emoticons stories

 
Emoticon turned 30 last week and love 'em or hate 'em, a well-meaning friend probably sends you a :-) or a :-( from time to time. Last week, an expert explained some of the more challenging faces, but what about all of those strange one-offs that stray far from the typical smiley/frowny faces we all know?
 
If you've been waiting for emoticons to fall out of favor and be dismissed as a fad, it's time for a reality check. They've become a permanent fixture of online communication, so you may as well surrender and embrace...