There’s one language everyone with a smartphone speaks… emoji.
So when things go wrong and someone misinterprets a Unicode reference drawing for an emoji, a lot of people end up with something really strange.
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However, the illustrators translating the reference drawings into an emoji that fit the Android style, for some reason thought the dotted heart stood for the pink monstrosity above.
Unicode works in a way that means when an iOS user sends an unassuming yellow heart, it shows up as the pink, hairy beast straight out of a smartphone’s fever dream.
The grotesque, scrotum-heart concoction was only available for a few months as it was — praise the emoji gods — eradicated in the Android 4.4.1 release. And the world has been a better place ever since.