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Face Palm, Selfie, and Bacon: Meet The New Emoji Candidates

New emoji candidates from Unicode Consortium.

Unicode Consortium unveiled the candidates for new emojis set to be released next year

Anyone crossing their fingers in the hope that they could convey a desire for bacon via text or social media without using words may soon have their emoji wishes granted.

Emojipedia, a website that lists images and meanings for every existing emoji, recently unveiled 38 new emoji characters that could be included on the next updated list of emoji updates. The candidates include emojis depicting crossed fingers, as well as bacon.

If the candidates are approved by Unicode Consortium, the company that standardizes emoji across different operating systems, they will become available in “mid-2016.” Earlier this week, Emojipedia said in a blog post that the next list of updates could feature such highly-requested ideograms as the Face Palm or the Selfie, the latter of which depicts a person’s hand holding a phone that has just taken a “selfie.”

In its blog post, Emojipedia notes that the list of candidates only features “mockups to show how these might look if approved” and that new icons could eventually join the realm of approved emoji in next year’s Unicode 9 emoji list if they are approved. Other new candidates include Clown Face, Nauseated Face, a Rolling on the Floor Laughing face (for those too busy to type the acronym “ROFL” on their keypads), fist-bumping hands, and a pregnant woman.

First used in Japan, the popularity of emojis has reached such heights — nearly three-quarters of Americans use an emoji every day — that the icons’ creators must regularly field requests for new versions of the shareable images. In April, there was a lot of buzz around Apple’s release of a new mobile operating system that included racially diverse emoji, though the software update led to some weird glitches when users texted contacts who had not yet updated their phones.

Unicode Consortium released its Unicode 8 list of new emoji characters earlier this summer, an update that introduced the Taco emoji as well as Unicorn Face.

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Hillary Clinton Vies to Be the First Emoji President

She asked people to use emoji to talk about student debt

Hillary Clinton ❤️️s millennials.

In an effort to engage with younger voters, the Democratic presidential candidate asked them to share their thoughts on student loans using only emoji, the cutesy pictograms that litter social media.

That’s a rather complex issue to boil down, but we noticed a few specific emoji popped up frequently: the pile of poo, the skull and the pistol. Suffice it to say, younger voters are not happy about their student loans.

Here are some of the responses which followed Clinton’s rules:

And then, of course, came the responses that did not follow the three-emoji rule. There were those who mocked her attempts to connects with the youths:

Some people questioned her oversimplification of a complicated topic:

Others decided to turn around and ask her a question:

Some people showed their overall support while letting her down gently:

And then, finally, there were the people who anticipated this blowing up in Clinton’s face:

But it was a more specific complaint:

That led her social media director to apologize:

We look forward to seeing voters’ three-emoji thoughts on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reforming immigration next.

TIME hot dogs

Nathan’s Demands A Hot Dog Emoji

Hot dogs in buns at the official weigh-in ceremony for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 3, 2012 at City Hall in New York City.
Stan Honda—AFP/Getty Images Hot dogs in buns at the official weigh-in ceremony for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 3, 2012 at City Hall in New York City.

Pizza and a burger emoji just won't cut it.

It’s National Hot Dog Day, as part of National Hot Dog Month, and Nathan’s is taking the time to demand none other than a hot dog emoji. Naturally.

The Coney Island-hot dog maker went so far as to tweet its consternation over the lack of an icon on the popular texting feature. “The world cannot live on 🍔 and 🍕 and 🍟 alone. Give us #HotDogEmoji. Share to show your support!”

The timing, of course, is impeccable with the national holiday on Thursday. Fun fact: “In 2014, consumers spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets,” according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

It continued, “During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.”

Nathan’s then tweeted out a YouTube video in which throngs of people express their passionate desire for the American meat product. It’s only 15 seconds long, but it certainly gets the point across.

Check out the video here:

https://youtu.be/tQnqZN3D2-k

https://twitter.com/originalnathans/status/624207762327613441

TIME movies

An Actual Emoji Movie Is in the Works

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens: beer, costumes and, somewhere, a result
AP Fans wearing emoji masks watch a Hong Kong Seven rugby match in Hong Kong on March 28, 2015

No word yet on which members of Apple's vast emoji library will be making an appearance

Hollywood is impeccably good at turning a profit on insipid fads. In the five years since Universal Pictures released the animated film Despicable Me, a cultish cottage industry has sprung up around the Minions, the film’s manic yellow lozenges who ultimately proved lucrative enough to earn their own spinoff. They’re globally ubiquitous — you have Minion Tic Tacs, Minion-themed weddings in Britain, a curious Minion-inspired burger at McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong — and the producers are laughing all the way to the bank.

It’s not terribly surprising, then, that Sony Pictures Animation will be making a movie about emoji, the delightful little ideograms you use to caption your Instagrams or pepper your messages. The planned project, Deadline reports, comes after a supposedly heated bidding process between Sony, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures that culminated in a deal in the high six figures. There’s money to be made in twee hieroglyphics.

Or maybe it’s simply low-hanging fruit, given that the emoji library is less a typeface and more a means of illustrating the world at large. Your cast, setting and props are ready to go. The ensemble could be colossal: Apple’s emoji library is populated by 93 individual little yellow people, 15 families of four, 10 happy couples and seven anthropomorphic cats. Santa Claus could make an appearance. The library’s latest iteration offers 42 national flags, so it could be set anywhere — Israel! South Korea!

In any event, the movie won’t be completely revolutionary. The emoji-as-medium approach to filmmaking has earned some mileage as a music video strategy already, the best example thus far coming in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Drunk in Love.”

TIME Advertising

4 Times Brands Shamelessly Pandered to Millennials

How do you do, fellow kids?

General Motors on Monday issued a press release entirely in emoji. Will this get the kids to buy the 2016 Chevy Cruze? Who knows. But GM is hardly the first company to try to exploit Internet culture for its own branding gains among Millennials.

Here’s a few other times big companies have tried to get down with the kids, with varying degrees of success:

1. Volkswagen rides the “i” train

In 2012, German carmaker Volkswagen showed off the “iBeetle,” a version of its famous Beetle designed to work especially well with smartphones. Not only that, the car came with an app that sent “postcards” and kept track of “milestones,” like driving was playing Xbox and reaching 10,000 miles was the same as killing 10,000 bad guys in Call of Duty.

2. 7-11 wants hipsters to drink Slurpees

If you’ve ever been wandering the streets of Williamsburg looking for the best organic mustache wax, 7-11 thinks you’d like a Slurpee. Last year the convenience store chain put out plastic mason jars and straws with plastic mustaches. So put on some Mumford and Sons and get ready for a killer brain freeze.

3. Clorox wanted its own emoji

After Apple announced more racially diverse emoji earlier this year, Clorox responded by asking “Where’s the bleach?” The Internet thought this was a little weird, and regardless of intent, this was a dud.

4. The GOP courts hipsters, too

Ok, so this isn’t technically a company, but the Republican Party also tried to win over millennials, making commercials in which a hipster-looking 20-something explained why he’s a Republican. It was roundly mocked, most famously by John Oliver.

TIME Autos

Chevy Publishes Press Release Entirely in Emoji

General Motors Recall Widens As CEO Barra Testifies To Lawamkers In DC
Joshua Lott—Getty Images A man walks past a Chevrolet Cruze Eco displayed at the General Motors headquarters April 1, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

We think it says "drink your Ovaltine"

Well, this is where we are, world: General Motors, one of the biggest companies in the world, has published a press release in emoji. Entirely in emoji.

Honestly, the release is pretty difficult to decipher. We know it’s about the 2016 Chevy Cruze, a compact car GM’s been making since 2008.

Outside of that — maybe some of the kids reading this will be able to do a better job decoding the message, but it does seem that GM wants you to know the new Cruze is 100% awesome, that it will work well with your smartphone, and that you will love it. It also seems to say that you’ll be better at sports if you buy the car, but that may be a bad interpretation.

If you want to try your hand at reading these millennial hieroglyphs, check out the release. Or, wait for GM to post the translation at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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The Taco Emoji You’ve Been Waiting For Is Here

Burrito emoji is also available

Taco lovers, rejoice!

If you’re like us, you’ve long lamented the glaring absence of a taco emoji in the emoji keyboard. The truth is, tacos come up a lot in conversation — certainly more than carousels and the Norwegian flag.

Now, that injustice is being finally being addressed. On Tuesday, Emojipedia announced 37 new emojis that will be added to Unicode 8.0, which will include — drum roll, please — a crispy corn taco and a burrito! This motion arrives after years and years of people begging for tacos to be represented in the emoji keyboard — and even a Change.org petition launched in January (by none other than Taco Bell).

While all of the new emojis won’t necessarily be adopted by iOS and Android, some of the 37 are likely to appear on those systems.

As we wait with bated breath, we’ll seek our taco emojis elsewhere and spend $1.99 on Texmoji, an app that offers a whole slew of Tex Mex-inspired emojis, including queso, cowboy boots, an outline of Texas and that horn thing Texans do with their hands sometimes.

According to My San Antonio, Texmoji was created by country singer Rich O’Toole and social-media-famous Texan Sean Compton.

What are you waiting for? Go text tacos to someone you love.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Smartphones

We Might Finally Get An Eye-Rolling Emoji

And it's about time

At long last, an “eye roll” emoji could be coming to your smartphone.

How emoji get approved is kind of wonky, but here goes: The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit group that oversees the communications standard emoji rely upon. The Consortium has approved the “Face With Rolling Eyes” emoji for inclusion in that standard, emoji blog Emojipedia reports.

Here’s a sample emoji from the Consortium. If Apple or Google ever included this emoji in iOS or Android, it would look different.

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But this doesn’t mean the eye-rolling emoji will suddenly show up on your iPhone or Android. Apple, Google and other platform-makers have to decide for themselves which emoji to add to their devices. A new emoji getting included in the Unicode Standard just means the new selection is available to those companies as an option.

Back in May, Emojipedia reported that a middle finger emoji is coming to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

TIME Hillary Clinton

Here Are Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Emoji

She's all about those handclaps

As part of a free flip-flop giveaway, Old Navy has launched an online tool that lets you analyze the most-used emoji on yours and other social media feeds—including any public Twitter account.

TIME and MONEY dug around to find some of the most interesting results from famous politicians, business leaders and celebrities, including presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. Click through the list to also see the favored emoji of Bill Clinton, Narendra Modi, Elon Musk, Travis Kalanick, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus.

Clinton’s Twitter feed had a lot to offer but neither of Barack Obama’s feeds seemed to make use of emoji, nor did Warren Buffett’s or Kanye West’s.

  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton Favorite Emoji
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    Democratic presidential front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (or at least the folks running her Twitter feed) seems to favor the checkmark, clapping hands, and “sparkles” emoji—though the American flag also makes the cut.

  • Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush Favorite Emoji
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    GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush doesn’t reveal much in his choice of emoji: He is the former governor of sunshine state Florida, after all.

  • Marco Rubio

    Marco Rubio Favorite Emoji
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    Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a fan of the clapping hands emoji.

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi Favorite Emoji
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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is partial to the “okay” sign.

  • Elon Musk

    Elon Musk Favorite Emoji
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    The only emoji that pops up for Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter feed is the “see-no-evil” monkey.

     

  • Travis Kalanick

    Travis Kalanick Favorite Emoji
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    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has most often used the “person raising both hands in celebration” symbol, which seems about right.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Favorite Emoji
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    Taylor Swift’s collection of most-used emoji is as much a window into her emotional world as many of her songs, with hearts, the “smiling face with heart-shaped eyes,” and “face with tears of joy” among her favorites. And like Hillary Clinton, she’s a fan of sparkles.

  • Miley Cyrus

    Old Navy / emoodji.com Miley Cyrus Favorite Emoji

    Miley Cyrus seems to use a wide variety of symbols on her Twitter feed—even more so than Taylor Swift—including the ever-evocative money and smiling poop emoji.

  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton Favorite Emoji
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    Last but not least, former President Bill Clinton appears to have made use of only one emoji: the folded hands, or prayer symbol. That’s one more than either of current POTUS Barack Obama’s Twitter accounts have used.

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