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The origin of the hashtag 

The hashmark was was born in the 70s at Bell Labs and was first known as the ‘octothorpe’. This little article on its genesis is mildly interesting, though I would have preferred to learn more. Who designed the hashtag? Was it based on other existing symbols? This piece didn’t get into too much depth on the matter, but what really caught my attention was a passing mention of a crazy-sounding game:

"octopush (an underwater game played by two teams of scuba divers pushing a lead puck on the bottom of a swimming pool) originally had eight players a side"

Why isn’t this an Olympic sport?? 

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  2. cycoboy817 said: Pound symbol
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  4. garyschroeder said: Water polo is dull enough without submerging the whole thing.
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  8. snowytumblr said: It must have been the work of Tiro …Ciceros right hand man who designed shorthand…you see him everyday on your keyboard with the ampisand &. He was a slave who I see & remember everyday…long live Tiro & his legacy! #fabulous
  9. saganatt said: another name for octopush is underwater hockey :) it’s fairly popular in some countries! i played it for a while, it’s a blast.
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