"First ever smilie" unearthed in the depths of computer history
Ahh, how archaeology has fallen. At one time, to discover history ment you had to get out into the outdoors to dig it up. Now you just have to look through hundreds of thousands of early eighties computer messages. Discovered by a Microsoft researcher, no less, the definative message is apparently from the Carnegie Mellon University BBS on September 19th, 1982 and reads: "I propose that the following character sequence for markers :-)." If so, someone's 20th birthday is coming up.