[UPDATE: Today I realized that this post may come across too seriously to some readers. I actually find the story kind of amusing, just having some sarcastic fun with it.]
Apparently, the Unicode Technical Committee decided that they needed a pile-of-poo character to properly round the character set. (pic via BB)
Unicode’s “Pile of Poo” character – Boing Boing: For many years, most of the Internet ran on ASCII, a character set that had a limited number of accents and diacriticals, and which didn’t support non-Roman script at all. Unicode, a massive, sprawling replacement, has room for all sorts of characters and alphabets, and can be extended with “private use areas” that include support for Klingon. But for all that, I never dreamt that Unicode was so vast as to contain a special character for a “pile of poo.”
If I hadn’t seen this myself on the Unicode site, I’m not sure I would have believed it.