today i learned – weds 6th dec 2017

long time readers of this blog will undoubtably know that i’m quite obsessed with emojis πŸ™ˆ

for that reason, this was a fact that rather caught my eye as i stumbled across it on the world wide interwebnet 😬

#tdil who the original inventor of the smiley face was πŸ™‚

in my book, this dude is an absolute genius who deserves multiple knighthoods and everything else of that ilk 😏 this is the most important invention of all time πŸ€™πŸ»

anyway, when i say ‘the inventor of the smiley face’ what i mean is the dude who is largely credited with creating the smiley face that we’ve come to know and love … i imagine people have been drawing standard smiley faces for thousands of years πŸ™ˆ

it is said that the person who invented the smiley was a graphic artist and ad man named harvey ross ball … he lived in worcester, massachusetts πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (i totally sang that song by the dropkick murphys in my head 🀟🏻)

the smiley face came about in 1963 when ball was commissioned to create a graphic that would raise staff morale at the state mutual life assurance company. the resulting smiley face πŸ™‚ the company ended up using the face on a whole range of stuff … like, posters, mugs, all sorts.

i don’t think harvey really knew what he’d created! he was paid just $45 for his 10 minutes of work and the design was never trademarked or copyrighted by either harvey or the company that he designed it for πŸ˜… … harvs missed out right there.

after that, it started to escalate thanks to two brothers of the hallmark company picking up on the trend and slightly redesigning it πŸ™„

that’s as far as we’re going into that today! the history of the smiley face actually continues for ages … but that’s not what we’re here for today aha πŸ™ˆ

right, that’s us done for today! (i’ve totally waffled today, sozza)

byeee 😁 #tdil

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just a fun one today 😬 if you fancy something a bit more serious (a tiny bit πŸ˜‚) then just go ->here<- πŸ€“

(license time again … apparently i don’t have to do this with images from pexels … but i still like to πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. the header image is ->here<- and the other image is ->here<-)

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