Researchers debate ‘vampire’ remains

Vampire remains of Venice have sparked a scientific debate in Italy, as some feel a corpse found with a brick in its mouth was evidence of an exorcism. Other scientists, however, discount the theory as sensationalism.

The “vampire” remains, found in Nuovo Lazzaretto, Venice was among other bodies in a mass grave of 16th century plague victims. Researchers suspect that gravediggers at the time thought vampires existed because one corpse of a woman had a brick shoved into its jaw. The rock could have been used to prevent the bones from chewing through the shroud and biting others.

One thing is for sure- there’s no such thing as vampires. A University of Central Florida physics professor, Costas Efthimiou, debunked the claim with mathematics.

Jan. 1, 1600, the population of the world was 536,870,911. By his calculations, if one vampire bit one person a month- who would then be turned into a vampire themselves- there would be two vampires by February. Four would be around by March, eight by April, and so on. In only 2-and-a-half years, every human on earth would be a vampire.

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