Monday, March 09, 2009

Ancient grave site shows evidence of vampire exorcism

Archaeologists sifting through a Black Plague-era grave site in Venice found a skull with a brick planted squarely in the jaw. (New Scientist) During the plague (late 1500s), "many people believed that the plague was spread by 'vampires' which, rather than drinking people's blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying." To keep the Plague from spreading, suspected vampires had a brick stuffed in their mouths after death.

This find reminds me of the importance of science. Thanks to science, we spend less time fighting disease by stuffing objects in dead people's mouths and more time
studying the genomes of disease viruses and looking for weaknesses in their structure to find vaccines, cures.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.