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Your Weekend Just Got Better: Unicorns are Real (In North Korea) Your Weekend Just Got Better: Unicorns are Real (In North Korea)

Your Weekend Just Got Better: Unicorns are Real (In North Korea)

by Yasha Wallin
December 3, 2012

It was a big week for North Korea. First, The Onion revealed the country's ruler Kim Jong-un to be 2012's sexiest man alive. Now, the country is making headlines again with its claims that unicorns are real.

The evidence for such a statement comes from North Korean archaeologists at the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Scientists who, according to the Korean Central News Agency, reconfirmed "a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392)."

This North Korean tale is about as mythical as any surrounding unicorns: like that one could only be captured by a virgin, or that its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water drinkable, and to heal sickness. But we're holding out hope that these epic horned creatures really are real—that would make my weekend so much better.

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