Emoticon Birthday

The emoticon turns 25.

The emoticon came into existence on September 18th, 1982. Between :-) and leetspeak, the world will never be the same again.

Editorial note: Whoa! You’ve found a super-old post here on BuzzFeed, from an earlier era of the site. It doesn’t really represent where we are anymore, and may in fact be totally broken, but we’re leaving it up as a part of our early history.

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