Unicorn, a frankensteinian experiment

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“Well, now that we have seen each other”, said the Unicorn, “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

No wonder we insist on it. Licorns are perhaps the only creatures that stir our imagination and interest even today, given the secrecy is bathing in. The fascination for this respectable, honored and pure fantastic animal has convinced many people – who believe he really lives or once lived  – at least to create a unicorn, if they have not got to see one. Thus, in the ‘30s, Dr. W. Franklin Dove of Maine was able to modify the horn buds of a calf so as to create a male with a single horn on its forehead. Although the experiment did not offer much of a new myth of the unicorn, he showed that it is possible to manufacture our own unicorns. 50 years later, Lancelor is awake, a white goat on which was applied the same procedure and became the star of the circus – literally and figuratively the rising star of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

The Unicorn of Scottish an British royal descendance

At some point in the 12th century,  King James I of England and Scotland ordered the coat of arms should combine the British lion symbol and Scottish unicorn symbol. The two kingdoms hated each other for so long, prompting perpetual fight between a lion and the unicorn, the latter being always defeated. Now we find both as British emblem for royal shield, as well on the Canadian one. The absurd rivalry between the two animals convinced Lewis Carroll to write about that in his book, Through the Looking Glass, the sequel of Alice in Wonderland, the lion and the unicorn being both servants of White King. The lion and the unicorn Were fighting for the crown The lion beat the unicorn All around the town. Some gave them white bread, And some gave them brown; Some gave them plum cake And drummed them out of town (The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes)   Peculiar facts Unicorn Horn as universal medicine Medieval healers believed in the power of this creature. According to St. Hildegard, its healing power comes from the fact that once a year, the unicorn comes back to Eden to drink water and to eat grass. That was thought until the 18th century!

  • Unicorn horn powder cure fever, epilepsy, rabies, gout and other
  • Unicorn liver cure leprosy
  • Unicorn leather shoes ensured leg health

How to distinguish a fake horn from a real one(!)

  • Place scorpions under a plate with a unicorn horn. If they die in a couple of hours, it is real
  • Feed the birds with arsenic, then with unicorn dust. If they live, it is real
  • Draw a ring on the floor with the horn. If it’s real, a spider wouldn’t be able to pass.
  • Keep the horn in cold water. If water remains cold and makes bubbles, it is real

 

 

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