Do you use emoticons?The young folks may not believe it, but emoticons -- those silly strings of symbols that are supposed to illustrate emotions -- have been around for 30 years.
Experts attribute their creation to a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who, in 1982, told his students that the class needed a way to label jokes online.
"I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways," Scott Fahlman wrote on an online bulletin board (the precursor to what we call forums today).
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But some point to a New York Times transcript of an 1862 speech by Abraham Lincoln, in which "applause and laughter" is followed by a winky smile ";)".
("It looks to me like a typo," Fahlman told New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee in 2009. "I can't imagine an editor putting that in and meaning, 'Ha ha,' trying to emphasize what Lincoln had said. That goes beyond the bounds of editorial comment in a piece of reporting
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- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, Sep 20, 2012 3:47 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You'd better call for backup now. You're feisty, fiery and ready to talk. Have a dinner dish session to make your own ears burn. Get your firecracker friends together and do what you do best -- talk! Order different desserts so you can dish about their tastiness too.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You can get your friends to go along with most anything and you'll have fun through the process. You're ablaze with potential and bound for greatness. Rally companions or friends to help paint that fence or weed your yard. Just make your wish known or they'll never know how to help.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Spring into action today: explore something new. Be spontaneous, whether you
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Sep 20, 2012 3:28 PM EDT
Remember when robots were just a nerdy sci-fi fantasy? The only people that knew or cared about them were considered nerds, geeks, and every other old-school word for outcast. Now robots have become a reality, a mainstream fascination, and a verifiable trend (thank you, hipsters). There's a robot for everyone; from retro to futuristic, the versatility of robots keep them at the forefront of pop culture ... and now home decor! A simple search will give you tons of robot-inspired products to decorate your home with. Here are our top 5 picks. - By Roxanna Sarmiento
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How Country Living's editor-in-chief, Sarah Gray Miller, overhauled an outrageously dated space on the cheap. (Psst: She shops at Walmart!)
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4 Ways to Make a Small Space Look Bigger with Books for Better Living
By: Jillian Sanders via Books for Better Living
As a New Yorker, I'm fascinated by the ways people design smaller living spaces, so it makes sense that I'm a big fan of the interior design website Apartment Therapy, which offers daily ideas on how to maximize small living areas. So imagine my delight in reading Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, by the website's cofounder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous look book.
According to Gillingham-Ryan, size constraints can actually unlock design creativity and allow you to focus on what's essential. In the book, Maxwell shares 40 small, cool spaces that will help change your approach to decorating by teaching you how to look at a space differently. Most of the "therapy" in the book involves minor tweaks that can be accomplished on a limited budget. Beautiful photography and an extensive resource guide of Gillingham-Ryan's favorite websites and stores will help turn even the tiniestRead More »from 4 Ways to Make a Small Space Look Bigger
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Wed, Sep 19, 2012 3:52 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You crave the utmost of satisfaction in your living space, but something about your home is not quite comfortable enough for you. Maybe it's your toxic roommate or maybe it's your dead Aunt Melba's couch, but whatever it is, get rid of it. As soon as that thing is gone, balance will once again be restored.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Astro Identity Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If you're going to have a yard sale, now's the time to execute your plan. But remember, it does take work. So make sure you've fairly priced your items, advertised the event and have ample change. You don't want this excellent money-making opportunity to turn into a total disaster.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Eat a combination of power-packed grains
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 19, 2012 1:55 PM EDT
Everyone has it - that special place where they go to kick back, forget about their worries, and just soak in the calm. We asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their favorite spaces in their homes and WOW, did they send in some beautiful photos! From kitchens to porches to guest rooms, take a peek and see what makes each individual space so special. Whether you're looking for inspiration for your own home or just want to get a behind the scenes look at what helps others unwind, here are 7 incredible spaces. - By Babble Editors
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By Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network
Our houses are our havens. They protect us from the elements and wild animals, they provide a place to raise our families and keep our belongings, and they offer a little relief from the maddening world. They are our sanctuaries.
But they can also be a menace. Not in the Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe kind of way - they aren't actively out to get us - but many an accident comes courtesy of the dynamics of the home.
The kitchen offers open flames and honed steel designed to cut through plants and flesh; utility rooms and broom closets provide an array of toxic cleaning chemicals worthy of a Superfund site; halls and stairways are prime tripping zones; and the garage provides auto and gardening chemicals and tools.
The potential for danger lurks everywhere.
But it's the bathroom that we need to worry about. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, and bathrooms are where theseRead More »from What's the Most Dangerous Room in the House?
Crossover vehiclesShopping for cars isn't easy. While it's tempting to stick with a brand you're familiar with, I'd encourage you to go out and try a variety of cars from several different manufacturers. Be sure you're comparing "apples to apples" by staying in the same category whether that's compact, midsize, or SUV. You might be surprised by a brand you'd never considered.
In our recent review of 19 Crossover vehicles (small SUV's) we found what we think are the best after extensive testing. While we strongly recommend our top 6 picks listed below, take a look at the following checklist to clarify what's important before you make a purchase.
Size: Naturally, this is your first consideration. If you're looking at crossovers and small SUVs, you'll notice that most manufacturers make a small, medium, and large crossover. If you're young, don't have much to lug around, want a fun ride and good fuel economy stick to a small model like the VW Tiguan. If you have aRead More »from 5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a New Car
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Celebrate big, billowing flowers, like hydrangeas, with an exuberant large-scale arrangement. Here, the flowers overflow from a generous glazed-iron urn-shaped vase in an effortlessly elegant way, while tendrils of clematis emphasize the cottage-garden feeling.
Tip: Leave the woody stems long and anchor them in a two-tier wire flower frog, which can be secured to the bottom of a vase with dots of floral adhesive.
Plus: Fall Flower Arrangements
Make a jewel-like bouquet by combing unexpected elements. Begonia leaves snipped from houseplants in rich shades of red and green blend beautifully with the caramel-colored Mission vase.
Go for Height
Long flower stems naturally follow the shape of this trumpet vase: They reach up and out, and the result is delicate and light. Choose flowers with graceful stems, such as this crocosmia, for the most pleasing look. Shorter
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