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The Top Ten Vampire Myths
Truth: If a vampire did spend the night in a coffin, it probably had nothing to do with sleeping preference. In the old days, many victims of vampire bites were interred while still in a vampiric coma. The truth is, vampires will sleep wherever they feel safe.
Garlic repels vampiresSource: Most likely based on observation.
Fact: Vampires have sensitive noses and can momentarily be driven off by pungent odors. However, this method of deterrence is unreliable and certainly won't work on an experienced vampire.
Crosses repel vampiresSource: Christian religion.
Fact: Crosses have no effect on vampires.
Vampires are killed by driving a stake through their heartSource: Christian religion.
Fact: Because their blood is circulated by skeletal muscles, vampires can easily survive injuries to the heart.
Vampires burst into flames upon exposure to sunlightSource: Most likely based on observations of a vampire's extreme reaction to sunlight
Fact: Sunlight renders vampires, with their hyperdilated irises, blind. It also causes neural pathways to fire randomly in the vampire brain, creating an extreme epileptic reaction. As dramatic as this reaction may appear, it will not be enough to start a fire.
Holy water burns the skin and flesh of vampiresSource: Christian religion.
Fact: Holy water, or any water for that matter, has little effect on vampires (although vampires can be drowned).
Vampires prey on virginal womenSource: A reflection of Victorian-era fears over the sexual awakening of young women.
Fact: While vampires have a stated preference for the taste of young blood, they are not particular as to which gender provides it.
Vampires can flySource: Observation of leaping vampires; association of vampires with bats.
Fact: While they do possess extraordinary leaping ability (vampires have been observed leaping over fences 20 feet high), vampires cannot fly.
Vampires turn into batsSource: Association of vampires with bats.
Fact: No, vampires cannot turn into bats.
Vampires are not visible in mirrorsSource: Christian religion. It was thought that a vampire, or any creature lacking a soul, would not produce a reflection in a mirror.
Fact: Vampires are visible in mirrors, although interestingly enough, they are often quite uncomfortable with their own reflections.