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Unicode Conspiracy? Surprising Addition Winks At UFOlogists

smallemojiThe greatest tool wielded by mankind isn’t a sword, nor a hammer. It’s language.

Since the dawn of the internet, it has evolved to include emoticons, Wingdings, unicode, and tons of other strangeness that we loathe and love. The latest contribution to written language is emoji, a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.1

We’re about to jump feet first into the rabbit hole.

mibOne of the newest additions is a man in black. You know, those black-eyed kids, all grown up, working for some unknown government organization, flashing people’s memories, and renditioning people who know too much back to Zeta Reticuli.

Labelled as a “Man In Business Suit Levitating” in the Unicode 7.0 standard,2 this is clearly a MIB. First and foremost, the first three words initialize into MIB. Next, who has ever seen a levitating man in a business suit? Is it even part of common lore? The answer is a resounding “yes” in UFOlogical circles.

Further investigation into 01F51C (I have to write it out like that, when I keep pasting in the emoji, WordPress eats it), it refers to 意味 or yìwèi. Translated, this represents “meaning” or “significance”. Everyone knows how MIBs are significant in UFO lore.

Is this significant? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ With the addition of a Vulcan gang sign, a chili pepper, and spiders, there may be a hidden message encoded into these iconic images. Drop us a line on our Facebook page, at Twitter, or in the comments below. And use an emoticon, we love emoticons.


  1. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/emoji 

  2. http://unicode-inc.blogspot.com/2014/06/announcing-unicode-standard-version-70.html 

Chris Savia
Editor at Who Forted?, in addition to managing social media and writing the weekend news for The Anomalist. Chris caught the weird bug as a kid, boning up on New Jersey legends, the occult, and forteana. Chris lives near the Pine Barrens with his wife, six cats, and the Jersey Devil.
Chris Savia
Chris Savia

4 Comments

  1. Coppertop

    06/18/2014 at 5:50 AM

    “Man in Business Suit Levitating?” That’s the best they could come up with?

    • Chris Savia

      06/18/2014 at 6:12 AM

      i no, rite?

      What’s next? Upright hairy ape levitating? Flying dish that’s totally not of extraterrestrial origin?

    • Dr. Bob Bobalina

      06/18/2014 at 12:52 PM

      It’s still better than “who forted.”

      • Coppertop

        06/19/2014 at 5:52 AM

        Strong words from a man named Bobalina, Tex.

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