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LullyDully Wed 05-Dec-18 16:25:48

I was out shopping today and asked several shop assistants this question. " Can you tell me where the obsession for unicorns has come from? ". No-one seems to know, even google. They are just repeating that it is a phenomena without explanation.

Someone thought it came from Harry Potter but they hardly feature much. Any bright ideas?

gillybob Thu 06-Dec-18 09:57:07

Unicorns I love them , unicorns I love them

Grampie Thu 06-Dec-18 09:57:14

Wishing to leave the EU with no adverse consequences is known as a “unicorn”.

But many say it’s a price worth paying and signify this sentiment by flaunting their unicorns.

trendygran Thu 06-Dec-18 10:03:53

My 11 year old granddaughter loves Llamas and they do seem to be very popular. Her older sister loves cacti! Not sure where that came from,but now surprised that quite a few items do feature cacti.

gillybob Thu 06-Dec-18 10:06:02

I love Cacti too trendygran and have several lovely ones dotted around the house . They have bit me a few times mind you . Prickly little critters they are !

lesley4357 Thu 06-Dec-18 10:30:06

Might be from the Despicable Me (Minions) films. The small girl in these films is obsessed with unicorns bs

gillybob Thu 06-Dec-18 10:32:45

I posted a link to little Agnes from Despicable Me up thread Lesley4357 my DD has it as her ringtone !

marionk Thu 06-Dec-18 10:35:36

Probably from the same place they got ninja turtles and irate birds! I am also baffled by festive llamas and half an avocado decorations for the tree - I think I must be getting old 😂😂

Molly10 Thu 06-Dec-18 10:41:05

Yes the Unicorn is the National Animal of Scotland.

As for the toys and gimmicks etc it is just another twist on commercialism to get folks to buy. The other one at present is the Pink Flamingo which is everywhere and causing a flurry of room changing and buying. brew

Kim19 Thu 06-Dec-18 10:41:32

Interesting. I was having this very conversation with a friend yesterday. We were applauding the 'skills' of marketing in that they gradually made unicorns desirable by including them surreptitiously in adverts. Don't know how it came about but hats off to the engineers if it was deliberate in gentle introduction brainwashing mode. Very clever and certainly succeeded methinks.

GreenGran78 Thu 06-Dec-18 10:50:00

My little granddaughter lives in Australia, and her daddy is Peruvian. The family have been delighted with the llama-themed clothes I have sent over for her. The craze hasn't appeared over there yet.
Most crazes are instigated by manufactures as a way of selling more 'stuff' through pester-power. How many Christmas jumpers have been sold this year, and who started THAT craze, I wonder?

nipsmum Thu 06-Dec-18 10:50:58

Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Haven't you all heard the saying " just be yourself and if you can't be yourself, be a unicorn. "". As happens it's a fad at the moment and will pass, don't worry about it.

Diggingdoris Thu 06-Dec-18 11:01:21

I wondered the same thing; unicorns only ever mentioned in childhood stories until now.
Also why have flamingos suddenly appeared on everything as well?

Kim19 Thu 06-Dec-18 11:05:07

Yes DD, I had forgotten about the flamingos. My GC still like them but now in background compared to unicorn and pokemon.

Tamayra Thu 06-Dec-18 11:24:23

Unicorns are real ! Just rare smile

frankie74 Thu 06-Dec-18 11:53:37

I thought you might all like this

frankie74 Thu 06-Dec-18 11:53:55

gillybob Thu 06-Dec-18 11:57:46

Oh I always broke my heart when I heard that song Frankie74 oh those silly unicorns 🦄

Bathsheba Thu 06-Dec-18 12:07:43

Haven't you all heard the saying " just be yourself and if you can't be yourself, be a unicorn
Haven't you read this thread and seen I posted a picture with this saying on? wink

Kim19 Thu 06-Dec-18 12:08:09

Frankie, that was a lovely ditty. Thank you for sharing. The tune sounded vaguely familiar so maybe I've known of it in the distant past but certainly didn't remember any words. Just good clean fun. Lovely.

goose1964 Thu 06-Dec-18 12:11:24

it's the same with gin for adults a rue years ago it was prosecco

Craftycat Thu 06-Dec-18 12:13:48

Before Unicorns it was Fairies. My DGDs keep me up to date with the new trends. TBH it is very useful to me as I make illuminated decorated Mason jars & sell them at Craft Fayres. My biggest seller at the moment is a fairy riding a unicorn!
Dinosaurs never go out of fashion though.

TerriBull Thu 06-Dec-18 12:55:53

My gd wanted a unicorn and as much unicorn related stuff that could be found for her 8th birthday. I hadn't heard of the obsession before then, now I realise it's everywhere. She does have unicorn pyjamas when she stays out ours. Children are fickle though, she has another birthday looming large after Christmas, so maybe she'll have moved on by then, I haven't bought her anything unicorn related for Christmas

starbox Thu 06-Dec-18 13:51:08

Had to make the granddaughter a pair- Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy!

sluttygran Thu 06-Dec-18 13:54:39

I heard that a little girl was taken to see Santa, and when he asked her what she would like for Christmas, she piped up:
“I would like a unicorn, please”.
“Well now” said Santa “Unicorns are almost impossible to find - is there something else you might like?”
The small girl thought for a moment, and said:
“I would like it if you could fix all the men in charge so that they don’t cause wars and so that people don’t go cold and hungry”.
“Oh ... OK” said Santa.
“What colour unicorn did you say you’d like? “

Anja Thu 06-Dec-18 14:26:48

Love that slutty