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(Village Voice)   In 1985 Ringling Bros. claimed to have a "living unicorn." These photos prove it was just a goat with a sex toy attached   (blogs.villagevoice.com) divider line 49
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2013-11-05 09:46:40 AM
I remember this vividly.

No one was fooled for a moment.

I also remember when they sold flashlights on lanyards that you'd spin around to make a trippy light circle,
before product liability law got so restrictive.
 
2013-11-05 09:55:57 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-05 10:06:36 AM
i1089.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-05 10:16:00 AM
This Way to the Magnificent Egress >
 
2013-11-05 10:23:06 AM
I remember this, the goat had surgery to grow one central horn.  There was much outrage.
 
2013-11-05 10:26:59 AM
pbfcomics.com
 
2013-11-05 10:45:46 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: [i1089.photobucket.com image 312x176]


iambrony.steeph.tp-radio.de

...was there ever any doubt?
 
2013-11-05 11:17:04 AM
fc09.deviantart.net
 
2013-11-05 11:18:03 AM
I'm a little disturbed that there are apparently people out there that see a goat horn and the first thing they think is "sex toy"
 
2013-11-05 11:19:15 AM
I met a living Unicorn once.

Well, it was a mutant cow. Thy happen from time to time, one horn that's in a bit of a wonky place. It was at the NC State Fair a few years ago. It was a very sweet cow and just acted like it wanted to be social.

Here's a pic from some guy's sucky blog (not mine, I wouldn't inflict my sucky blog on Fark) http://newsyoucanusedaily.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-big-e-best-place-yo uve-never-been.html?m=1
 
2013-11-05 11:19:50 AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers this quite vividly.
 
2013-11-05 11:21:15 AM
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SUP?
 
2013-11-05 11:24:49 AM

MFAWG: Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers this quite vividly.


Yeah, I even had that program (which is what I think I recall more than anything). Weird what burns into your brain at five years old.
 
2013-11-05 11:31:07 AM
The unicorn was real.  And so was the harpy.
 
2013-11-05 11:31:56 AM
Oh lord.  FARK's gonna light up Nov. 23, isn't it?
 
2013-11-05 11:33:24 AM
And here's serial killer Leonard Lake with that same unicorn (when it was younger and had not been sold to Ringling Bros yet).  Lake was a neighbor and friend of Oberon Zell, the guy who created several unicorns in the 80s.

i44.tinypic.com

/I have a pic of me (age 14) and the unicorn Lancelot from when he was retired from the circus and lived quietly at SeaWorld
 
2013-11-05 11:35:32 AM
www.thinkgeek.com
 
2013-11-05 11:35:44 AM
Old news is so exciting.
 
2013-11-05 11:36:41 AM

Gaambit: MFAWG: Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers this quite vividly.

Yeah, I even had that program (which is what I think I recall more than anything). Weird what burns into your brain at five years old.


I was just thinking about this the last time Ringling Bros was in town. I remember it as well since my sister was about 5 and had a thing for unicorns and threw a fit every time the commercial was on the air for the circus.
 
2013-11-05 11:40:15 AM
Ah, the old Screwnicorn Trick -- see 1:45. (NSFW language)
 
2013-11-05 11:50:07 AM

gnosis301: Oh lord.  FARK's gonna light up Nov. 23, isn't it?


If history's any indicator, talkback threads with 3-digit post numbers. Better to have a centralized focal point than to have comments in unrelated threads.
 
2013-11-05 11:57:29 AM

DjangoStonereaver: I remember this vividly.

No one was fooled for a moment.

I also remember when they sold flashlights on lanyards that you'd spin around to make a trippy light circle,
before product liability law got so restrictive.


Tbh I thought they were going to be shutdown forever after that stunt.  Imagine if they pulled that now, PETA and every animal rights group on the planet would be all over them.
 
2013-11-05 12:25:30 PM
...and then Alan Larkin farked a tree.
 
2013-11-05 12:28:54 PM
"We mean no harm to your planet"

img.fark.net
 
2013-11-05 12:35:19 PM
Yes, the elusive dil-goat -- for when you need it baaaaaa-d but there's nobody around.
 
2013-11-05 12:47:42 PM
I saw this "unicorn" way back in the day  I know people will use strange things for sex toys, but I don't think that unicorn horn was one of them.

CSB: I also saw the Mighty Michu in a side comedy bit saving a damsel in distress from a (man dressed as a) gorilla.  Michu took a really bad fall and couldn't get up - I think he climbed a ladder and was going to swing from a rope.  He fell straight down a few feet.  But of course, to the tiniest man in the world, it was probably the equivalent of a 10 or 15 foot fall.  The gorilla picked up Michu and the damsel and ran off the stage while waving, as if the whole thing was meant to happen.  Gorillas are liars.
 
2013-11-05 12:50:15 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I remember this vividly.

No one was fooled for a moment.

I also remember when they sold flashlights on lanyards that you'd spin around to make a trippy light circle,
before product liability law got so restrictive.


So do I. I think I still have that program somewhere in my box of treasures.

Kinda-sorta useless trivia:

As far as clowns go, the arguably greatest one was Ringling Bros.' own Lou Jacobs, the dude who made the clown car popular. He was also one of the few living people to be immortalized on a U.S. stamp.

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/saw him perform several times many years ago...he was awesome
 
2013-11-05 12:52:58 PM

Gaambit: MFAWG: Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers this quite vividly.

Yeah, I even had that program (which is what I think I recall more than anything). Weird what burns into your brain at five years old.


I was 21, lolol.
 
2013-11-05 01:59:33 PM
I remember my dad ruining the illusion right before they brought the thing out,my sister was not happy
 
2013-11-05 02:25:59 PM
BTW, here's the (lapsed) patent showing just how this unicorn was made.

http://www.google.com/patents/US4429685
 
2013-11-05 02:36:07 PM
the circus has been a place of magic and imagination, which is a nice way of saying "ridiculous lies."

Real estate.
 
2013-11-05 02:36:28 PM
The RBBB Circus is unique in that it is still entirely the creation of the Feld family. Unlike most producers they are the true creative minds behind their show.

So, all that crazy stuff in the 70's was taken directly from Irving Feld's impresario spirit. Which is kind of cool when you think about it.

Lorelle:

As far as clowns go, the arguably greatest one was Ringling Bros.' own Lou Jacobs, the dude who made the clown car popular. He was also one of the few living people to be immortalized on a U.S. stamp.

So true. But the days of great clowning at Ringling Bros are in the past. (at least for a while)  It's pretty impossible to hire talented  people who can work under the current conditions. Unless it's a headliner like Bello.
 
2013-11-05 03:06:55 PM

Farker Posey: BTW, here's the (lapsed) patent showing just how this unicorn was made.

http://www.google.com/patents/US4429685


That seals the conclusion. There IS a freakin' method patent for everything officially.
 
2013-11-05 03:30:53 PM

Farker Posey: And here's serial killer Leonard Lake with that same unicorn (when it was younger and had not been sold to Ringling Bros yet).  Lake was a neighbor and friend of Oberon Zell, the guy who created several unicorns in the 80s.

[i44.tinypic.com image 312x411]

/I have a pic of me (age 14) and the unicorn Lancelot from when he was retired from the circus and lived quietly at SeaWorld


Then he was bludgeoned into unconsciousness and had his kidney stolen.
 
2013-11-05 03:45:14 PM
I remember the entire thing being surreal.  Of course it could just be that my grandparents let me eat 10 pounds worth of cotton candy that night too.

Weird looking horse/goat/unicorn was all I could think.
 
2013-11-05 03:47:20 PM

dkimball: "We mean no harm to your planet"

[img.fark.net image 850x478]


Dang... I was looking for that exact picture last week and couldn't find it

/I'm gonna steal it when I get home
 
2013-11-05 04:00:05 PM
I notice somebody else already identified Lancelot, although back when Lancelot was touring, "Oberon" was still just plain old "Otter".
 
2013-11-05 04:16:35 PM

xanadian: [pbfcomics.com image 850x283]


And this one as well.

i45.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-05 04:19:26 PM
I worked for the red unit of Ringling ( which the unicorn was on) back in '97 and they STILL would mock it!
 
2013-11-05 05:18:07 PM
If I eat ten pounds of beans I might give a rip.
 
2013-11-05 06:18:54 PM
"It's a horse... with a dick on its head."

Obscure?
 
2013-11-05 07:05:54 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: [i.imgur.com image 499x662]


This.
 
2013-11-05 07:13:03 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a real-life unicorn!

upload.wikimedia.org
/Indian rhinoceros, aka rhinoceros unicornis.
 
2013-11-05 07:34:58 PM

Farker Posey: BTW, here's the (lapsed) patent showing just how this unicorn was made.

http://www.google.com/patents/US4429685


Crap. it's open season for monsanto then..

//round-up ready unicorns?
 
2013-11-05 08:01:41 PM

gnosis301: The unicorn was real.  And so was the harpy.


Close cover before striking.
 
2013-11-05 10:11:29 PM
UNICORNS???!!!  WHO IN THE UNIVERSE CARES ABOUT THOSE?  LRRR ANNOUNCES THE HUMAN HORN HARVEST SEASON OPEN!!
 
2013-11-06 04:46:28 AM
"A man breaking his journey between one place and another at a third place of no name, character, population or significance, sees a unicorn cross his path and disappear. That in itself is startling, but there are precedents for mystical encounters of various kinds, or to be less extreme, a choice of persuasions to put it down to fancy; until--'My God,' says a second man, 'I must be dreaming, I thought I saw a unicorn.' At which point, a dimension is added that makes the experience as alarming as it will ever be. A third witness, you understand, adds no further dimension but only spreads it thinner, and a fourth thinner still, and the more witnesses there are the thinner it gets and the more reasonable it becomes until it is as thin as reality; the name we give to the common experience. 'Look, look!' recites the crowd. 'A horse with an arrow in its forehead! It must have been mistaken for a deer.'"
 
2013-11-06 12:43:42 PM
The pay is bad, hours are awful but the benefits are fantastic.

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2013-11-06 04:51:33 PM
Rinoplasty  essentially.
 
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