Has the geek in you ever wondered where the "smiley" came from – you know, the use of 🙂 to indicate a joke (and the hundreds of other variants that have appeared over the years). Well, Kris has found out that it was in fact in 1982 at an American university…

The full story of the decision can be found here, along with the original thread from the 1982 mainframe at Carnegie Mellon university – in amongst discussions of pidgeons in elevators and Pittsburg Zoo!