The Invisible Pink Unicorn – alt.atheism

The Invisible Pink Unicorn  was “revealed to” the Usenet newsgroup alt.atheism in 1990.

The Invisible Pink Unicorn Movement

The Invisible Pink Unicorn (IPU) is the goddess of a parody religion used to satirize atheistic beliefs

Since then, she’s acquired all the trappings of a real deity: gospels (“according to St. Sascha”), revelations (to “St. Bryce the Long-Winded”), relics (the Holy Sock of Bob), scripture, and historic artworks.

“Invisible Pink Unicorn is beings of great spiritual power. We know this because unicorns are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorn is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can’t see them.”


Nowadays, the Invisible Pink Unicorn has become a metaphor to depict atheists, for it is some kind of spearhead that is used as an illustration of the problem faced by atheists when asked to disprove the existence of a god by those of a religious persuasion.

Followers debate her attributes, but it’s generally agreed that she prefers pineapple and ham pizza to pepperoni and mushroom, which is said to be eaten only by followers of the Purple Oyster of Doom. The IPU also “raptures” socks from laundry as a sign of favor.


Is this harmless fun or awful blasphemy? It’s getting hard to care. As the French writer Edmond de Goncourt wrote, “If there is a God, atheism must seem to him as less of an insult than religion.”

This “Religion”, since its creation, has gathered many followers.
Starting around 2001, websites dedicated to that myth have been created:


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