Reality bites

Simone and Ben are continuing their love affair with vampires.

I’ve got bad news for them… Vampires are mathematically impossible.

Problem solved.

Seriously, these researchers have conclusively demonstrated (PDF) that vampires would wipe out the human population in just two and a half years… It’s pretty similar to the zombie study I posted a while back.

Let us assume that a vampire need feed only once a month. This is certainly a highly conservative assumption given any Hollywood vampire film. Now two things happen when a vampire feeds. The human population decreases by one and the vampire population increases by one.

Sounds like a reasonable assumption right… Here’s the conclusion…

“We conclude that if the first vampire appeared on January 1st of 1600 AD, humanity would have been wiped out by June of 1602, two and half years later.”

It seems this study was deemed quite controversial by other mathematicians and an economist who argued that other factors should have been considered. You can read about that where I found it – here.

3 Comments Reality bites

  1. Leah

    “Now two things happen when a vampire feeds. The human population decreases by one and the vampire population increases by one.”

    There’s their faulty assumption. I always thought that, too. But I have been told by those far more knowledgeable on vampire mythology than I that when a vampire feeds, his prey dies and does not become a vampire. You must drink vampire blood to become a vampire yourself. Think Queen of the Damned.

    Still, vampires could have wiped out the population if they wanted to… if they even existed :P

  2. Amy

    And many vampires return over and over to the same person to feed, so obviously it isn’t killing them straight out.

    I love that this conversation can even be happening.

  3. simone r

    My extensive research tells me that vampires mostly just kill. In the movie I saw last night, only one new vampire was made, and she, by accident. It takes several twilight books/movies for another vampire to be made.

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