Some people are surprised to learn that unicorn questing licenses are availabe in these unpoetic days, but indeed they are. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University still issues the licenses online (here). You must be careful to follow the regulations (here).
Note especially that it is prohibited to use artificial light in the taking of unicorns. Also, note that you must wear the license over your heart, pinned with a sprig of rosemary. (Strictly enforced.)
The late W.T. (Bill) Rabe, Director of Public Relations of Lake Superior State University, realized that unicorn questing had seriously declined in our times (perhaps due to the lack of the requisite unicorn bait, virgins), and so in 1971, he established the Department of Natural Unicorns as well as the Unicorn Hunters to bring some order and stability to the ancient pursuit.
Oh, and by the way, to get publicity for LSSU, which many people did not reaize was an independent school. According to the website (source): “With an enrollment of about 3,000 students, LSSU offers an undergraduate experience that features small classes, individual attention and faculty/student research opportunities that are not always readily available at larger schools. LSSU students choose from a blend of liberal and technical studies in more than 40 areas.”
Words Banished from the Queen’s English
Rabe’s Unicorn Hunters also maintain the annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.” You can find the complete list here. I am delighted to report that “Absolutely!” has been banished since 1993, although “at the end of the day” does not yet suffer the well-deserved banishment. For 2010, “Word ‘czars’ at Lake Superior State University ‘unfriended’ 15 words and phrases.” See if you agree with their choices (here).
So, get your flask of brandy and one-ounce bottle of Unicorn Lure ready (both recommended by the DNU for the serious pursuit of the unicorn), and take my wishes for a happy, safe hunt. That is, a hunt that will be happy and safe for the unicorns!
You can find an index to all my stories of hunting unicorns, “The Joys of Chasing Unicorns,” here.
Source: Lake Superior State University Unicorn Hunters page