Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

The Peculiar Story Behind That "S" Everyone Drew In School.

Thanks to the Internet, we have an endless amount of knowledge at our fingertips. But there are some things out there that even the Internet can't help us to learn about. That includes things such as the "cool S," that silly symbol you doodled all over your school books. Even though people have tried to find its meaning, this is all we know about it.

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There are many people who have theories about the origins of the S, but most of them seem far-fetched. Some people think that it's a paranormal symbol used to attract forces from other realms. There are others that believe it's used for magical protection. Some people even think that the symbol is used for mind control since they think it's usually drawn after being told to do so. And it looks like people start drawing it at a specific age.

The Age Of Fourteen

The Age Of Fourteen

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A strange trend started to surface once online forums began having discussions on the meaning and origin. Hundreds of people commented that they remembered starting to draw the symbol when they reached the age of 14. Because of this, paranormal theories began to gain speed and many people became convinced that it was somehow a part of the occult. But the symbol wasn't just popular with Wiccans and goths.

Everyone Claimed It

Everyone Claimed It

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High schools are full of cliques and it seems like the S symbol infiltrated all of them. But that didn't stop each group from claiming the symbol as their own. "In South FL we called it a ‘surfer’s S’,” wrote a user on Reddit. “In 1994, it was impossible to draw one if you were a poseur.” But the symbol showed up long before the 90s did.

Throughout The Generations

Throughout The Generations

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For some time, people believed the symbol showed up during the 80s. But that can't be true, considering older people know the symbol, as well. One man who graduated in1975 remembered the S symbol being around in the 60s. Another person's parents remembered the symbol from the 50s and they thought it was the symbol for a high school nearby. But the symbol isn't just seen in America.

International Territory

International Territory

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The discussions about the origins of the S began in the United States, but quickly people from all over the world were telling their own experiences of drawing or seeing the symbol. People from Sweden, New Zealand, Egypt, Yemen, and Australia all reported seeing the S when they were children. Some people even remembered the symbol becoming forbidden.

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