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The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It :-)

Using three keystrokes to suggest a smile may not be a great scientific advance, but the emoticon has been simple, useful and enduring.

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'Anti-Cheating Ring' Not Likely To Deter History

A wedding ring that proposes to imprint "I'M MARRIED" on a would-be philanderer's finger is sparking a lot of attention — and outrage. I'm merely skeptical.

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Sweetness And Light

The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright And Beautiful

The recent death of artist LeRoy Neiman calls for remembering a man who was humble with his success, and generous with his help.

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