Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email at ARPA, used the “@” sign to signify that the message was sent to a person and not a machine.
Wingdings included since Windows 3.1 has been the center of a strange controversy. The dingbat font contains many popular and common shapes that can quickly be incorporated in documents. In the original font, typing the three letters 'NYC' in sequence, would display skull-cross bones, star of David and thumbs up sign. Some people interpreted as an antisemitic message and raised a big hue and cry over it. In later versions, the symbols were changed to eye, heart and skyline, which is like a hat tip to the famous "I ♥ NY" logo designed by Milton Glaser. [more...]