For years, news anchors have told parents that their kids have secret codes they use so they can communicate freely in front of them without suspicion, and for years they were dead wrong.
This time it's John Hopperstad of Seattle's Q13 Fox News that infiltrated the twisted world of millennial emoji use. What he found was shocking.
The segment starts with Hopperstad sharing that some kids are starting to use emojis to send secret codes in an effort to trick their parents. "Often, it's a combination of emojis, like a face with a zipper along with a couple. This could mean, 'Don't tell your parents what we're going to do,'" the anchor explains. "If it's just a simple fox emoji, that could mean, 'Let's go sneak out of the house.'"
He goes on to add that there are darker codes being used as well. "A skull, arrow, and a flame could be someone saying to someone, 'I hope you die in a fire.'" Um ... yikes.
The absurdity of the segment led to it becoming very popular with emoji users nationwide and makes Hopperstad look like this:
The segment drove people to tears.
And what makes it even better is that the station thought the segment was so great that they ran it again with a different volunteer staffer trying to identify the emojis.
Fox was serious, and people really couldn't believe that the whole thing wasn't a joke.
If you've ever wondered what the cultural divide looked like between generations, this paints a pretty decent picture of it.