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Friday, October 31, 2008

Vampire Math

Debunking vampires? Is nothing sacred?

This morning, I heard on the radio that vampires can't truly exist, because they would consume their food source (us) too quickly. I just had to look this little tidbit up:
Efthimiou's debunking logic goes like this: On Jan. 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on, even if our entire species doubled each month.
I've actually questioned the predatory habits of zombies, vampires and werewolves in this very blog before, so it is something I've spent time thinking about. Still, though, seeing that someone did the math and all is kind of depressing to me.

There's still hope, though. If real life vampires are like the ones in the works of Anne Rice, they could still be out there skulking around. In her works, the vampires could feed on an unlimited number of people, and they would only turn the ones they wanted to into vampires. They really considered this choice carefully, since they'd be spending a lot of time with that person from that point on. Also, they weighed out how many vampires could live in one area without arousing suspicion, so it didn't happen very often. Hmmm, I guess Anne spent some time thinking about this, too!

Or, if you look at the vampire legends on wikipedia, many cultures believe that becoming a vampire has nothing to do with being bitten by another vampire in the first place:
The causes of vampiric generation were many and varied in original folklore. In Slavic and Chinese traditions, any corpse which was jumped over by an animal, particularly a dog or a cat, was feared to become one of the undead. A body with a wound which had not been treated with boiling water was also at risk. In Russian folklore, vampires were said to have once been witches or people who had rebelled against the Church while they were alive.
So, really, it's possible that IF there are vampires out there, they aren't reproducing in an out of control fashion. They could still be around!

There, I feel better now! Sort of! I do still wonder about the zombies, though...

Happy Halloween!


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LOL! I think I'll go with the vampires not being possible theory. ;)
Anne Rice has odd, depressing vampires. Lestat ;)
You really thought about this. Thanks for commenting on my site and I am doing fine. We knew it was time for mil to be in a better place - she is missed.

Happy Halloween
Time to hide under the blankets tonight as the creepies come out.

Happy Halloween!
I'm sure glad you thought about this whole vampire thing, so I don't have to.


Actually, I think vampires CAN choose whom they want to make into vampires.

Happy Halloween to you and your marvelous family!!
In every zombie movie I can think of, the geometric rate of increase in zombification is pretty much a given in the story, with the world as we know it soon de-populated. I guess that's because they're mostly mindless. Unlike the vampire, who we hope can exercise enlightened self-interest. Vampires are a thinking person's undead then I reckon.
Vampires can choose whether to merely feed on a victim or turn the person into a vampire. Unlike the hordes of mindless zombies who are just a walking ravenous appetite for braaaains. Although I do see them eating other body parts as well.
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