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    Now we all atribute their origin and use to our very own Flytrapgurl, but I have seen them used in other places, leading me to believe that there is another source. Does anybody know what that source is? Inquiring minds....

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    I've used them since I first started chatting on BBS's... I don't remember what started it.

    If you want to go really far back... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterisk

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    huh?
    using them for what?

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    They're used for quoting (or de-quoting, I suppose) actions, such as writing *sigh* instead of "I'm sighing." I first picked up on them after playing online text-based games (like MUDs,) but I don't know where they came from. Probably old interactive text-based communication protocols.
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    I think some stone age man scribbled them on a wall as stars or something... or perhaps a teacher one day said...

    "That is just wrong, it's to wrong for an X... what's worse than an X... hmmm.. I know... *" Bam... the astrisk was born. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]



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    has anyone ever read "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut? He has an interesting take on the asterisk.
    Sturgeon's Law:
    "Nothing is always absolutely so".

    http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102021

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    There's an asterisk next to Roger Maris' homerun record, when he got past Babe Ruth. There were some interesting remarks about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Jan. 28 2005,2:55)]Now we all atribute their origin and use to our very own Flytrapgurl, but I have seen them used in other places, leading me to believe that there is another source.
    See, I've been telling you guys this all along...
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