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37 Enchantingly Uncommon Facts about Unicorns

November 7, 2017

Ever wondered what a Unicorn’s horn is called? Are unicorns real, or is the mighty beast just a myth? How do you catch a unicorn? We rounded up 37 enchanting facts about everyone’s favorite elusive horned horse to make it easy to find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about unicorns in one magical article.

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The gleaming, magical horn that’s captured our hearts is officially called an alicorn.

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Alicorn isn’t just the name for a unicorn’s horn. It’s also the name for a horse with wings and one horn.

 

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While Nessie may still be the Highlands’ most notable mythical creature, the Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

 

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Scots celebrate the majestic equine on National Unicorn Day each April 9.

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Gift Guides

15 Unique (and Super Adorable) Baby Shower Gifts

August 25, 2017

For the special mamas-to-be in your crew, no ordinary gift will do. So when the baby shower invite arrives, don’t just follow her registry — rock the cradle and give the expecting parents something unexpected! With our creative baby shower gift guide, finding unique presents for wee ones has never been easier or more adorable. Whether you wrap up a laugh-out-loud babysuit or a stuffed animal with panache (and a poncho!), let her know from the very start that you’re going to go the extra mile for her bundle of joy. Your friend is making a human, after all. The least you could do is make a clever gift choice.

Baby Mermaid Tail | UncommonGoods

Baby Mermaid Tail | Buy Now $30 »

Mermaid, merman… merbaby! Help Mom and Dad welcome their little guppy with a handmade, teeny-tiny tail blanket.

 

Taco Dreams Mobile | UncommonGoods

Taco Dreams Mobile | Buy Now $48 »

Let’s taco about the hottest gift around: Wee ones will feast their eyes on this cheery felt food mobile — until they take a siesta, that is.

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Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge: Is the Unicorn Ready to Rumble?

November 7, 2016

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With Scotland getting prickly as a thistle about staying in the UK post-Brexit, you might think such strife is a recent phenomenon. Nae, laddy—the roots of unrest between England and Scotland run deep and are reflected in the British royal coat-of-arms itself. The lion and the unicorn therein might look like they’re happily cooperating to support the heraldic shield in the center, but folklore has it that the two beasts aren’t exactly besties. The unicorn hails from the 14th century Scottish coat-of-arms, while the lion traditionally stands for England. And when James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603, the two iconic animals were forced into coat-of-arms cooperation. But the beef between the two goes back over 5,000 years to ancient Babylonian mythology, where the unicorn represented spring and the lion stood for summer. Each year, the two fought for supremacy—and each year the lion eventually won. A popular English nursery rhyme reflects this ongoing animosity, as well as historic wars between England and Scotland:

The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown;
The lion beat the unicorn
All round about the town.

For the time being at least, these age-old rivals continue to coexist, though the Scottish unicorn may be asking himself “should I stay or should I go?”

LED Unicorn Lamp | $78

Design

Adopt a Unicorn–Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug!

August 4, 2014

Meet Elwood. Magical unicorn. Party animal. Coffee buddy for life.

Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug | UncommonGoods

Elwood’s fairy tale begins in an Effort, Pennsylvania ceramics studio. It may not be an enchanted forest, but it is a charming place, bursting with creativity and inspiration. It’s where JoAnn Stratakos develops original designs, like everyone’s favorite Rainbow Unicorn, by letting the clay guide her imagination.

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Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge: Do unicorns exist?

August 4, 2014

Cardboard Unicorn Head | UncommonGoods

If by unicorns, you mean majestic marine life with a unicorn-like horn, then yes! They do! Though the existence of the narwhal might not be uncommon knowledge to all, a quick office poll is all you need to realize that not everyone has been clued in to this myth-worthy creature. The narwhal is an arctic whale with what looks like a tusk. In medieval times, this tusk was given to royalty and passed off as a unicorn horn. However, that tusk is actually a small town dentist’s dream—it’s technically a tooth that grows in a counterclockwise spiral for up to ten feet. Try fitting that with a retainer.

Cardboard Unicorn Head, $30

Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge: Do you believe in space unicorns?

April 14, 2014

Cardboard Unicorn Head | UncommonGoodsIf not, perhaps you should reconsider. Astronomer Charles Messier first discovered the Trifid Nebula in 1764. The name means “three-lobed,” referring to the nebula’s general shape. However, it wasn’t until the Hubble Space Telescope got a good look at it in the ‘90s that we spotted the Trifid’s most enchanting feature. That would be the space unicorn. In the same way that you might look up to find a cloud that looks like an elephant or a duck, one corner of this particular cloud of gas has taken on the shape of a unicorn. An ear and nose are visible, draped by its flowing mane, as the great beast looks away from us. And of course there’s the horn, extending .75 light years long and created by a stellar jet.

Cardboard Unicorn Head, $30

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