Unicorns aren’t real, although we dearly wish they were.
Here are five true facts about unicorns.
1. UNICORN LEGENDS ARE REALLY OLD:
Unicorns in western literature first appeared in 5th century BCE. A Greek historian/physician, Ctesias, wrote about a beast with a white body, purple head, and multicolored horn. His description served as the basis for the whole unicorn legend, which was especially popular in the middle ages and the Renaissance era.
2. UNICORNS ARE MEDICINE:
Powder from Unicorn horns was considered a medicine. It was in the same realm as goat’s blood, toads, and powdered mummies. It was rare but powerful and could cure fever plague, poisonings, and delusions of believing in Unicorns. It’s usefulness as a medicinal agent was finally disproved in the 18th century.
3. UNICORNS ARE THE NATIONAL ANIMAL OF SCOTLAND:
You can see them in the country’s coat of arms. They are a legendary symbol of innocence, purity, power, and life itself. During the 1400s in Scotland, there was even a gold coin called the Unicorn that was worth 18 shilling Scots.
4. UNICORN HORNS ARE ACTUALLY NARWHAL TEETH:
Antique Unicorn horns are actually just narwhal teeth. The Narwhal is an arctic whale with one or two long teeth sticking out of its head. Northern traders were able to pass these teeth off as Unicorn horns and sell them for wild amounts of money. Queen Elizabeth I and other royalty held them as prized possessions.
5. UNICORNS ARE REAL:
The Unicorn maybe real after all. In 2008, a deer was spotted near Tuscany, Italy, with a single pointed horn coming out of the center of his head. Apparently, it’s some sort of genetic mutation. But some people see the deer as proof that Unicorns do, in fact, exist, while other people see the deer as proof that deer exist.