Int'l Media Gets Icelandic News Wrong Again: This Is NOT A Unicorn - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Int’l Media Gets Icelandic News Wrong Again: This Is NOT A Unicorn

Published April 26, 2017

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Erla Þórey Ólafs­dótt­ir/PF

The international media has erroneously reported that there is a unicorn in Iceland, but even the most cursory research will reveal that this is in fact not the case.

MBL’s story about a “unicorn” on an Icelandic farm has been making the rounds in international media, and has even been reported by the BBC, amongst other outlets. However, this is yet another example of the international media distorting the facts about Icelandic news through a lack of due diligence.

The above animal is not a unicorn, but is in fact a simple ram with one horn. A proper unicorn, as this scholarly text on unicorns details, possesses not just a single horn but also “the head and body of a horse, the legs of an antelope, the tail of a horse or a lion, [and] the beard of a goat”.

In fact, a right and true unicorn can been seen on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This makes the BBC’s reporting on the matter all the more confusing.

To our knowledge, no unicorn has ever been seen in Iceland, and previous attempts to capture unicorns in years past have been entirely unsuccessful, leading any sensible person to wonder whether unicorns even exist in the first place.


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