7 Replies to “Me Not Monster…Me Enthusiast.”

  1. Counting

    I’ve always been amused by the fact that although the Count on Sesame Street is apparently unbothered by sunlight, he does have the peculiar ‘counting’ compulsion Eastern European vampires suffer from. According to folklore (and I learned this from a collge class on “The Occult in Literature”, where the teacher, Flora Zbar, was an advisor to the police on occult cases), if you put millet or poppy seeds on the ground outside your window, a vampire will be forced to count all of them, and if you leave enough of them, the thinking is that he will hopefully do it until the sun comes up.

    Likewise, in Chinese myth states that if a vampire comes across a sack of rice, s/he will have to count all of the grains.

    This counting compulsion was also featured on a fifth season episode of the X-Files titled Bad Blood, and gets some play in the Discworld novel, “Carpe Jugulum” by Terry Pratchett.

  2. Re: Counting

    It was also featured (brilliantly, in fact) in the otherwise craptastic sequel to “Dracula 2000”, “Dracula II: Ascension.”

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    AND… guess what other creatures are confounded by counting and often trapped by similar machinations?

    That’s right! Faeries!


  4. This was indeed very funny. Elmo is the devil, btw. He’s red, he gets under your skin, he has an evil scheme to take over the world. He even causes fighting every holiday season. Just sayin.

  5. Re: Counting

    And the comedy vampires episode of the X-Files, where Mulder defends himself with a bag of sunflower seeds.

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