Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Very Special Pigeon, The "Pina Colada Song" In Real Life and Happy Birthday Smilies!

I've seen articles with pictures of momma mammals raising abandoned babies from other species but I've never seen anything like this pigeon and a baby monkey.

In other news, remember the "Pina Colada" song, which my husband reminds me was actually titled "Escape"? Back in the days before Match.com and online chat, this whiny dude sees a personal in the paper (while lying in bed next to his wife), responds to it (probably not right there in bed), and sets up a meeting at an Irish bar (we all know those are the best places to start illicit affairs) with this intriguing woman who may or may not be a wet, out of shape, alcoholic nympho with sand down her shorts. Oh Henry! It turns out to be his wife! They wander off into the sunset all smiles and renewed passion. Right.

Here's how it happens in real life.

My favorite quote of the piece was "To be honest I still find it hard to believe that the person, Sweetie, who wrote such wonderful things to me on the internet, is actually the same woman I married and who has not said a nice word to me for years."

At least there was no blood shed. Yet. I'm looking forward to some interesting comments on this one, folks.

Finally, the smiley face is 25 tomorrow.

Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes - a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis - as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message...Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.

"I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)," wrote Fahlman. "Read it sideways."

5 comments:

Angie said...

Yeah, that online chat story is SO getting ripped on in my journal. >:D

Oh..and what the HECK is Meebo??

Dawno said...

Meebo is a web based chat client you can put in your blog. Mine doesn't get much use.:-)

Cookie said...

I heard about that story yesterday morning on the radio.

What I want to know is how did your husband know the real name of that song? *L*

Dawno said...

heh - good point Cookie. I hope it was Google :-)

Dawn Allcot said...

That story (about the Pina Colada Couple) is...so...SAD! I mean, it's funny too. But really sad. I think they should have stayed together. Am I hopelessly romantic and a sap?

Dawn