design
Where the Male and Female Symbols Came From

Representing two planets, iron, copper and a couple of Olympian gods, the classical symbols for male and female pack a lot of meaning into a few squiggly lines. Read More >>

design
The History of Those Weird Keyboard Symbols You Never Knew You Needed

Before the age of the internet, you likely never noticed some of the keyboard symbols that you now use all the time. Most of us still don't know the actual history behind these now-ubiquitous symbols, the reasons they exist, or how they ended up in your email addresses and URLs. It's actually fascinating once you start digging. It turns out that type itself dates back to the early days of civilization. So even in cyberspace, there are a few paleolithic surprises. Read More >>

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When Did We Start Using the + and – Signs?

Though most people in this world never want to think about maths after school, let's talk about its symbols. Where and when did the symbols for addition and subtraction get invented? We don't even question them when we see them now. But what the heck did people use before that? Read More >>

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The Secret Symbol on Almost Every Camera

PetaPixel revealed a nice little factoid about the secret symbol that's on almost every camera. If you read the camera's manual, you probably already know what it is but if you didn't, that circle with a line drawn through it marks exactly where the sensor of the camera is located. Read More >>