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The same words as on the first text in history: ‘Merry Christmas.’

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"Thatcher has died."

The 2009 text message from John Baird, then transport minister, who referred to his 16-year-old cat, not the octogenarian former British prime minister. But the text spawned a wave of rumours the Iron Lady had passed away – much to the amusement of the British press.

"send me something very naughty"

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Text from golfer Tiger Woods to Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress who came forward about their affair in December, 2009.


The Red Cross partnered with mobile companies to allow users to text their donations. The initiative raised tens of millions and was used in subsequent relief efforts and political campaigns. It has come under fire from some aid groups, who argue it does not do much good in real time: Many of the donations are collected only when you pay your cellphone bill.

"SpotTheStation! Time: Wed Apr 25 7:45 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 66 degrees, Appears: WSW, Disappears NE."

For the astronomically inclined, NASA will send text messages several hours before the space station passes over your home when the sightings are high enough in the sky and last long enough to give you the best view of the orbiting laboratory.

"Child: 8 YO girl, eye brown, hair brown, white sweatr. Suspect: Woman, 30 YO, eye brown, hair brown. Call 911 with info."

Wireless AMBER Alerts were created in May, 2010, to allow customers of most Canadian wireless service providers to opt-in to receive free text message on their cellphones to alert them of missing children in their vicinity. The service is available in all 10 provinces and three territories by texting "AMBER" to 26237.

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"Let us go forth in the joy of the risen Lord and trusting in his permanent help."

The first text message sent by Pope Benedict XVI to Italian cellphone users in 2005 when he took over the "thought of the day" service his predecessor launched in 2003. The service also told subscribers of Benedict's XVI's election and John Paul II's death.

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