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The possibility of Unicorns

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Transcript of The possibility of Unicorns

What is a Unicorn?
Article 2: Did Unicorns Ever Exist?
This article was quite similar to the first, as it touched on the history of the unicorn and possible relations that created the magical creature.
It also made various connections to modern day believers in the unicorn, two of the most notable being North Korea and Lake Superior State University.
The North Korean Government News Agency recently reported the rediscovery of the unicorn ridden by King Dongmyeong.
As for Lake Superior State University: In 1971, the college created “the Unicorn Hunters,” a group dedicated to the staking out and hunting of these mythical creatures. Though the group disbanded in 1987, you can still apply for a Unicorn Questing license on the university’s website.
Appeals of
Unicorn Articles
Ethos: Article 1 utilizes the ethos appeal as the use of "Time Magazine" holds much authority. Sharples uses research and credible sources to reinforce her position.

Pathos: Article 3 utilizes the pathos appeal with the introduction of personal anecdotes and the tone that Heckel uses to communicate familiarity. The use of questions involving children and imagination add to the appeal.

Logos: Article 2 utilizes the logos appeal as it draws from numerous sources and attempts to present the information in a reasonable way. The synthesis of sources uses logos to explain the creation of the unicorn myth.
Discussion Questions
1. Do you think unicorns could have existed? Or some similar species? If no, how did stories of unicorns originate?

2. Article 3 touched on the power of imagination, is possible that there are fantastic things that we can no longer see, but perhaps children can?

3. Stephen Hawking recently said, "It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe..." This means there very well could be unicorns in other parallel universes, do you agree or disagree and why?
Article 1: A Brief History of the Unicorn
This article, written by Tiffany Sharples of Time magazine, synthesized historical accounts and descriptions of the unicorn. It elaborated on the evolution of the unicorn's image as well as countless theories and historical instances that offered "proof" of the unicorn.
The article explained various instances of "fake" unicorns, and explained theories of Unicorn evolution due to mention in the Bible, but also comparisons to existing species.
"In more modern times, people have searched for evidence of unicorns, or in its absence, fabricated their own. Most notably was the hulking, alien-looking skeleton fabricated by a German scholar in 1663. "

The possibility of Unicorns
A
unicorn
is a mythological animal resembling a horse or a kid with a single horn on its forehead.
The unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China.
The earliest description in Greek literature of a single-horned animal was by the historian Ctesias, who related that the Indian wild ass was the size of a horse, with a white body, purple head, and blue eyes, and on its forehead was a cubit-long horn coloured red at the pointed tip, black in the middle, and white at the base.
Today, the image of the unicorn has been greatly distorted from its origin
Article 3: Are Mermaids,
Unicorns and Dragons Real?
"Not to be outdone, Barnum and Bailey managed to fuse the two horns of a white goat, named Lancelot, to the glee of fans throughout the 1980s."
"In the 1930s, an arguably mad scientist from Maine manipulated the horns of a calf so that they grew entwined as one, proving, at least in theory that unicorns could exist — sort of. "

This article focused on personal anecdotes and the experiences of the author with her daughter.
It posed more philosophical questions rather than focusing on scientific theories and history.
It describes how the author's daughter, " can jump higher than the moon and turn socks into ice skates on the kitchen floor, and when she touches water, she sprouts a tail and turns into a mermaid."
The author speculates that, "How do I know she has not tapped into a dimension of existence that I'm unplugged from, instead of the other way around?"
It poses important questions on the power of imagination and the possibility that perhaps the adults are the blind ones.
"You could argue that children are like ancient minds, lesser evolved, because they still believe in things we consider pretend, like mermaids."
Sources
1.http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/614490/unicorn

2.http://content.time.com/time/healtharticle/0,8599,1814227,00.html

3.http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/01/unicorns-ever-exist/

4.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aimee-heckel/are-mermaids-unicorns-and_b_7043478.html
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