After their appearance, another detail to discuss is how unicorns are mentioned throughout cultures. The most traditional example of a unicorn can be seen in European history. There is even an old tapestry called The Lady and the Unicorn that was made in the fifteenth century! Chinese legends describe unicorns as having parts of other animals and even scales, and these unicorns are called ki-lin. Persia, India, Greece and Rome all have accounts of horned creatures with equine elements and magical abilities- abilities that are still popular today (Dudley 10-23)
Pictured above: A version of a Chinese unicorn called a ki-lin.
Today, unicorns are often used in internet memes and online jokes which have caused them to become more and more popular. There are even blogs dedicated to the popularity of unicorns (Unicorns Rule)! On April 19th, 2017, Starbucks even got in on the craze by adding a unicorn drink to their menu for a limited time (Starbucks Newsroom). Why are unicorns so popular? Perhaps it is because “It allows our fantasy a neutral spot where we can paint freely, regardless of what we are for or against” (Petterson).
The Unicorn Frappuccino is color changing and changes in flavor using mango and sour blue syrups!
Unicorns seem to be sticking around for a while. With their interesting appearance, timeless legends, and current popularity, it’s no surprise that Ms. Boyce may soon be seen with a unicorn drink in her hand. With all of these details, it’s only a matter of time before unicorns are responsible for some new and exciting contribution to the world’s culture today.