Sure, H.G. Wells may have invented the Video iPod, but, as I’ve pointed out before, Vladamir Nabokov invented the smiley emoticon:
“I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile — some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question.” – Nabokov in interview, 1969
Now that’s prescience!
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