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Emoji #01 (°°)~ Tadpole Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/27/2018
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Emoji #01 (°°)~ Tadpole

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The typographical expression of emotions have been around for a very long time. The first evidence of this is a clay pot that was unearthed on the border between Turkey and Syria. It has a primitive emoji painted on the pot... a curved line for a smiling mouth, and two dots for the eyes - a smiling face decoration on the pot. The astonishing part is this : the clay pot dates back nearly 4,000 years to around 1700 BC!

Chronologically, here are some other dates of significance where smileys were discovered :
1741 : the first use of an emoji in text where Bernard Hennet drew a smiley in his signature
1900 : poet Johannes V Jensen wrote a letter and included a happy face and a sad face
1919 : a very detailed smiley was used as a sticker on customers' receipts
1953 : smileys are used on movie posters as promotion

But thereafter, the smiley got a makeover when the smiley as we know it today was finally registered in 1963 by Harvey Ball as a promotion for a client. It was used on 50,000,000 buttons and was an instant worldwide hit. Since then there have been a monumental rise in the use of, and additions to, the basic Smiley


With the advent of the personal computer, people used plain text characters to express their emotions, and across the available alphabet characters, there are literally tens of thousands of these emoticons. With the development of graphic art as a medium, these emoticons became pictures and the name changed to emojis. Much easier to click on a pic of a snake than having to type out ~>°)~~~~~~ for sure. Yes - the first emoticons were viewed at right angles to the horizontal, but there are also those viewed normally. Then there are one-liners, two, three, four and more liners!

Merry★* 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★Christmas★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門|


Because this is such a fascinating piece of text history - largely unknown - and the prequel to today's emotion pictures, this series is dedicated to some of these text based emojis. Some English, some Japanese, some Chinese... If you have time, feel free to search Asian Emoticons and be amazed at the thousands of these that are today mostly forgotten


This cache is dedicated to the tadpole emoticon and is depicted as


The cache is not hidden is a place where tadpoles will live, but it represents its relative size and colour :-)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)