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Did Someone Use an Emoticon in 1862?

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | May 20, 2009 at 11:05AM

From the journalistic institution known as The New York Times, we get an in-depth investigation into the pressing issue of whether someone used an emoticon transcribing an Abraham Lincoln speech back in 1862.

Can you believe these net geeks get so excited over a semicolon adjacent to a parenthesis?  Pants were crapped when they found out editors also took the phrase "LOL" out of an early pressing of Mein Kampf.    ;(

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