The classic "smiley" emoticon above was created in 1982 by a Carnegie Mellon student named Scott Fahlman. He was spurred to do this when a fellow student's bulletin board joke was misunderstood.
FYI History Note: this is the original 1982 conversation that started modern-day emoticons.
Here is a beginning list of some popular emotional icons:
(remember to tilt your head and view them sideways)
Those are fighting words! Put 'em up!
I am smiling in a classic way
I am sticking out my tongue
I am sticking out tongue, and I have a nose
I am sticking out tongue, and I have sunglasses
I am having a hard time
Winking at you
I am crying
I am laughing happily
Rose for you (to show affection)
I am snoring
I am annoyed
I am a cowboy
I am a chef
I am skateboarder
I have a big mouth.
I am pro-nuclear war.
I am wearing a Santa Claus Hat.
I am a vampire.
My mean pet.
I am brain dead right now.
I am seriously angry.
Kiss my butt
Want to have some coffee?
I have big lips and I want to kiss you
I am winking in a devilish way, because I just made a lewd or suggestive remark.
There are several hundred more emoticons! Click here to see an exhaustive list...
Related article: Internet Shorthand