ATTENTION I have been elected to inform you that throughout your process of collecting and executing files, you have accdientally (sic) ¶HÜ¢KΣ► [PHUCKED] yourself over: again, that’s PHUCKED yourself over. No, it cannot be; YES, it CAN be, a √ìτûs [virus] has infected your system. Now what do you have to say about that? HAHAHAHAHA. Have ¶HÜÑ [PHUN] with this one and remember, there is NO cure for AIDS
AIDS (circa 1990) is a computer virus written in Turbo Pascal 3.01a which overwrites com files.
The world’s oldest smiley, says Swedish media. Scientists found it in the grave of a rich dude who died 1500 years ago.
Cross-stitch’s emoticons by crafty-manx (2008)
Emoticons/emojis created by overlyaing several text characters on top of eachother. These instructions are from 1976, and might have been around as early as 1972.
This technique was possible on the amazing 1970s PLATO computer, and probably never again after that? You could also move the text-chars around on a pixel level. Pictures/info from platopeople.com.
How were these things done? Well, on PLATO, you could press SHIFT-space to move your cursor back one space — and then if you typed another character, it would appear on top of the existing character. And if you wanted to get real fancy, you could use the MICRO and SUB and SUPER keys on a PLATO keyboard to move up and down one pixel or more — in effect providing a HUGE array of possible emoticon characters.
Leetspeak from 123 years ago. Contains a smiley, strange spelling and even an upside down character. Published in Typewriter World, 1897. Found by Koichi Yasuoka.
Emoticon Calendar by Brigada Creativa
Crazy online image app converts pictures into arranged tiles, creating them with sprites from various sources. Different styles include Super Mario, Rainbow Islands, various emoticons (including animated Japanese gifs), and icons from apps such as Skype and Gmail.
Just select an image from your desktop and drag it onto the page it will be converted. Use the drop down menu on the top right to change the style.
(via Kim Asendorf)
Skype art by Raquel Meyers, made with Skype Emoticon Art Drawing Tool
Bob Zoell, Wilshire/Vermont Metro Station, 2005