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While you've been busy celebrating the 25th anniversary of Blade Runner (c'mon, you can admit it), there's another birthday that may have passed you by. Twenty-five years ago, Scott Fahlman at Carnegie Mellon invented the first emoticon and launched an entire language, according to this article from Discover magazine. Without Fahlman, how would texting-obsessed teens communicate?

 

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