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Typing 'lobster' now easier than eating them, thanks to emoji

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Theresa Hayes | 08 February, 2018, 04:55

There will be a lobster emoji available for use later this year, thanks to the crustacean's best advocate, Sen.

On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium announced the emoji would be added to its library, a move that King hailed as "great news".

Angus King of ME has finally netted his state a lobster emoji.

"Great news for ME - we're getting a lobster emoji!" wrote the 73-year-old senator, cleverly signing off his tweet with cow and crown emoji (Get it?).

The Unicode Consortium launched in 1988 with a mission to create worldwide standards for software and data. One interesting fact is that the list includes emojis with different hair color and style for the first time: red hair, white hair, curly hair, and even baldness. Users can expect to see support for these new emoji rolling out in the second half of 2018.

Unicode, a nonprofit organization that promotes consistency in computer coding, said Wednesday the lobster emoji was among more than 150 picked to be added in the next round of emojis. The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee determines which characters will become part of the official emoji lexicon, creating a uniform code that can be used across platforms.

Unicode named the lobster as a finalist previous year. More than 5,400 people signed an online petition calling for the addition of the lobster.