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250 New Emoji Are on the Way

We totally called this (via Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)
We totally called this new “Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended” emoji, aka Middle Finger Emoji, Rude Finger Emoji, and Flipping the Bird Emoji, which will be coming to a digital device near you. (image by Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)

The Unicode Consortium (which sounds like a comic book crime organization) has released approximately 250 emoji as part of Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard, which includes 2,834 new characters.

Among the new emoji are a White Sun (huh?), Hot Pepper (hot!), Derelict House Building (gentrification?), lots of crosses (White Latin Cross, Heavy Latin Cross, Celtic Cross), Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended (essentially fuck you, which we hoped for), Frame With Picture (art!), Rolled-Up Newspaper (why?), Wind Blowing Face (soothing), Man in Business Suit Levitating (wtf!?), and others.

Sadly, none of the newly announced emoji are going to culturally diversify our pictograph selection much.

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