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Senator Angus King wins fight for lobster emoji

February 9, 2018

Bowdoin students, and anyone with an iPhone or Android device, will soon be able to use a lobster emoji thanks to lobbying efforts from Senator Angus King H’07 (I-Maine).

The Unicode Consortium, a Silicon Valley-based group of individuals and corporations that is responsible for designing emojis, unveiled the lobster along with 156 other new emojis on Wednesday. The emojis should start to become available in August or September.

Last September, King, who taught at Bowdoin between 2004 and 2012, wrote the Unicode Consortium a two-page letter with endnotes outlining the case for the lobster emoji. He wrote that the lobster is “of substantial cultural relevance” and noted that no current emoji—such as the crab or the shrimp—can accurately represent the lobster. On Twitter on Wednesday, King called the announcement “great news for Maine.”

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