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October 31, 2006

Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit


Giving in to the temptation to offer up one's precious vitae to even the most fetching vampire is a bad idea in terms of geometric progression. Or so a scientist says (via Andrew Coyne).

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.

And if vampires reproduced several times per night - instead of once per month (?) - in a fortnight or two there would be more vampires than there are atoms in the known universe. This is, of course, so much Malthusian nonsense propagated by the global vamping lobby. Claim me, my dark queen!

In related news: An innocent search for knowledge strays into saucy gothic burlesque photography. It is not as if my browser gravitates toward this sort of material.

Propeller Beanie Upon Him Update: The Hallowe'en costume of the year.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 31, 2006 06:47 AM


Don't these people read Anne Rice? The dark gift is rarely bestowed upon victims. There are rules, you know!

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2006 09:46 AM

Don't forget this very striking Zombie Conquest Simulator!

Posted by: Christopher Ross [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2006 09:15 PM

Zombies are a different story than vampires. Let the brain-eaters get a toe-hold and we are done for.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 31, 2006 10:53 PM

Yeah Vamps ain't stupid; zombies are by definition dumb.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2006 05:17 AM

Well, I know which one I'd rather be, that's for sure.

Posted by: Christopher Ross [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2006 01:21 PM