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Human Vampiric Virus

Posted in Myths x Science on 06/15/2009 by WickedGentleman

This Human Vampiric Virus was suposed by an Italian scientist called Ludovico Fatinelli in the year 1616. He wrote his thesis about Vampirism in a book called Treatise on Vampires, in which he speculated that vampirism was caused by a microscopic pathogen. His thesis  included the results of the work of countless dedicated men and women. Well… After that he was condemned for heresy and burned… But science never gave up ;D…. Though Fatinelli was gone, his research lived on. For years after his death, illicit copies of his banned treatise made their way through Europe’s scientific communities and helped pave the way for important work by scientists like the Englishman Edward Jenner, who created the first vaccine in 1795.

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Ludovico Fatinelli

The Virus:

fleaThe virus was called Human Vampiric Virus and he speculated that this virus had a natural host, a flea commonly found on cave-dwelling bats, especially the vampire bat, this flea was called Xenopsylla cheopsis . Like Rabies, HVV belongs to the order Mononegavirales, viruses with a nonsegmented, negative-stranded RNA genome.

Commonly, a bat which has been bitten by the flea passes the virus on to livestock and humans through a bite.

While in theory HVV infection is possible through any exchange of bodily fluids, transmission occurs through the bite of an infected person in virtually every case.

Stages of the Disease:

1- Infection:

Within hours of being bitten, the victim develops a headache, fever, chills and other symptoms as the body tries to fight off the infection. These symptoms can be easily confused with more common viral infections, although the presence of bite marks on the body are usually enough to confirm the diagnosis. This stage generally lasts between six and twelve hours, during which the vaccine is 100 percent effective.

2 – Vampiric coma:

oldvampWithin 24 hours of being bitten, the victim will slip into a vampiric coma. During this phase, the pulse slows, breathing is shallow and the pupils are dilated. The large numbers of people mistakenly buried alive while in vampiric comas gave rise to the myth that vampires sleep in coffins. While it is commonly thought that anyone infected with HVV turns into a vampire, in fact only a small percentage of people survive vampiric comas. Generally, the young, the old and the feeble never come out of their vampiric comas and eventually die. The vast majority of people who survive vampiric comas are males between the ages of 18 to 35. Vampiric comas last about a day; the victim usually comes out of the coma the night after its onset. The vaccine is 50 percent effective when administered during this stage of the infection. The longer the victim has been in the coma, the less effective the vaccine.

3 – Transformation:

A bite victim who survives the coma will awaken fully transformed into a vampire. An acclimation period follows, characterized by confusion, despondency and paranoia. Most vampires begin to hunt within 24 hours of transformation. The vaccine is of no use at this point.

Mathematic Scepticism

Untill today some people still believe in the exsistence of the HVV. To destroy the mythological virus, the american magazine Skeptical Inquirer published a mathematic calculation to prove that there is no vampires living in earth.

This calculation is simple: each person that has been bitten by a vampire turns into a new vampire. In this way, the vampire population grows up in a geometric progression and the human population begins to disapear in the same way. If the first vampire came up in 1600 AD,  when the world had 563 million of people, and they really had fed themselves with human blood one time in a month, then just 30 months would be necessary untill the whole humanity turns into vampires.

I’ll keep believing that they’re here between us ;D……

The First.

Posted in General on 06/13/2009 by WickedGentleman

The begining.

Well, this is a blog about vampires. My intention with this web-blog is to explain more about the vampire world. With real histories and also fiction texts.

Why vampires? Who am I?

You can find all those answers in the page “Miss Spookiness” right there ->

First, I think the better way to begin this web-blog is:

– What does vampire means?

The English term possibly  came from the French term vampyre,  from the German Vampir,  in turn thought to be derived in the early 18th century from the Serbian/Bulgarian term вампир/vampir. Czech and Slovak upír, Polish wąpierz, and perhaps East-Slavic influenced upiór, Russian/Ukranian упырь upyr’. The exact etymology is unclear.

The first recorded use of the Old Russian form Упирь (Upir’) is commonly believed to be in a document dated 1047 AD. In a manuscript of the Book of Psalms written by a priest who transcribed the book from the oldest known Slavic alphabet (Glagolitic) into a modern one (Cyrillic) for the Novgorodian Prince Vladimir Yaroslavovich (Noooo! He’s not the Dracula!!).  The priest writes that his name is “Upir’ Likhyi ” (Упирь Лихый), which means something like “Wicked Vampire” or “Foul Vampire”. This apparently strange name has been cited as an example both of surviving paganism and of the use of nicknames as personal names.

What is the mythological Vampire?

They are creatures who subsist by feeding on the life essence (no, not only blood).

The first known vampire is called Lilith. The name came from the Hebrew לילית Lilit or from the Akkadian Līlītu. Both are female nisba adjectives (common suffix to form adjectives of relation or pertinence)  from the Proto-Semitic root LYL “night,” literally translating to nocturnal “female night being/demon”.

This fragment of the Book of Isaiah 34:14 “et occurrent daemonia onocentauris et pilosus clamabit alter ad alterum ibi cubavit lamia et invenit sibi requiem” gave the name Lilith a new translation “Lamia”.

The oldest vampires were more like demons than today. The newest vampires are normaly people like humans (Ex: Edward Cullen – Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight), that feed themselves with blood, not necessarily from humans. They’re most of the time beautiful and powerfull.

An exemple of a not-so-beautiful vampire is the Nosferatu from the RPG book Vampire: The Masquerade). The fiction vampires normaly have special powers. They can read minds or fly.

If you want to know more about the modern and glamurous new vampires, I recomend Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Book or Movie) Or the Vampire Chronicles from Anne Rice (there’s also the movie, Interview With the Vampire, based on her novel. And the not-so-good Queen Of Damned).

Interview-Vampire-LouisBrad Pitt as Louis du Pointe du Lac in Interview With The Vampire Movie – 1994