Scientist Debunks Vampire But....

Netherlands
October 26, 2006 3:49pm CST
Legend has it that vampires can be repelled by garlic and killed with a wooden stake, but a fresh take on the popular myth carried out by a University of Central Florida physics professor has debunked the possibility of such creatures using a bit of simple math. Professor Costas Efthimiou, attempting to draw attention to a public literacy campaign, formulated a simple math equation. The math works as follows: At the beginning of the year 1600 the human population was approximately 540 million. Had the first vampire bit one person a month beginning that year, there would have been two vampires by February, four by March, and so on. After only two and a half years the entire human population, according to simple math, would have become vampires. There would be no more humans for vampires to feed on by the year 1603. Efthimiou took on the vampire myth, noting that public belief in such ideas is far too rampant, according to a report in Livescience.com Whether or not Efthimiou's revelation will have any affect on vampire sightings this Halloween is yet to be known. BUT he only disproves one culture's belief on vampires. Some cultures believe tat a vampire has to intentionally create you a vampire and a bite doesn't automatically make you one.... Lets argue to argue. It's fun.
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@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
26 Oct 06
That's an interesting myth solving strategy. Math. Although I don't think that it's really that important to prove that vampires don't exist. You'd think a professor would have something better do with his time.
• Netherlands
27 Oct 06
Yeah, but he has to get his name in the papers somehow and apparently this was the easy way to do it. :)