Happy Halloween

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Halloween is my favorite holiday — bar none. It has all of the candy and decorations but none of the stress of Christmas.

Blending my Romanian heritage with my love of science, I want to share an article I just read:

VAMPIRES ARE A MATHEMATICAL IMPOSSIBILITY.

Efthimiou’s debunking logic: 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.

If mortality rates were taken into consideration, the population would disappear much faster. Even an unrealistically high reproduction rate couldn’t counteract this effect.

That may be true, but I still intend to curl up with some of the candy swiped from by 5-year old son’s tricks-or-treat bag tonight and watch the Frank Langella version of Dracula.

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