There’s always someone who’s there to stir things up—and it appears Twitter user Kyle Brownlee (@_kylebrownlee) is just that guy.
Last Saturday, without any provocation whatsoever, Brownlee set Twitter on fire with a seemingly harmless tweet that felt both so recognizably true and so revelatory at the same time that it left people shook:
how are unicorns fake but giraffes are real like what’s more believable a horse with a horn or a leopard-moose-camel with a 40 foot neck
— Kyle Brownlee (@_kylebrownlee) July 14, 2018
He then provided side-by-side, photographic evidence of why it’s bizarre to believe in one of these animals and not the other:
yeah you tell me which mf looks like it’s from a different planet pic.twitter.com/wajaMQ5yWo
— Kyle Brownlee (@_kylebrownlee) July 15, 2018
The post blew everyone away and set fingers sprinting across keys. It wasn’t too long before folks had follow-up questions of their own:
What even are those nubs on giraffe heads anyway? I’ve been calling them antennae but I feel like that’s really wrong.
— Destiny Gartland (@destinygartland) July 14, 2018
They're called ossicones!
— ✏ Andrewpologie (@anthro_andrew) July 14, 2018
Bull giraffes use them as weapons when fighting for mates
— ✏ Andrewpologie (@anthro_andrew) July 15, 2018
Seriously though, look up giraffe fights. They're BRUTAL.
— Paresh Maharaj (@NobleKind92) July 15, 2018
True believers were made:
I just YouTubed that, and I now accept that giraffes are aliens.
— Rita M (@rita82m) July 15, 2018
Offerings of “otherworldly” or “experimental” animals were made:
Have you seen an okapi? pic.twitter.com/Iq4s2nPvek
— Bath&Thotty Works (@my3says) July 15, 2018
You aint say it but the answer is always platypus. Look at this bird beaked, furry, mammalian, hind leg poison carrying, beaver tail having experiment pic.twitter.com/vU9r9B9BVq
— Kthehermit (@Kthehermit) July 16, 2018
Not to mention Experiment 630: the narwhal. How are these guys real but unicorns aren't? pic.twitter.com/XKkCi7exFQ
— Alice Ralph (@alicaurusrex) July 16, 2018
I’d like to add these to the how are they real and unicorns aren’t list…like seriously…a vampire deer? pic.twitter.com/MFSavyfI2p
— Katrina Kettley (@KatrinaKettley) July 17, 2018
But then, somebody dropped by to point out that dragons or at least dragon-like, giraffe-like, HUGE bird-type creatures were also real at one point in the earth’s history.
The fossil record of our planet reads like a fantasy novel. There used to be animals the size of the leopard-moose-camel THAT COULD FLY. Tell me dragons are less realistic than this. pic.twitter.com/SvmXKu2wDJ
— Prosecute ICE, Open the Borders (@InterstellRaven) July 16, 2018
The thought of which just terrified most folks:
Well that’s terrifying to think about pic.twitter.com/qt2z07NS05
— Collin Wade (@coll_wade) July 16, 2018
— Keegan (@100PichuKeegan) July 16, 2018
This upsets me.
— Liquid Chris (@Brosiferous) July 16, 2018
And so, while it seems everyone on Twitter now agrees that giraffes are “aliens,” and narwhals and platypus are “experiments,” and vampire deer are just, well, creepy—we thought we’d add just a smidgen more fuel to the dragon fire by mentioning that science actually confirmed last year that—UNICORNS ARE REAL!!
Unicorns are real, just not the way everyone thought they would be… pic.twitter.com/URtkfHIQ37
— Siddhesh Poyarekar (@siddhesh_p) July 16, 2018