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Back when I was in elementary school I loved reading fantasy books. It started in second grade when my father bought me The Book of Three. I enjoyed the sense of adventure, and all the strange creatures that the adventurers encountered on their journey. After reading the prydain books I moved on to Xanth, the Deathgate Cycle, until I finally stopped reading fantasy books when I entered high school.
Now, of all the odd creatures in all the fantasy books I ever read, the Unicorn never struck me as being particularly unrealistic. It's just a horse with a horn. To this day it seems possible to me that such a creature could really exist. I mean, pegasus and dragons are plain silly, but I could see unicorns herds running about in eastern Europe. A matter of fact, I thought that unicorns were real until our class took a trip to the bronx zoo in the last year of middle school. The biology teacher asked us what animals we would like to see in their habitats, and I bravely [foolishly] said that I would like to see a unicorn. The whole class burst out into laughter, and I was saved by the fact that everybody thought I was joking. That night when I told my parents, they were kind enough to inform me that unicorns are not real.
It's a bit of embarassing story, but I'm pretty sure I'm not alone here. I'd like to hear some of the misconceptions that many of the people here held onto that were dispelled way too late in life.