The lobster emoji is getting a digital makeover

The anatomically inaccurate symbol is now set to be fixed

The lobster emoji is getting a digital makeover
Stars Insider

02/23/18 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Lobster

When the good people of Maine discovered that the lobster emoji was anatomically inaccurate, there were basically riots in the streets.

The whole debate started in early February, when the lobster emoji was first released. Senator Angus King tweeted, "Great news for Maine - we're getting a lobster emoji!!! Thanks to @unicode for recognizing the impact of this critical crustacean, in Maine and across the country. Yours truly, Senator (cow emoji, crown emoji)


However, to much dismay, users quickly realized that the lobster was missing some crucial parts. LA Times reporter, Joel Rubin, tweeted, "I really want to be wrong here, but isn't this bug missing a set of legs? Lobsters have four sets plus the big claws. I see only 3 sets on the emoji."


According to University of Maine's Lobster Institute, American lobsters have four sets of "pereiopods," or "walking legs" in addition to its claws.

So why is this such a problem? Vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, Jeremy Burge, told Mashable that, "For the lobster emoji, it wasn’t an intentional choice to reduce the number of legs, and given the realistic design it makes sense to be accurate," he said. "I might have let it slide given that the legs are so small at emoji sizes, but given the number of complaints from passionate lobster fans, the least we could do is put an extra pair of legs on."

The correct form of the emoji is set to hit phones later this year. Claw clap.

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