New Emoji Coming to iOS Devices Later This Year

King Announces Lobster Emoji Officially Coming Soon

No less than 157 emojis are coming to Android and iOS in 2018

"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 has released its updated list of approved emoji for the upcoming year.

The Unicode Consortium launched in 1988 with a mission to create global standards for software and data.

The Unicode Consortium announced 156 other new emojis Wednesday besides the coveted lobster, including a pirate flag, a softball, a female superhero and a mosquito. 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.

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Among the newest additions are: superheroes and supervillains, redheads, infinity, hot face, cold face, partying face, woozy face, a host of new animals, toilet paper, skateboard, magnet, bagel, and much more.

Angus King says the emoji is long-overdue and a cause for celebration for lobster lovers. After all, the shrimp and crab already had emojis, as did other sea creatures like the squid, octopus, dolphin, shark and whale.

"Not only is the lobster of substantial cultural relevance", he argued, but according to online data, it also garners public interest that is at least equal to that of the crab, which already has its own emoji.

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