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Two medieval skeletons with iron stakes through their chests have been discovered in Bulgaria.The country has seen its fair share of "vampire skeleton" burials over the years with over 100 discovered, up until a century ago it was common practice to put a stake through the heart of the deceased in fear that they wouldrise again at night and terrorize the living."These skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th Century," said Bozhidar Dimitrov of Bulgaria"s National History Museum.

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods tosupposedly stop them from turning into vampires.  

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Vampire mythology

The idea of the vampire has caused some extreme behaviour. In October 1974 a drunkard was lured to the home of a Mr Lorca in Germany. Promising him food and shelter, instead, Mr Lorca descended on the man and bit him hard on the neck, drawing blood. Passing out, when the drunkard came round, he rushed out of the house and went to the police. Arriving a short time later, they found Mr Lorca asleep in a coffin with blood on his lips. Mr Lorca, it seems, liked to be called Count, ate only raw meat ...

Headmaster: no vampires at our school

A headmaster in Boston has had to make a statement to reassure people that Boston Latin School does not have any vampires. The rumors started following reports of 'vampires' roaming the halls and the police being called to investigate a report of a student being bitten."The headmaster of one of the city's most prestigious exam schools is dealing with an unusual rumorsweeping student classrooms. . There are no v...

Vampires and sickness

Anthony North: Vampires can be seen to have many possible explanations other than the obvious reality of the undead. In this essay I want to look at one of these areas in particular -the idea that various forms of sickness can fuel vampire mythology. The supernatural idea of the vampire has been heightened, over the centuries, by a large number of seemingly inexplicable anecdotes. Typical was the fate that befell Meduegya, a town in Serbia, in 1732. Vampire consciousness: Following a spate of de...

Vampires a Mathematical Impossibility, Scientist Says

A researcher has come up with some simple math that sucks the life out of the vampire myth, proving that these highly popular creatures can't exist. University of Central Florida physics professor Costas Efthimiou's work debunks pseudoscientific ideas, such as vampires and zombies, in an attempt to enhance public literacy. Not only does the public believe in such topics, but the percentages are at dangerously highlevel, Efthimiou told LiveScience. Legend has it that vampires feed...

New Zealand man attacked by vampires

A man in New Zealand has been attacked in the dark by three "vampires" who bit him and drank his blood.Two of the individuals were released on bail while the third is still at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The victim passed out after the attack which occured at MountVictoria near the capital Wellington. Details of the bizarre late night incident on Mount Victoria, an unlit beauty spot thatoverlooks the capital, Wellington, emerged after two people appeared in cour...

Dracula a victim of bad propaganda ?

Vlad the Impaler wasn"t bloodthirsty at all but simply a victim of propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed. Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian prince who inspired the character of Count Dracula, was not a blood-thirsty tyrant, he was simply a misunderstood victim of bad Western European propaganda, a newexhibition has claimed. "Vlad Dracula was doubtlessly cruel, but not more so than other princes of histime," said Margot Rauch, the Austrian curator of the exhibition, entitled "D...

"Blood" perfumes ideal for vampires

Two Italian entrepreneurs have launched a perfume inspired by the scent of human blood.The "Blood Concept" scent comes in four varieties named after blood types but does not contain any actual blood. "Blood Concept is just a celebration of human life through an interpretation of its evolutionary process," said one of its creatorsAntonio Zuddas. In keeping with the hematic theme, the four scents come in 1. 35-ounce vials with reddroppers, and the website includes background images ...

Vampire stalking Siberian livestock

Farmers in Siberia having reported their goats being killed by a mystery creature and drained of blood.One animal keeper described an experience one night when she heard strange noises and went outside to find one of her goats dead with bite marks on its neck. Locals in rural areas areup in arms because the police are reluctant toinvestigate the incidents. . A blood-sucking creature is preying upon goats near Novosibirsk. As rational explanations run thin on the ground, the specte...

Legal row over 'Dracula' castle

Copyright © BBC NewsRomanian MPs have become embroiled in a row over the ownership of Bran Castle - the 14th-Century building famous for its links to the Count Dracula story. It was returned to New York architect Dominic Habsburg, a descendant of the country's former rulers, last year after 60 years under state control.Some MPs say that process was illegal and want to stop the castle being sold. Mr Habsburg has threatened legal action, saying it would be a "dreadfulinjustice&qu...

Elizabeth Báthory - The Blood bathing Countess

© Jerome C. Krause Countess of Transylvania, vampire: Born 1560/61;  died, August 21, 1614. In order to improve her complexion and also to maintain her failing grasp on her youth and vitality, she slaughtered six hundred innocent young women from her tiny mountain principality. The noble Báthory family stemmed from the Hun Gutkeled clan which held power in broad areas of east central Europe (in those places now known as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania), and had e...

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