The San Diego County Fair, the largest one in the United States with an estimated 1.6M visitors annually, is known for its quirky, over-the-top vendor food. This organizers of this year's fair themed it "How sweet it is" and asked its vendors to come up with at least one rainbow-colored "unicorn-specific" dish.
One vendor took the unicorn-food challenge and created these cotton candy ice cream sandwiches:
Yes, those are Fruity Pebbles.
San Diego Union-Tribune podcasters Abby Hamblin and Luis Gomez humorously rated the taste of five of the fair's more unusual food offerings:
Deep-fried filet mignon:
[Abby] This dish wins the award for ugliest presentation with the best taste...
Not an actual donut (sad face)
[Luis] This dish was exactly what I had imagined, which is just a bunch of pasta shaped as a doughnut. It’s not fried. And it tasted just as I imagined, just pasta. It wasn’t disappointing, but it wasn’t totally exciting either...
[Abby] This was my favorite of the day. It tastes like pasta but feels like a nacho...
More: San Diego County Fair food diary: 5 unique dishes to try and What to eat at the San Diego County Fair this summer
The fair is open now through July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
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You can make six things with the I Love Unicorns Kit (Amazon), though only one of them is, technically, a complete unicorn. The other items, however, when worn together, entitle the wearer to be recognized as an actual unicorn under the German Standards Institute DIN 41439 specification for Cryptozoological Entities. So there's that.
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A RAINBOW OF FUN: 6 awesome projects kids will go wild over
LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES BY MAKING A VARIETY OF CRAFTS: Kids learn to sew a stuffy, create with pom poms, fold and string a garland, assemble a headband, and more!
CRAFTS THEY WEAR, PLAY WITH, OR HANG UP. Wear the headband, magic dust or tail, play with the stuffy, or decorate a bulletin board or dresser with the garland
CRAFTING HELPS DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: Understanding and following directions is a skill that will be needed and used throughout life
KIT INCLUDES EVERYTHING THEY NEED: 79 pom poms, 9 pieces acrylic felt, 31 pieces adhesive, 25 yds (22.8 m) acrylic yarn, 50 pieces card stock
At the outset, let me address the likelihood that this post will eventually be visited by someone who has unspeakable plans for a unicorn, is holding a unicorn hostage, or who intends to affix a unicorn to ducting for less nefarious reasons. First, it's duct tape with a unicorn design (Amazon). As in pictures of unicorns are printed on the tape. Second, duct tape is in fact no good for use with ducting. Third, no special tape is required to immobilize or silence unicorns: any good store brand will do.
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After careful examination of several practically-identical products and a thorough delve into reader reviews, I can finally make my long-awaited recommendation for a strap-on unicorn horn: the YanJie Shiny (~$10, Amazon).
Aside from the critical rainbow model, it comes in various colors, is adjustable, and has the all-important strap so it doesn't come off your head when under extended or vigorous use.
It is five inches long, made of polyester, and a buck or two more expensive than the competition. For an item so important, though, it's worth splurging.
"I am an 'average sized' adult and I wore this for a party," writes D.T. "it fit perfectly."
"Using for cosplay and cosplay only," reports Queen of the Succubi. "It is legit enough."
"We love it, dog hates it," cautions Daniel. "What more can I say."
If you know of a superior shiny rainbow strap-on unicorn horn, tell us about it in the comments!
YanJie Shiny Unicorn Horn [Amazon]
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The Wine Of Sacred Purity Unicorn Wine Holder ($19.95, Amazon) holds only one bottle of wine, but it holds it very well.
"Add some falir [sic] to your kitchen by displaying your wine bottles in this holder," the marketing copy suggests. "Beware of knockoff imitation pieces sold by unlicensed sellers."
"It's not all joy and rainbows," warns verified purchaser Jon Hanson. "I bought this unicorn thinking it would bring luck, joy and rainbows into my home. Instead he just sits there, staring through my soul with his cold black eyes, just daring me to steal his bottle."
"Everything you could ever ask for in a creepy unicorn," counters My Name Here, a sentiment that Mir agrees with: "Such A Majestic Housewarming Gift." Read the rest
Unicorns' conservation status puts them beyond the reach of most hunters, but you too can display the dismembered head of Satan's second-most beloved creation thanks to the Toscano Alicorn Unicorn Trophy Wall Sculpture ($25, Amazon). Offered in "antique stone," which is to say resin-bound plaster dust, it's about a foot square yet weighs only three pounds.
"Majestic," reports verified purchaser Danielle Summer. "For some reason when I was reading the product description I thought it said five inches. It is definitely larger than five inches."
"Far too pointy," writes Hunkulees in a review that 15 people found helpful. "Weirdest rectal thermometer I ever bought. Would buy again."
Douglas M. Taylor, however, deducted a star because a rainbow was not included: "Would have given it 5 stars if it came with a rainbow." Read the rest
Don't chase Glenda Glitterpoop the unicorn ($41, Amazon). Instead, squeeze it, transforming its beatific unicorn face into a snarling monster. It's washable, too, so you can squeeze it again and again!
Glenda measures 8.5" tall and she's a fast one so catch her quickly!
She will go from "awww" to "ahhh!" with a quick squeeze behind the ears
This mystic Feisty Pet is a rare beast! What a lucky find!
Stuffed with polyester fibers and is surface washable
Here's essential video of Glenda turning:
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Contrary to the product description, these Rainbow-Shitting Unicorn Socks [Amazon] are not "womens" socks. They're my socks.
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75% cotton, 20% polyester, 5% spandex.
Approximately fits women's shoe size 5-10.
Made in Korea.
In contrast to other speakers, the Unicorn Speaker's key qualities are 'ABS plastic' and 'imported.' It contains a built-in battery and boasts 4 hours of playback on a charge away from the tether. It is not wireless; there's a 3.5mm jack.
Reviews are mixed. "WORKS GREAT", says one verified customer, though another offers some great accidental Shakespeare in "it works not well." Worse, "the horn doesn't even stay in place once it it attached," warns Froggy.
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Handicorn is an $8 unicorn puppet with a difference: you mount the unicorn's dismembered head and legs onto individual fingers, then clop around to your heart's content unfettered by the swaddling confinement of a traditional glove.
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EXCUSE ME SIR, I MUST TELL YOU YOUR HAND IS MAJESTIC Your hand is fine, but it lacks a certain... magic. You need Handicorn! This set of five soft vinyl finger puppets (four hooves and a unicorn head) takes your humdrum human hand and terrifically transforms it into a unicorn! The hooves are 2" (5.1 cm), head is 2-1/2" (6.4 cm). Your hand is going to look majestic posed on a rainbow!
According to the product description at Amazon, these fluorescent unicorn stickers will apply to any flat surface, can be removed and replaced, and "need to absorb light in daytime" if they are to glow in darkness. So be warned: just as fans left on at night slowly remove all the oxygen from the air, throttling the life from young and old alike, too many unicorns may result in Dyatlov-like irradiated corpses strewn around the bedroom.
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They don't come as a set, sadly, but these unicorn-shaped power banks are offered in white and black for $15 each. About three inches wide and one deep, they've got good reviews from buyers, so aren't doomed to become paperweights after the second recharge cycle.
White Unicorn USB Power Bank [Amazon]
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My quest for an inflatable tardigrade is yet to yield results, but they say the journey is the destination and I have discovered a plethora of inflatable unicorns along the way. This one is the best. It's quite expensive, at $43 shipped, but you can't cut corners when it comes to quality inflatables.
P.S. The inflatable unicorn wall head is just incredibly nasty, thanks to the uncannily realistic horse photo printed on it. Unless you're putting it in someone's bed as a warning, avoid.
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This nifty crying unicorn candle comes with three colorful wax rainbow horns. Light the horn, and tears of joy start to flow from the unicorn's eyes: Read the rest
Tully's "Zombie Unicorn," posted to CGHub, is the unicorn we've all dreamt of, but never dared to conjure forth. If only I could buy this as a life-size piece for the office (or even just the head on a trophy plaque). Read the rest
Everyone's all worked up at the fact that Emily Harris, 9, was able to proceed through through customs with a passport that identified her as a unicorn. What do these tabloids have against unicorns? [The Sun] Read the rest