Using an asterisk to mark a correction has been common practice in stenotype typewriting since the 1800s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The asterisk derives from the two thousand year old character called the asteriskos, β€», used when proofreading poetry to mark lines that were duplicated. The asterisk evolved in shape over time, but its meaning as a symbol used to correct defects remained. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Phones have an asterisk and pound sign because when Bell Labs designed the first touch-tone phone, their system had two tones which were not assigned values. So, they threw in * and #. blog.solidsignal.com/cont…
Asterisk (*), from Ancient Greek (asteriskos), means "little star" perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Asterisks are usually five-pointed in sans-serif fonts and six-pointed in serif fonts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
The hashtag on a telephone is called an 'octothorpe' and the asterisk is called a 'sextile'. todayifoundout.com/index.…
In 2007, Marc Ecko purchased Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball for $752,467. He then let fans vote on what to do with it- Bestow it, Brand it, or Banish it. The ball was branded with an asterisk and donated to the Hall of Fame. nydailynews.com/sports/ba…
Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball was donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame by fashion designer Marc Ecko, but not before being branded with an asterisk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Three asterisks in a row is called a "dinkus" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
Three consecutive asterisks are called a dinkus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Threw consecutive asterisks (***) is called a dinkus and can be used to indicate minor breaks in text, call attention to a passage, or to separate sub-chapters in a book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Asterisks (*) usually have 5 points in sans-serif typefaces and 6 points in serif typefaces, though there's no accepted standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
How to reveal your forgotten password hidden behind the asterisks. webtlk.com/2010/09/02/an-…
The Asterisk has been used for corrections since about mid-1800s, it doesn't really say exactly when. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Three consecutive asterisks is called a dinkus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Three asterisks in a row (***) is called a "dinkus". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
If you edit a comment within the first minute of posting it the asterisk doesn't show

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As a condition of Serbia's acceptance of increased sovereignty for Kosovo, Kosovo's official name was changed to "Kosovo*", the first and only state in history to have an asterisk as part of it's name. e-ir.info/2012/03/03/the-…
Other names for the typographical footnote markers "star" which is usually followed by "dagger" are asterisk and obelisk... english.stackexchange.com…
If you put an asterisk before and after a word (ex. *hello*) in goggle chat, the word becomes bold. tech-recipes.com/rx/981/g…
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Beverly Hillbillies-themed parody of "Money For Nothing" is correctly titled "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" with the slash and asterisk, because of legal complications en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
AT&T used the asterisk/star (*) on push-button phones to transfer calls to MCI and pound/hash (#) key was used to disconnect the call once the transfer had been completed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
The asterisk after the date stamp on a comment indicates that it's been edited.

I always wondered why people bothered putting the "EDIT:" tag.

Today I learned that an asterisk next to a comment's time means the comment has been edited reddit.com/help/faq#Whatd…
The asterisk is derived from the need of the printers of family trees in feudal times for a symbol to indicate date of birth. The original shape was seven-armed, each arm like a teardrop shooting from the center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…

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