Google chief executive Sundar Pichai's most important task this Monday morning? To fix his company's lambasted hamburger emoji, which has caused controversy for putting cheese in the wrong place.
When the culinary faux pas of putting the cheese under the meat was brought to his attention, Pichai said on Twitter he will "drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday...if folks can agree on the correct way to do this!".
The light-hearted tweet came in reply to media analyst Thomas Baekdal, who pointed out how Apple's burger emoji went (top to bottom) bun-tomato-cheese-meat-lettuce-bun. Google's outlandish attempt resulted in bun-lettuce-tomato-meat-cheese-bun.
This, plainly, is wrong.
The hamburger emoji is as wrong, as it turns out, as Google's beer emoji, which somehow shows a large gap between the top of the liquid and its frothing head.
"I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top," Baekdal tweeted. He later said how his tweet, after Pichai's retweet and reply, had attracted 4.3 million impressions and had been interacted with over 1.2 million times in 48 hours.
For the sake of balance — and because, clearly, this is a debate of utmost importance — Microsoft's burger emoji goes bun-lettuce-tomato-cheese-meat-bun, just like McDonald's and Five Guys. Microsoft there, bringing a dose of comforting familiarity and common sense to these troubling times.
Hamburger emojis from Apple, Google, Microsoft and othersEmojipedia
So much cannot be said for the maniacs at Samsung, who inexplicably order their burger emoji bun-tomato-cheese-lettuce-meat-bun. When Samsung makes a burger, it puts cheese between the tomato and the lettuce. Madness.
LG goes without the tomato, with a straightforward bun-lettuce-cheese-meat-bun combo, while HTC throws in a second patty, puts lettuce in the middle, and cheese above the upper patty and below the lower. A triumph, it must be said.
So what have we learned here? That the Google chief executive checks Twitter on a weekend and has a good sense of humor. Also, that you should never eat in restaurants run by Google or Samsung.