"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Smileys are from Mars!

I love smileys!

Both the traditional ones with the yellow faces, and others that soon followed.
With the advent of msn (there named "emoticons") they have proliferated and have become delightfully animated.

I've been collecting them for a while now — I know, I know: a totally infantile pastime. I guess it nourishes part of my inner child. (I do hope that's what it is!)

What I didn't know until recently:
The First Smiley is from Mars!

Just goes to show that the War God has a lighter side... or smileys a meaner.

(the Earthling version!)

The Martian Ancestor

The First Picture: 1976 Viking I Mission

Originaly called "Happy Face" Crater, the Original Smiley is the Galle Crater on Mars.

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