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79 Magical Unicorn Facts

Unicorns are so much more than magical horses. There’s a reason they’re the national animal of Scotland, they were a symbol of purity during the Renaissance and have sparkly pink poo.

Unicorns are a magical beast.

Still, the story of unicorns is filled with myth and magic. It’s time to separate the fiction from the facts. So here are seventy-nine fascinating unicorn facts that explore the truth behind this magical beast…


The oldest known unicorn is the Elasmotherium sibiricum, aka the Siberian rhinoceros. It lived until around 27,000 BC. It was six feet tall, 15 feet long, and weighed around 9,000 pounds. It is one of the few unicorn breeds that modern science have confirmed the existence of.


Baby unicorns are known as sparkles.


Unicorn poo is pink and sparkly.


The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Seriously. Scotland even has a national unicorn day. It’s celebrated on April 9 and is considered a lucky day for the Scots. The connection with unicorns has persisted for centuries in Scotland. From 1460-1488 King James III issued coins that depicted the unicorn. It’s said that the unicorn was chosen to be Scotland’s national symbol because the unicorn is the natural enemy of the lion–which is England’s national symbol.


Across the globe, unicorns symbolise purity, elegance, magic and grace.


This unicorn light helps you spot unicorns at night.


If a unicorn and a Pegasus (flying horse) had a baby together… it would be a flying unicorn.


There is a unicorn of the ocean. It’s called a Narwhal. It too has a long horn on its head. In 1577, Queen Elizabeth was presented with a Narwhal horn.


The word ‘unicorn’ comes from Latin. ‘Uni’ is Latin for ‘single’, while ‘cornu’ is Latin for horn. Thus the word unicorn translates to ‘single horn’.


This is the world’s most cuddly unicorn.


Unicorns can live to be over 100 years old. By this time their white mane has often turned grey. However, some regions believe they live up to 1,000 years old.


The eyes of a unicorn are usually sky blue, bright pink, deep purple, or occasionally a rich brown.


You can still buy magical unicorn snot.


Unicorn’s favourite foods are long green grass, sweet apples, and sugar cubes.


Unicorn burps smell like freshly mown grass.


In the United States, a patent was granted for a surgical procedure that transforms horses into unicorns. However, no true transformation is produced by the procedure. Simply, it is analogous to putting a Rolls Royce badge on a Honda.


While unicorns are generally known to be white, there are many dark-hair breeds. These dark-hair breeds are thought to have come from Siberia.


There is only one unicorn breed that lives in water.


On April 9 in the United States, it is National Unicorn Day.


In many myths, touching a pure white unicorn is expected to bring you luck. In this way, they’re like the opposite of stepping on a black cat.


In the technology and venture capital world, a unicorn has come to be known as a tech company that is valued at over a billion dollars. For most people, the only unicorns they have seen are Google and Apple.


These unicorn slippers are enchanted.


The ancient Greeks are famous for their Greek mythology. However, when they wrote about unicorns they were mentioned as part of their natural history.


In some ancient civilisations, such as in the Indus Valley, they would seal their secret documents in clay tablets with a unicorn emblem.


Sadly, many unicorn horns have been sold on the black market. In 1560, German dealers even sold one to the pope for an undisclosed sum of money. Another time, a unicorn horn was auctioned off in London for over 500,000 pounds. The unicorn horn trade is believed to have kicked off due to the Vikings selling them to the distant lands they visited.


When unicorns meet other unicorns in the forest, they often then travel together for weeks as new best friends.


The horn of a unicorn is called  a ‘alicorn’.


Unicorns feature in myths from all over the world.


In the 18th century, London pharmacies sold powdered unicorn horn as a general treatment. The treatment stems from the belief that if placed on a wound, the unicorn horn will rapidly heal it.


Unicorns have featured in stories since the medieval period.


Cups made from a unicorn horn are believed to reveal when a drink has been poisoned.


Unicorn cups can still be bought today, although they are not made from a unicorn horn.


In China, the unicorn is known as a Chi-Lin.


The traditional method of hunting unicorns involved entrapment by a virgin.


Both the unicorn and leprechaun are closely tied to the symbol of a rainbow. This has led many natural historians to speculate whether leprechauns once rode unicorns in search of their pot of gold.


Kids can use this to help them learn to ride unicorns.


Many believe that the unicorn is the strongest and wildest of all beasts.


Unicorns are both very shy and masters of disguise. This is why so few are spotted.


The Royal Throne of Denmark is made with unicorn horns.


Some unicorns are only the size of your hand.


The 1611 King James Bible refers to the unicorn no less than 9 times.


There is an especially rare breed of unicorn; the invisible unicorn. However, there have been no reported sightings.


A famous wizard of the 20th century, Oberon Zell, was responsible for breeding one-horned goats. He was interested in the initial creation of the unicorn. In 1982, his works were translated into a Hollywood animated film. It is called ‘The Last Unicorn’. It remains one of the most popular unicorn films of all time.


You can create your very own unicorn.


The unicorns were a popular symbol in Christian art during the Renaissance. They were used to depict love and purity.


A Jewish legend told a story that showed unicorns were more powerful than elephants.


It is believed the powder from a unicorn horn is a powerful truth serum.


Unlike a wild horse, a unicorn can never be tamed.


In the 5th century BC, the Greek historian Ctesias wrote the first account of a unicorn in Western literature. He saw a unicorn when travelling through Persia (now Iran). Here’s how he described it in his notes, “White body, red head, multi-coloured horn (a foot and a half long!), and dark blue eyes.”


It is widely believed that the famous explorer Marco Polo sighted multiple unicorns on his travels.


These help you dream of unicorns.


One of the first people to record their unicorn sighting was the Roman scholar and gentleman, Pliny the Elder.


The Mongol Genghis Khan is the infamous conqueror of Asia. He was on his way to conquer India, until a unicorn persuaded him to turn his forces around and retreat.


Seals depicting a unicorn can be found on ancient documents from Babylonia and Assyria.


There is a university in America, Lake Superior State University, that issues Unicorn Hunting Permits. They encourage anyone on the hunt to carry a flask of cognac and a pair of pinking shears. In recent time, students have protested the hunting licence.


In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, it refers to unicorn blood as having healing powers. However, it has been widely accepted that this series was a work of fiction.


Julius Caesar saw a unicorn in a forest in Germany.


You can have your own unicorn hooves.


The unicorn has become a popular meme. It’s known as the ‘I wish I were a unicorn…’ meme.


At its most popular, one pound of unicorn horn was worth ten times more than one pound of gold. While this sounds expensive, accounting for its magical properties, it remains a bargain at twice the price.


Labradors scare unicorns, while pheasants calm them.


The Ringling Brothers Circus headlined a living “unicorn” named Lancelot.


In heraldry, a unicorn is often depicted as a horse with a goat’s cloven hooves and beard, a lion’s tail, and a slender, spiral horn on its forehead.


The most recent unicorn sighting was in the UK at the Moreton-in-Marsh Agricultural & Horse show.


The unicorn’s horn has a distinct spiral shape.


There are some very rare rainbow unicorn horns.


The infamous South American drug dealer, Pablo Escobar, had a daughter who wanted a unicorn. His underlings searched the Amazon in hopes of finding one. When they couldn’t find one, they bought a horse and stapled a cone to its head and wings to its back.


The North Korea state news agency claims archaeologists in Pyongyang discovered a unicorn lair.


Unicorn tears have healing power.


A unicorn that loses its horn is then on considered to only be a magical horse.


There have been many false unicorn sightings.




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Tom Raider

Tom Raider

Our wily wordsmith, Tom, is a key weaver of yarns and the chief storyteller at Octopus HQ. Tom writes words of wit and wisdom which can be read on Yellow Blogtopus. He also helps pen the praiseworthy product descriptions that help you decide what you feel like purchasing from us. Along with our Marketing Maestro, he helps brain storm and devise new plans for how to spread the name of Yellow Octopus to deserving Australians from Kakadu all the way to King Island.

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