The Origins of the Poop Emoji

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Emojis are a staple in our digital vocabulary, but it wasn’t always this way. The tiny cartoons endured a tumultuous past before ever becoming a texting necessity. This is especially true for one of them: the poop emoji. Originating in Japan, emojis were used to add a certain emotional weight to otherwise dry messages, and the poop emoji was possibly the most popular of them all. Fast Company tells the story of the surprising effort it took to bring the brown, swirly caricature across the Pacific.