read it sideways

wired magazine has an article on mister ‘scott e fahlman’ who sent the following email way back on the 19th of september 1982 and thereby invented the smiley emoticon…

19-Sep-82 11:44, From: Scott E Fahlman :-)
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)

Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use: :-(

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