(photo credit: Harvey Ross Ball)
The Smithsonian credits graphic artist Harvey Ross Ball with creating the ubiquitous smiley face in 1963 — his aim was to boost morale at the insurance company where he worked. Ball was allegedly paid $45 for his creation, which took all of 10 minutes to create. Fast-forward a decade or so later, and that’s when Bernard and Murray Spain, two brothers from Philadelphia, bought the exclusive rights to the smiley face, emblazoning it, along with the tagline “Have A Nice Day,” on everything they could get their hands on. In the first year and a half, the brothers netted $50 million — now that’s something worth smiling about.