Movies, books and campfire tales about vampires have scared the living daylights out of many of us. I, for one, was kept up late into the night by my older brother who told me stories about the moonbeam shining on my closet being a homing beacon for the vampires to find me. I slept under the magic covers with lights on for many years after that!
– The first use of the word “vampire” in English wasn’t until 1734, when it was mentioned in a book called Travels of Three English Gentlemen.
– Some believed that vampires suffer from arithmomania, a compunction to count things. If you threw out a handful of seeds, they’d be compelled to stop and count them, giving you plenty of time to run away. (So Sesame Street’s Count is based on historical fact…..)
– In 1973, a Polish man choked to death on garlic he had stuffed in his mouth. The police found his body surrounded by bags of salt and even the keyholes were stuffed with garlic! Wow.
– According to legend, vampires have no reflection in a mirror. Do you know why? It was believed that a mirror cast back the image of the body and soul so if you have no soul (as the un-dead) then you can’t have a reflection. Also mirrors used to be made with silver and everyone knows that’s pretty toxic to anything not quite alive!
– Being bitten on the neck is NOT the only way of becoming a vampire! Some believed a baby could be born one if the right curse was cast while invitro. Other ways include, but are not limited to, eating lamb that was slaughtered by a wolf, being a Satanist or witch, committing suicide, or by letting a cat or dog walk above someone who just died.
– Prince Charles might just be related to the historical figure known as Vlad The Impaler.
– A group of diseases known as “Porphyria” is very rare but can cause vampire- like symptoms. It has been associated with vampires in the past and causes sufferers to have a severe sensitivity to sunlight. It also causes hallucinations, paranoia, madness and other awful symptoms. Too bad it’s all of the vampires weaknesses but none of its strengths.
– This isn’t exactly a fact, but it was WAY too good to not share with you!!
– A group of vampires has been called a clutch, brood, coven, pack, or a clan.
– The most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, quoted the Bible. Deuteronomy 12:23- The blood is life.
– A vampire supposedly has control over the animal world. We all know he can turn into a bat, but did you know he can also turn into a rat, moth, fox, owl or a wold as well?