Fact Friday – Unicorns

I’m trying to think why we haven’t done this one before, you know with the whole unicorns and mermaids obsession in this house and what not. Ooh mermaids will have to be another one hahaha.

Unicorns are mythical of course, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had a large impact on history. Also don’t tell my child they aren’t real because he will argue it until you believe him. I’m okay with that. Rather unicorns than bloody Stampylongnose or whatever he’s called. Man that guy’s voice grates me.

Thought I’d scour the internet and see what pops up. There are some pretty hilarious facts that people come up with for these.


  • You can get your own Unicorn Hunting License for free at the Lake Superior University. This license is good for a lifetime (and beyond) and can be used anywhere on earth.
  • The earliest record of unicorns in Western literature belongs to Greek historian Ctesias. In the 5th century BCE, he wrote that the beast had a white body, purple head, blue eyes, and a multicolored horn—red at the tip, black in the middle, and white at the base.
  • In his travels, Marco Polo believed he stumbled across unicorns. He wrote, “They are very ugly brutes to look at. They are not at all such as we describe unicorns.” That’s because they were actually rhinoceroses.
  • The legend that unicorn horns could counteract poison and purify water was bad news for narwhal populations, as the single tooth protruding from the front of the whale’s head made for a popular counterfeit. The Danes even had a throne made of narwhal horns.
  • Genghis Khan reportedly decided not to conquer India after meeting a unicorn, which bowed down to him; he viewed it as a sign from his dead father and turned his army back.