Unicorns’ Existence Proven, Says North Korea

You can be forgiven for thinking that unicorns only existed in medieval fables and modern-day cartoons. North Korean scientists say you are wrong.

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Image: U is for Unicorn. Book illustration by C.B. Falls, ca. 1923.
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U is for Unicorn. Book illustration by C.B. Falls, ca. 1923.

You can be forgiven for thinking that unicorns only exist in medieval fables and modern-day cartoons. North Korean scientists say you are wrong.

On Thursday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korea’s government mouthpiece, said scientists “reconfirmed” the location of the burial site of the unicorn ridden by King Dongmyeong, the founding father of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo (37 BC-668 AD).

The unicorn’s grave was rediscovered near a temple in the capital Pyongyang, with a rectangular rock engraved with the words ‘Unicorn Lair’ at its entrance, according to the report. The report did not elaborate on what further evidence of the royal unicorn’s existence was discovered.

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Like most news reports from North Korea, even unicorns are used to underscore the legitimacy of the current regime. “The discovery proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo (Goguryeo) Kingdom,” the report quoted Jo Hui Sung, director of the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, as saying.

King Dongmyeong’s biography is half history, half myth. As the legend goes, Kongmyeong was born from an egg impregnated by sunlight and united the tribes left in disarray after the collapse of the Chinese Western Han dynasty. His line ruled over the Korean peninsula for seven centuries until the return of the Chinese under the Tang.

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The North Korean news agency does not have much of a reputation for factual accuracy. When the country’s former dictator Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, it reported a rock carving glowing brightly and ice near his presumed birthplace to have cracked “so loud, it seemed to shake the Heavens and the Earth” in mourning of the Dear Leader. While he was alive, Kim reportedly invented the hamburger, wrote 1,500 books in three years while at university, and shot eleven holes-in-one the first time he played golf (a feat verified by his 17 bodyguards).

Looking back at those reports, unicorns don’t seem that far off.

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88 comments
BrianChapman
BrianChapman

How could the location have been lost place? It was clearly labeled "Unicorn Lair."

JerryGreenberg
JerryGreenberg

Unicorns go back to mid evil myth. Interesting...

AdamAtkinson
AdamAtkinson

I mean someone should find out why the army got involved and scared the world

DidiFaith
DidiFaith

The bible mention unicorns in heaven and that i believe , now on earth ? I'd  have to see that with my own 2 eyes to believe it

Denesius
Denesius

The first sentence said it all: "Medieval" country, "Medieval" culture, discovery of a "Medieval" creature.

VincentLovece
VincentLovece

South Korea exports semiconductors, North Korea claims that unicorns are real. It's clear which state knows how to adapt to the 21st century.

SentientBeing
SentientBeing

Unicorns are real. Who doesn't know that. 

Even Colin Powell proved before the UN that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

Even right now they are proving, again before the UN, that Iran, and Syria are either pursuing or will pursue or will use or could use, or will eventually either pursue, or could eventually pursue, Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

mackenzie
mackenzie

More self-promoting propaganda? They say that North Korea's mind control technology is quite real though, and I can imagine that it is true. I would also imagine South Korea does its own counter propaganda efforts. It may be that neither side can truly be trusted.

anumccartney
anumccartney

The newest weapon in the South vs. North battle. Now for a PSY vs Unicorn dance-off.

MarcDunn
MarcDunn

11 hole in ones ------ he meant to say 11 shots in a row  at the 19 the  hole but he was to drunk to remember  ---- i saw a pig fly once--i  think

hellobd4542
hellobd4542

he probably ran a sub 3 hour marathon too.

MinutesofMayhem
MinutesofMayhem

I'll bet it's fabulous to be a Korean scientist. Evidence and records aren't important there. The only validation you'll ever need, is that your brains haven't been blown out by an unamused tyrant, within 24 hours of making crap up.

gpo2188
gpo2188

HOLY F***ING S**T NOW THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE STARVING IN NORTH KOREA CAN FINALLY RELAX.....UNICORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!

DarmonRichter
DarmonRichter

You made some major errors in the last paragraph - 1/ The story is that Kim Jong Il wrote 1,500 political pamphlets, which I believe could be true. They're not big, but due to a translation oversimplification, they tend to get called 'books'.2/ Nobody ever said that North Korea invented the hamburger. I was there recently, and when I asked where the hamburger came from? They said either China, or probably America. They have never claimed it as their own.Get your facts straight when you're reporting on North Korea... it's a weird country in a difficult situation, and things will only improve through developing understanding on both sides. Not by 'reporting' second- or third-hand rumours about how crazy someone once told you the North Koreans are.If you want to read the considered opinions of somebody who has actually been there, you can check out my report here: www.thebohemianblog.com/pyongyang 

MssOh
MssOh

Geeze, Grandpa was a nut, Dad was a nut....   Boy didn't land far from the  tree....  Another nut job.......

Philodhis
Philodhis

I guess time travel is also possible there...

WilliamRichardson
WilliamRichardson

Of course they believe in unicorns.  After all, their country is run by a leprechaun ;) 

TheScarecrow
TheScarecrow

I contend that even among the most hardened party officials of the DPRK, there exists at least a sliver of consciousness of the degree to which their efforts to maintain the Kim personality cult wades into self-parody.

prurka
prurka

North Korea: Unicorns existed

CNN last week: Scientists prove bigfoot exists

RobRodriguez
RobRodriguez

The last unicorn died from exposure to gangnam.

MssOh
MssOh

NK and reality, two separate concepts.

JamesSavik
JamesSavik

You know what else is funny about this insane little kingdom?

We think they have about a dozen nukes.

Absolutely charming.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"The unicorn’s grave was rediscovered near a temple in the capital Pyongyang... " near the entrance to an ancient amusement park.

Kamikaze
Kamikaze

I bet you people would stop laughing if I showed you a picture of some old guy walking two of everything onto a ship.

CanePazzo
CanePazzo

There are no unicorns because they died from eating kimchi.

GreatSkeptic
GreatSkeptic

Ridiculous, yet still less ridiculous than a magic man in the sky called "god."

Vaughan
Vaughan

Perhaps this is just an attempt to get back at the West for that Onion article they took literally.  If so, they have along way to go to understand the art of good satire.  

chew.solo
chew.solo

I repeat, we have planted Bronies in the North Korean government. Time for phase two. (I had to say that. I just did.)

windshield42
windshield42

Are you sure that it doesn't say uniks that eat corn in cave?

MatthewLee
MatthewLee

Sorry, but this is just bad journalism. The "scientists" claiming to have found it are historians. They found the likely location of a place that was called Kiringul (which literally does mean "Unicorn Cave"). They aren't making the claim that there were any actual unicorns there. Just that it is the place that has been associated with a legendary king who kept unicorns there.It's basically the equivalent of a western scientist claiming to have discovered the ruins of Camelot. Still pretty unlikely, and quite possibly fraudulent, but not as ridiculous as this article seems to make it. Especially since we actually have found the ruins of Troy, a city long thought to not actually exist and the center of an equally fantastical and unlikely tale.

daxon5250
daxon5250

Wow..... I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG!

KentMason
KentMason

So, the Bible has finally been confirmed!

AmyHobartGavett
AmyHobartGavett

And if you see it on the internet, it must be true!  lol

EddieMunster
EddieMunster

I'm glad I got my kids bigfoot and he lochness monster on layaway at walmat already.

Martian_14
Martian_14

Obama won a Nobel Prize for doing, er...., nothing!!!!

So things are not so bad in North Korea.

DanielaSartori
DanielaSartori

Not much worse then our republican science commitee with one guy who says rape cannot cause pregnancy because female body can discern Evelyn sperm from good intentioned one. Or the other guy who says evolution is the Devil's trick . Not to mention climate change, vaccination and so on. Actually north Ktorea does not even sound that backwards anymore

roknsteve
roknsteve

So the Koreans have been eating "magic beans" again?  You're supposed to plant them. 

jlara4606
jlara4606

"My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic"

CONFIRMED AS REAL! :-)

jasonthehaas
jasonthehaas

Dangit. Now getting a pony for my daughter won't be good enough...