Unicode's "Pile of Poo" character


55 Responses to “Unicode's "Pile of Poo" character”

  1. Aloisius says:

    Pile of poo is an emoji character. I believe when they mapped emoji over to Unicode, pile of poo came with. I believe you can thank the Japanese for this one.

  2. What ?? There’s a pile of poo character ? And here I am waiting for them to make a “stupid crow” …. (see http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IdiotCrows )

  3. Sam Ley says:

    It truly is a universal language. The little “smell lines” convey a sense of crappyness to all mankind. Let this be a lesson of sharing and unity between all peoples. *tears welling*

  4. It’s a luck charm in Japan, isn’t it?

    So. what fonts support defecating in mid-sentence?

  5. Rossi says:

    It renders as an empty square for me in Chrome and IE. Renders with the HTML code in Firefox. No poo for me.

    • bcsizemo says:

       Same here.  FF 10.0 and all I get is a little box that has 01F4A9 in it…

    • howaboutthisdangit says:

      Empty square in Opera 11.50, too.

    • SamSam says:

      No poo in the very latest Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

      Wonder what browser Cory is using, or if he installed extended unicode special.

      • mathew says:

        There’s a bug in WebKit that makes it not render properly on the Mac. I reported the bug to the Chromium project back in 2010…


        …and it was reported back to Apple. There’s apparently going to be a fix, but right now the code isn’t shipped and only works for Lion and up.

        Pile of poo works fine in Chrome on Linux, though, if you have a suitable font installed.

        • GIFtheory says:

          Renders fine for me on Safari on Lion, in which it is rendered as swirl of poo, not unlike soft-serve chocolate ice cream, rendered with the most sublime gradient, such as to mimic being tickled by the light of dawn; framed roughly in an equilateral triangle, with large, button eyes and a perfect, D-shaped smile.  I kid you not.

    • FourFeetOfCurl says:

      You need to install the Pile Of Poo unicode font on your system.  It doesn’t matter what browser you’re using.  

      Why haven’t you installed the Pile Of Poo font yet?  Everyone else is doing it.  

      Here is an umbrella: ☂

  6. Mujokan says:

    Of my ability to understand Japanese, I would credit about half to the comic “Crayon Shinchan”. From that fount of cultural knowledge, I am aware that feces twisted into a kind of pyramidal snake is a “thing” in Japan. So I thought this might have something to do with Japanese unicode, and wasn’t surprised to read comments to that effect.

  7. Clifton says:

    I suppose you need a font updated after October 2010 for this to work…

  8. Ashen Victor says:

    So, how do i get to see a pile of shit in my browser without having to tune Fox News?

  9. guanto says:

    Oddly enough, the “font [my] browser renders this page in” is Georgia, probably because that’s what BB’s stylesheet specifies.

    Edit: For those who would like to see it and have an iPhone/iPod Touch, mobile Safari displays it just fine (Opera Mini doesn’t) — mine’s set to Japanese though but I don’t think that matters.

  10. theophrastvs says:

    Unicode character 💩 shall heretofore become the standard emblem of Unicode in general. sine-die. selah. withal. exeunt.  [exits stage left]

  11. Guest says:

    empty square in chrome 16.0.912.77 using the font that boingboing has asked my browser to use. I’d really like to see this in the wild :(

  12. kostia says:

    Ever since iOS started supporting emoji characters you see this a LOT in app store reviews. Apparently the people who have no better way than a string of

  13. DewiMorgan says:

    In Furcadia, we originally used bitmapped fonts, but eventually moved to truetype font, “Fixedsys Excelsior 2″ https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Fixedsys_Excelsior#Adult_content

    Because of this font’s unusual characters in the “private use area”, we now filter out certain characters from being used in names and when users have enabled the profanity filter. These filtered characters are the two penises, large and small (U+E1CE, U+E1CF); and the *multiple* styles of steaming poop (U+E188 to U+E18A).

    I guess on reading this post, I now know there’s another codepoint we need to filter, too.

    Also in that font’s private use area is a selection of pixels that overprint, allowing the user to emulate any character that can be displayed in 8×8 pixels.

    Amusingly, early Windows’ which had no coverage of the “private use” area in their default fonts would default to this font as the only one that could cover it, so people with Furcadia installed would be the only ones who could see those characters.

    • SamSam says:

      U+E1CE seems to be an O with a bar over it, according to http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/E1CE/browsertest.htm, and U+E1CF is an O with a upward curve over it. Similarly for your other examples…

      I wanted to see the penises….

      The pile o’ poo can be seen on that page, though, for all of us with normal browsers that don’t render Cory’s attempt above: http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/1F4A9/browsertest.htm

      • DewiMorgan says:

         If you want to view it as I described, simply install the font “fixedsys excelsior 2″, then view the font in your favorite font viewer, such as Windows’ Charmap.

    • cnoocy says:

       That’s actually how private use characters are supposed to work. The codepoints are there to allow users of the standard to handle characters that aren’t encoded in the standard.

      • DewiMorgan says:

        Yes, the private use area is exactly what the name implies, so I felt no need to explain it. But I have probably entirely missed your point, somewhere.

  14. solitaire says:

    I’m a big fan of the ‘cat faces’ section like U+1F638

  15. or in Gmail chat you can find an animated poo with ~@~

  16. Jorpho says:

    “1F4A9″  cries out for some kind of snappy mnemonic. 

  17. Punchcard says:

    Awesome! I now have a new alternative for all the excrement based names I give temporary files I don’t care about keeping.

  18. Another Kevin says:

    My guess: It’s a hoax.  Because the code charts at unicode.org don’t have it.

  19. It was typographer and alphabetician Michael Everson, Irish representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, who proposed that character name, which expresses the intent of the character (while other euphemisms were proposed, he tells me, none were nearly as apt).Note that this is the second scatological character encoded (ignoring some CJK Ideograms). The first was U+1313D EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH F052, which Everson also helped to encode. 

  20. The character is listed on the Unicode site at http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1F300.pdf

  21. Andrew Pam says:

    If you can’t see this or other unusual characters, you need at least one font installed that actually has those characters in it.  GNU Unifont is a good starting point:  http://unifoundry.com/unifont.html

    You may also want, for example, the “Symbola” and “Unidings” fonts:  http://users.teilar.gr/~g1951d/

  22. Frode Helland says:

    Here’s a relevant type review of Apple Color Emoji by Sii Daniels: http://typographica.org/2012/typeface-reviews/apple-color-emoji/

  23. Bob Spence says:

    Try: http://

  24. danegeld says:

    Ok, everyone with Mac Lion : you type option+D83DDCA9 as so:

  25. teapot says:

    Kind of stupid that the poo displays nicely through Safari on Mac, but not Firefox…. but at least it provides me with the long-desired option to “look up shit”. Also if you look up shit, the poo gets a little speech bubble. Talking shit?

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