Should we believe our eyes?
via io9.com Was Nicolas Cage a vampire during the Civil War? This $1,000,000 photograph holds the answers
Do you sit around wondering if the fellow née Nicolas Kim Coppola is an immortal Confederate soldier who feasts on human blood?
Then have I got an eBay purchase for you, pilgrim!
Behold this recent auction titled “Nicolas Cage is a Vampire / Photo from 1870 / Tennessee”:Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage.
Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.
This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated in Photoshop or any other graphics program.
It’s an original photo of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.I’ve had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this.
As followers of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography – images of dead people – from the 1800s.
This photo was found in the very back of album that contained an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified by name – this man was not.
Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.
Guaranteed to be an original 1860s-70s photograph and not a modern reproduction, copy or photo manipulation.
Cage has dabbled in vampirism before and is a man to speak in phantasmagoric riddles, so Nosferatuness isn’t a total improbability. Read more
What do you think?
Is it him or not?
Nicolas Cage is a vampire?
This obsession with vampires and zombies is not new.
The people of 8th century Ireland were afraid of zombies, too
via io9.com What’s the best way to keep the dead from un-deadifying?
Sure, these days we do it by bashing their brains in — but back in the 8th century, people did it by ramming a rock between their teeth.
A team of researchers led by archaeologist Chris Read recently discovered two skeletons at a burial sight in Ireland with large stones jammed forcefully between their jaws.
“One of them was lying with his head looking straight up.
A large black stone had been deliberately thrust into his mouth,” said Read, head of Applied Archaeology at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland.
“The other had his head turned to the side and had an even larger stone wedged quite violently into his mouth so that his jaws were almost dislocated.”
When Read and his colleagues first unearthed the curious remains, their initial guess was that that the stones had been placed as a preventive measure against vampires, who were once believed to be capable of spreading the plague by gnawing on their burial shrouds.
But the skeletons were dated to the 700s — which would put the dates of their burials about 800 years prior to the widespread emergence of vampirism in European myths.
In this case, the stones in the mouth might have acted as a barrier to stop revenants from coming back from their graves,” explained Read.
Revenants (which is just an awesome way of saying zombies) were believed to be capable of coming back to life and seeking revenge on members of the living. But in order to do so, their bodies required the spark of reanimation:”
[The mouth] was viewed as the main portal for the soul to leave the body upon death,” explains Read. “Sometimes, the soul could come back to the body and re-animate it or else an evil spirit could enter the body through the mouth and bring it back to life. Read more
In a passage in his epic poem The Giaour (1813), Lord Byron alludes to the traditional folkloric conception of the vampire as a being damned to suck the blood and destroy the life of its nearest relations:
- But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
- There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims ere they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.
But . . .
If you are Keanu Revees no need to worry,
You are already immortal.