as "emoticons" and were thought up by computer users to show their feelings or emotions through typing.

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There are thousands of variations now, which include abbreviations like LOL (laughing out loud).

People use them in e-mails, chat rooms and txt messages. There are even different kinds of emoticons for Japanese surfers.

If it is the first ever smiley, it means emoticons celebrate their 20th birthday next week!

:))

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