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Break Out the Champagne Emoji, 72 New Symbols Have Been Approved

Some highlights of the latest emoji release: bacon, a hand taking a selfie and Mother Christmas

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    Break Out the Champagne Emoji, 72 New Symbols Have Been Approved
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    Some of the 72 new emoji released Tuesday, June 21, 2016, by the internet standards group Unicode Consortium. See more at unicode.org

    Avocado lovers rejoice, your emoji has arrived.

    On Tuesday, the Unicode Consortium — standard-setter of the world's emojis and other characters used in software — released Unicode 9.0, the latest update to the emojis that can be used around the web.

    The update features 72 new emoji designs, including bacon, the shrug gesture, a hand taking a selfie, Mother Christmas, a black heart and more.

    Breakfast connoisseurs may find thmselves pairing pancakes, croissants and eggs with their bacon and avocado for a symbolic feast. Some will be useful for the 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio, like gold, silver and bronze medal emojis, plus ones for water polo, fencing and wrestling.

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    Other updates to people in Unicode 9.0 let users type a clown, pregnant woman or a man appearing to do the dance from "Saturday Night Fever." (It's simply called "Man dancing" in Unicode.)

    But don't get ready to celebrate the new symbols with your new clinking champagne glass emoji just yet — smartphone users will likely have to wait to actually send them, since companies like Apple and Google are tasked with distributing the new standard emojis on their devices.