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Herman Melville didn’t see this one coming.

The Library of Congress welcomed its first ever emoji book into its collection. Yes, Emoji Dick tells Melville’s epic of obsessive whale hunting, Moby-Dick, exclusively in those Japanese emoticons that brighten up your little sister’s text messages.

Much like Captain Ahab, data engineer Fred Benenson embarked on an ambitious journey with his re-imagining of the 200,000-word epic. He hired Amazon Mechanical Turks to translate the book, and took to Kickstarter to raise the cash. In 2009, 83 backers helped the project surpass its $3,500 goal.

(LISTMoby Dick – Top 10 Last Laughs)

On Tuesday, Bensenson announced the Library of Congress acquisition on that same Kickstarter page, telling backers “as of very recently, Emoji Dick is now officially part of the Library of Congress’ catalog.”

There’s a definite parallel between his new media venture and the Moby-Dick plot, Benenson told

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