Unicorn chaser

By Phil Plait | November 6, 2012 10:16 am

I suspect something like half of the people reading my blog will, today, need this: a video of a puppy playing with a spring doorstop.


[The term "unicorn chaser" comes from Boing Boing, and is akin to a palate-cleansing for your brain after something awful.]

c/o my pal the geektastic Bonnie Burton.

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Comments (14)

  1. Misha

    Okay, I could be wrong here, but I believe the most well-known usage of the term “unicorn chaser” is when a couple is looking for a bisexual female with which to share a menage-a-trois or a triad relationship. (Truly bisexual females in the dating community are often called unicorns because they are so desired but so rare.) I’m not sure Boing Boing knows about this, but it could lead to some lulzy miscommunicatings.

  2. Rick Johnson

    Our cat did the same but without all the wasted motion. He just laid in front of it hitting it with his paw — SPRONG!! — until one of us would get up and give him a bit of his favorite canned cat food — at 3 a.m. The entire wall (knotty pine walls) acted as a soundboard so it is very loud not to be ignored. We had to change them out for rigid ones to get a decent night’s sleep.

  3. Marina Stern

    That is indeed one adorable puppy, and I shared the video on FB for my friends.

    #1 Misha: Why didn’t I know that when I was dating?

  4. Wzrd1

    @Rick Johnson, I’d have put silicone caulk behind the stopper, between the board and wall to deaden the vibration and resonance. :)
    But then, I’m cheap and always have some kind of caulk handy.

  5. Misha@1: No, no, not “a chaser of unicorns”. A “chaser” in the drink sense – something that follows, to improve things. You have a shot of whiskey and a beer chaser, and the beer clears the aftertaste.

    And a “unicorn” in the “it farts rainbows!” sense – something adorable that makes you go awwwwwwwww.

    A “unicorn chaser” is, thus, an adorably cute thing to cleanse the palate of something that lingers. As opposed to “a creepy couple looking for HBB who will leave afterwards.”

  6. Christine P.

    Ah, doorstops – sources of endless fun & fascination.

  7. Digital Ruse

    Requisite Caption: Let me play for you, the song of my people.

  8. ctj

    john @5:

    And a “unicorn” in the “it farts rainbows!” sense – something adorable that makes you go awwwwwwwww.

    i had the same thought:


  9. Tugger 2012

    Tugger for president!

  10. I think that door-stop and the Slinky would make a nice couple. And they could invite the puppy over for their brand of three-way.

  11. MedievalSingularity

    No, actually, they’re totally not rare, but mostly never mention their orientation for people likely to be looking for unicorns. As I’m pretty sure Boing Boing is aware.

  12. Crudely Wrott

    Seems like it’s always the case in all kinds of worthy or simply cool human endeavors: “And then there was this dog, see, and . . .”

  13. DrB

    @MedievalSingularity – depending on your willingness to travel they are rare enough to deserve their moniker. In over ten years of active searching I’ve found 2, only slightly higher than the number of teeth on a new born hen.

  14. Brian Too

    This comment thread is a little adult oriented, considering that the OP is of a puppy being a puppy!


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