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New Lobster Emoji Gets Legs

Maine, USA —(Map)

On February 7, Senator Angus King was very excited. Why? Because there was going to be a new emoji  – a lobster! But the lobster drawing included a big mistake.

Lobster emoji with only eight legs.
Lobster emoji with only eight legs.
(Source: Unicode via Emojipedia.)

Emojis are a special way to include a small picture mixed in with words. They are used often when people send texts and on some social media, such as Twitter.

Mr. King is from Maine, where fishing for lobsters is very important for businesses. Mr. King said on Twitter, “Great news for Maine – we’re getting a lobster emoji!!!”

Senator Angus King
Senator Angus King
(Source: US Senate, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Mr. King thanked Unicode – the group that decides what should be an emoji – for adding the lobster. Unicode also added several other new emojis, such as a woman superhero, a mosquito, and a pirate flag.

Fixed lobster emoji with ten legs.
Fixed lobster emoji with ten legs.
(Source: Unicode via Emojipedia.)

Lots of other people were also interested in the new lobster emoji. But some people noticed a problem. The emoji only had eight legs, and a real lobster has ten, including the first two with large claws. People complained about the mistake. Now the emoji is fixed. The new lobster emoji now has ten legs.

Lobster emoji before and after.
Lobster emoji before and after.
(Source: Emojipedia via Twitter.)

Maine, USA


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