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Conan sells handcrafted, Nick Offerman-inspired wooden emoji for charity

For 100 lucky people, the dream has become a reality.


Rob Price


Posted on Dec 9, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 1:00 am CDT

In Nov. 2014, Nick Offerman stunned the world on Conan with the introduction of his line of hand-crafted wooden emoji. Painstakingly carved and weighing several pounds each, they promised to revolutionize human communication, but—alas!—they weren’t actually available to purchase.

As it happens, wooden emoji proved popular. Really popular. So popular, in fact, that Conan did a follow-up sketch and is now producing a limited edition run of the emoji, with all the proceeds going to charity.

The Children’s Defense Fund is a non-profit advocacy group that “has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.” The organization works on issues ranging from poverty to child abuse and child care, with more than a dozen offices across the U.S. 

If you want to grab one of those wooden icons, however, it’s already too late: all 100 wooden emoji have been sold. They went fast, selling out in a matter of hours—and raising $10,000 for the organization.

If you want to make a difference, you can still donate to the Children’s Defense Fund by clicking here.

If you’re totally baffled by all this talk of “handcrafted wooden emojis,” here’s the original Conan skit:

And here’s the follow-up:

Screengrab via Team Coco

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2014, 8:48 am CST