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The Unicorn Tapestries and Other Depictions: Beyond the Obvious Symbolism of the Unicorn’s Horn

At present, when one hears the word “unicorn,” the associations are obvious: a horned white horse, representing purity; a similarly chaste and pristine young woman; a series of single entendres.

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“A silver swan, which had a living grace”: A Brief, Bizarre Collection of Historical Automatons

In recent years, automatons have seen a surge in popularity, from steampunk contraptions to mecha. But this interest is hardly new.

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Choosing Our Own Adventures

For kids who love to read, there’s something deeply exciting about opening up a book and being absorbed into someone else’s adventures. But sometimes there’s an alternative to simply reading about the protagonist’s derring-do.

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From Story to Screen

Why do we have such strong feelings for alternate retellings? We love seeing a book come alive on the screen, but it comes with a price: trying to cram pages of character development into a two-hour movie.

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Five Fantasy Worlds That You Wouldn’t Want to Visit

Who hasn’t thought of shooting out the eyes of the deserving with an Elven bow? We’ve all been there. But you should actually be really, really glad you haven’t been there at all. Here’s why.

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Three Real Historical Figures Who Embarked Upon the Hero’s Journey

History is filled with examples of travels grander in scale than could have been imagined beforehand, each one managing to change the world in some way as a result.