I have been assured no unicorns were harmed in the making of this unusual product on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=unicorn+meat (not an affiliate link; click on the Unicorn Meat by ThinkGeek; looks like a can of Spam for those familiar with Spam (as in http://www.spam.com/, not the junk e-mail). Description as shown on Amazon:
- 100% Toy
- 5.5-OUNCE UNICORN MEAT – Item is a 5.5-ounce delicious unicorn meat, canned for your convenience
- EXCELLENT SOURCE OF SPARKLES – Unicorns sprinkle sparkles everywhere, you are assured that this unicorn meat is an excellent source of sparkles.
- MAGIC IN EVERY BITE – Feel the magic in every bite of this unicorn meat. There are crunchy horn bits in every bite. The meat is also easily spreadable for sandwiches and more.
- EASY-OPEN – The bottom of the can is easily-removable to let you gain access to the unicorn meat. No can opener needed.
- STUFFED TOY – All jokes aside, inside the can is a cut-up unicorn stuffed plush toy. Add this to your collection of geeky toys.
This is an unusual exception to my Why You Shouldn’t Blindly Trust Product Reviews. I didn’t mention some other reasons people don’t give honest reviews. In the case of Unicorn Meat, it wouldn’t surprise me if people didn’t read the description and thought Unicorns were being harvested for meat. Another group of reviewers are the ones who don’t get sarcasm doesn’t translate well to the Internet. In some cases, I am confident the reviewer is being sarcastic, but in many cases, they are being serious. FYI, LOL and smileys don’t help since some people use them to show them are making a joke and others use them to show sarcasm.
In a way, it reminds me of the first time I saw nothing listed on EBay for sale. Ebay takes a dim view of people trying to sell nothing on their website. By nothing, I mean nothing as you are bidding on nothing. The item descriptions make it clear you are buying nothing. Do a search on nothing on EBay; first few items I saw had photos of an empty hand. Descriptions tend to go something like this one:
You will get nothing, not even a box no letter, nothing
Surprisingly, some people actually bid on nothing. First time I saw nothing on EBay, the winning bid was over $20. EBay tends to remove auctions and Buy It Now listings that are for nothing. However, they are quickly replaced by people who have nothing (pun intended) better to do.