Amusingly enough, not long after my last post, there was a BoingBoing post on the Pile Of Poo Unicode character. This is actually one of the "symbol" characters. I must admit I didn't know that the Pile of Poo character existed, but I am dubious that most fonts actually have a rendering of that character.
Some of my favorite symbol characters that I've found in the past have been:
- The snowman (u+2603): ☃
- Skull and crossbones (u+2620): ☠
- White Heart Suit (u+2661): ♡
- Mercury (u+263F): ☿
So, if you want to find more fun characters I'd recommend going to the Unicode Code Charts and start exploring some of the different charts. Some good places to start are Miscellaneous symbols and Miscellaneous symbols and pictographs.