We see symbols everyday, like the ichthys fish, democrat donkey and the bluetooth rune, but do you ever spare a thought for their origins? From female and male symbols to the pause symbol, here are 9 Everyday Symbols You Didn’t Know The Meaning Of!
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Featuring... Our everyday lives are saturated with symbols that are designed to express ideas, from the logos of automobile manufacturers to the buttons on your television remotes. Many of us take these symbols for granted, and even though we know what they stand for we rarely have any understanding of their origins or their secret meanings. The Jesus Fish ( its A Bit Racier Than You Might Think) - This iconic fish symbol, often called the Icthys, has often been used as a synonym for the Christian faith and features prominently on everything from billboards to bumper stickers. Female and Male Symbols - Perhaps most popularized by horoscopes and dating services, the symbols for man and woman are two of the most common that we find in our daily lives. But very few people actually know where these symbols come from. In reality, they find their roots in alchemy, an old form of mystical science that was concerned with astrology and chemistry. Bluetooth Runes - That strange little symbol on the side of your Bluetooth devices isn`t just a stylized ‘B’. The inventors of Bluetooth borrowed from Norse mythology in designing their logo which is a bind-rune, or two runes that have been combined. The Pause Symbol In Poetry - You are watching one of your favorite movies and the phone rings, so you reach for the remote to hit Pause. Without realizing it you are in fact exercising one of the oldest linguistic tools in the history of literacy. The Mystery of On/Off and USB - There are a number of symbols related to computers that we have come to accept at face value in terms of their function. One of the most popular of course is the on/off symbol that features a small vertical line inside a circle. Biohazard Symbol as a Tattoo - The biohazard symbol is another one of the most recognizable symbols in our culture, in part because it is meant to warn us of danger. The creators of the symbol however didn’t have any hidden agendas in designing it, and only wanted something that would look distinctive. However, that didn’t stop others from adapting it to their own meanings by putting it on company logos, video games, and clothes. Mitsubishi Family Crest - Ever wondered about the different logos that car companies use? From Toyota to Subaru there is often a lot more to these decals than meets the eye, and the Mitsubishi logo is no exception. Democratic Donkey and Republican Elephant - Anyone familiar with American politics will immediately recognize the symbols used to distinguish the two main parties. On the Democrats side, the image of the donkey can be traced back to the 1828 election in which Andrew Jackson was running for president. Because of his stubborn personality, many of his opponents took to calling him a ‘jackass’. Rolling with the punches, he took the insult and adapted it to become a symbol of being strong willed. Peace Signs and Nuclear Disarmament - The last symbol in our video, and by far one of the most influential is probably the peace sign. Designed by British graphic designer Gerald Holtom in 1958, its original purpose was to protest the use of nuclear weapons. He wanted to use the semaphore alphabet, which is a form of communicating using flags and arm movements, and overlapped the letters N and D in the design to stand for ‘Nuclear Disarmament”. Later, Holtom revealed that he had also been very depressed at this period in his life, and that the peace sign was a stylized stick figure of himself with head down and arms outstretched.