Is the world’s oldest emoji really the world's oldest?
Istanbul, Turkey - Archaeologists in Turkey believe they have found the earliest example of the smiley face emoji. If only there were a way for them to express their delight about this.
A smiley face was drawn on the side of a pitcher dating back to 1,700BCE, by a visionary who must have died in torment knowing that he or she would never see an iPhone, not even an iPhone 2.
Nikolo Marchetti, the professor leading the excavation, told the media: “This pitcher was used to drink sherbet, a sweet drink. We have probably found the oldest smiley emoji.” And then he did a winky face at all his colleagues.
Prior to the find, the oldest smiley emoji was thought to date back to 1635. It was a smiley face drawn by a lawyer on a legal document in Slovakia. It’s not clear what the legal document was, but if it was a copyright claim on the smiley emoji, no wonder he was pleased.