Vampires are purported to live forever, barring any type of attempt to kill them. Legend has it that a vampire can only be killed if it's stabbed through the heart with a stake, shot through the heart with a silver bullet, burned, beheaded or exposed to sunlight, although vampires are also intolerant of garlic, holy water and crucifixes.Know More
According to popular belief among vampire enthusiasts, vampires drink blood from the living and hunt them under the cover of darkness. The vampire sucks the blood from the necks of its victims using its fangs, leaving behind the telltale two puncture holes in the victim.
Vampires are said to be able to take the form of a wolf or bat, a feature that allows them to take their victims by surprise. It is said that vampires have unparalleled strength and can be detected by their inability to cast a reflection in a mirror. Most vampires in popular culture sleep in coffins during the day while the mortal world is awake.
The original allure of the vampire is linked to the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, who was also known as Vlad the Impaler. It is widely believed that Bram Stoker's Dracula character was based on Tepes. Researchers think that older versions of vampires were actually references to demonic entities.Learn more about Folklore
Robin Hood, a legendary outlaw of British folklore, lived in Nottingham, England. The legend of Robin Hood, a hero who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, has existed in Britain since at least the 15th century.Full Answer >
The authors of most influential versions of "Little Red Riding Hood" are Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Perrault published his version in 1729, while the Brothers Grimm published their version, called "Little Red Cap," in 1812.Full Answer >
The Jack Sprat of the famous nursery rhyme about eating fat and lean is likely not a real person. Rather, the content of the rhyme seems related to the contrast between two people who like dramatically different things and yet complement each other because of these differences.Full Answer >
Mother Goose was not a real person, so there cannot accurately be said to be a "real" Mother Goose; most of the stories that are attributed to Mother Goose are folktales with indeterminate specific origins. Even so, there are a few different origin stories that point to a supposed "real" Mother Goose, including one that says an eighth century French queen was the real deal, but there is no real evidence to support the idea that these stories are true. In fact, the concept of a Mother Goose figure likely didn't emerge until closer to the 17th century, and the first person to publish a volume of the folktales and fairy stories commonly attributed to Mother Goose was actually a human man, not a mother or a goose.Full Answer >