To see the passion of Americans, mess up an emoji

What’s wrong with this emoji?

There are a few things that can stir the passions of America into quick action, and emojis — for reasons I don’t begin to understand — is one of them.

Lobster legs provide an example.

A lobster has 10.

So the emoji has been redrawn. What kind of fool would use an 8-legged lobster emoji? Happy now, America?

When you’d use a lobster emoji — and because I’m aged, when you’d use any emoji — is also a mystery, but it’s at least keeping members of Congress happy.

Unicode is also reconfiguring a new skateboard emoji after an outcry from Big Skateboard. And it’s also replacing a left-hand double helix.

No, really, this upset people in the DNA community.

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

  • Jerry
    • Bob Sinclair

      Actually Google 8.0 had it right the first time as, because of the way our tastebuds are placed, the flavor of the cheese is enhanced when its under the burger.

    • Rob

      I’m waiting for a Juicy Lucy emoji

      • Claire.

        That’s an absolutely stupid thing to wait for and I can’t believe you even suggested it. It should never happen.

        The Jucy Lucy emoji on the other hand…

        /Longfellow girl

        • I pity the archaeologists of the future.

        • Rob

          My bad!

      • The one with the searing cheese scalding the mouth of the hapless “newbie”?

        I ‘d like to see that.

        /Fear the cheese.

  • Jeff C.

    I’m guessing the the lobster and DNA mess-ups are akin to messing up the logo of your favorite baseball team. How would you feel, Bob, if a newspaper printed the Redskins logo when writing about the Indians?

    • That would be closer to having made an emoji out of a cockroach and calling it a lobster.

      • Jeff C.

        Exactly! A cockroach has 6 legs; the “lobster” they drew has 6 walking legs plus two claws. So they drew a cockroach, made it look kind of lobstery, and called it a lobster. 😉 (Like the old-school emoj?)

  • John F.

    I can’t help but wonder about how other people spend their time. I mean, I barely have time to do laundry, much less evaluate tiny Internet symbols for accuracy.

    • Kassie

      I think this is a case of someone who knows about lobsters looks at the emoji and immediately knows it is wrong. It isn’t about evaluating all of them, just the one that means something to you. I’m sure this stood out as much to a lobster enthusiast as a six legged spider would to a spider enthusiast.

  • John K

    It’s good to focus on those important things…

    https://xkcd.com/1953/

  • Jeff

    I can’t imagine how many iterations Kanji when through before they got it right.

  • KTFoley

    People who know enough to care, tend to care.

    As evidence, I first learned of this on Because Gloucester — a satirical Facebook pate for Gloucester Massachusetts where, yeah, they’d know the number of legs on a lobster the same way we’d know Minneapolis from St. Paul.

    Ditto for DNA coils — if it’s worth a Nobel prize to draw it right the first time, it’s worth a graphic designer’s time to draw it right thereafter.

  • Mike Worcester

    I should feel bad for whomever has to ensure the accuracy of the poo emoji, yes? (Wink emoji…)

    • Rob

      I think there’s some kind of South Park trademark for the poo emoji, related to Mr. Poo…