North Korea’s state news agency—Korean Central News Agency—is reporting that the country’s archaeologists have found an ancient unicorn lair in the capital city of Pyongyang. The archaeologists claim the unicorn burial site once belonged to King Dongmyeong and that a rock found outside the temple has an engraving that reads “Unicorn Lair.” How convenient.
It’s important to note this story comes just days after China misreported The Onion’s satirical article naming Kim Jong Un “the sexiest man alive” as fact, and it’s possible this miraculous discovery is just an act of retaliation. After all, this is the same news agency that reported late Korean leader Kim Jong Il was the inventor of the hamburger, among other remarkable things.
Unicorns are, of course, a huge part of our history, up there with famous myths of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Adolescent girls selfishly stole the fascination with unicorns long ago, forcing the rest of us to live in shame as we secretly admire the elegance and grace of the white, one-horned beast.
But this never stopped unicorns from popping up all over the cultural map, from fictional stories, to film, to disturbing internet videos. Let’s take a look at some well-known unicorn appearances in pop culture.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — In J.K. Rowling’s magical creation, Lord Voldemort preys upon the unicorn to drink its blood, which grants him everlasting life. But in this scenario, immortality comes with a price.
2. Charlie the Unicorn — Long story short, Charlie the Unicorn is coerced into a trip to Candy Mountain and he loses a kidney.
3. Legend — This 1985 film tells a fantastical story where the horns of the Two Unicorns are sought by the Lord of Darkness to create eternal darkness, ridding the world of sunlight. To fully understand, watch this scene where Tom Cruise talks to a unicorn.
By: XRT Morning Intern Sean McEntee, letting his freak flag fly. Thank you, Sean!