A Brief History of the Poop Emoji

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Welcome to another week of Reading List where we dig through all those Black Friday deals assaulting your Twitter feed to bring some much deserved stories from around the web to your attention. This week we have contributions from The Awl, ProPublica, Fast Company, and The New York Times. Happy Reading.

  • Nowadays, when someone says the world "email," it's more likely to cause revulsion rather than excitement, but email has a way of haunting us with memories—for better or worse. Unlike curated posts to social media, email are just brief snippets of communication and have much longer existence in comparison to Twitter. The Awl describes every email as a "ghost story," and when you conjure them up, strange things can happen. [The Awl]
  • Charles Taylor is Liberian warlord who dragged his country into the trenches of a bloody civil conflict turned ethnic war in the 90s and eventually emerged as its president. However, it's not widely known that an American company had a lot to do with his ascent to power, the good ole Firestone tire manufacturer. [ProPublica]
  • Since the emoji's invention in the late 80s, the hieroglyphic form of communication has been a go-to resource for expressing oneself online. But the most stand out character has been the poop emoji, the Japanese-born emoji Google introduced in 2008. Here's how this expression of defecation came to be. [Fast Company]
  • We may hate passwords, but we've got to remember them—lots of them—or else we'll be locked out of all our accounts. In order to solidify these combinations of letters, numbers, and various capitalization in our memory, they're often pulled from memories or moments we could never, ever forget. These are just a few. [The New York Times]