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'Tis the season and all that, so I thought it might be nice to share these with you. Courtesy of ar_boblad, about 15 years ago now I guess it must have been. Où sont les vampires d'antan?
  • A crossbow bolt through the heart will stake a vampire.
  • Cut off the feet of someone killed by undead, and they will not be able to walk if they become undead themselves.
  • Dreams about vampires signify a poor harvest.
  • Adulteresses will go deaf within the year.
  • If you see a bat you should pray. This makes it fall asleep, then you rip its wings off.
  • Vampires sleep with their eyes open.
  • Holding ghouls under water under a bridge is the only way to kill them permanently.
  • He who drinketh of alcohol then partaketh in the potato will surely suffer.
  • A vampire can’t stand at a crossroads.
  • A marriage on the first day of a century will produce love for eternity.
  • Bury each tooth of a werewolf separately and under trees. If two teeth are together they can still bite.
  • Dreams about a full moon signify change.
  • Push a vampire down a well then sprinkle ashes down it and the vampire will implode.
  • Hop on a grave and the person buried there will haunt you until your death.
  • Never hold a funeral before 2 pm or disaster will befall you.
  • Werewolves never get struck by lightning.
  • Mime infuriates the undead.
  • If you see a ghoul and it turns to stare at your heart you will die within a fortnight.
  • Dreams about poor harvests signify vampires.
  • If you see a black cat spit on it or bad luck will be yours.
  • A door made of yew wood can’t be opened by a werewolf.
  • Fresh sap on your hands can stop a ghoul’s approach.
  • Werewolves can be killed by normal means on a new moon.
  • A spike on your roof stops a vampire bat landing on it.
  • If you get cut by a vampire’s fangs, wash it in holy water then hold a candle over it.
  • Sprinkle a powdered ghoul’s thumbnail onto a field and it will flourish for five years.
  • Open a ghoul’s grave at precisely noon and it won’t trouble you for as long as you live. (Or was it that it will trouble you?)
  • Dreams about potatoes signify death.
(Unfortunately, most of these turned out to be inaccurate.)

Do you have any good ones to add to the list?



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2nd Nov, 2012 12:03 (UTC)
If you see a black cat spit on it or bad luck will be yours.

It's not been a great year, but I don't think I can bring myself to start doing this to Zen yet...
2nd Nov, 2012 12:10 (UTC)
We've got a neighbour one who keeps trying to come in the back of the house, but he moves too fast. Water-pistol might be the job.
2nd Nov, 2012 12:26 (UTC)
There was a neighbouring cat who got into the habit of bashing at my bedroom window at night to annoy the Cleo sleeping on my bed (and incidentally also me). I took to sleeping with a tiny waterpistol (presumably an ex-cracker "fancy") on my bedside table and after a couple of interactions the cat got the message.

Not sure it is a universal solution (there's a chemistry joke here somewhere) as my two seem to love getting wet through. Fortunately, they also love being wrapped up in towels.
2nd Nov, 2012 14:24 (UTC)
Of ours, one is of that water- and towel-loving type, the other definitely not. Maybe it's a genetic heritage thing.
2nd Nov, 2012 13:04 (UTC)
He who drinketh of alcohol then partaketh in the potato will surely suffer.

Well yes, because they both dehydrate you. How is this "related" to vampires?
2nd Nov, 2012 13:49 (UTC)
*Potatoes* cause dehydration? First I knew of it!
2nd Nov, 2012 13:54 (UTC)
Not to imply there's anything chemical about it. It's purely that they're capable of soaking up large quantities of water. same as any other dense, relatively dry food.
2nd Nov, 2012 13:58 (UTC)
Not to mention the large amount of salt that usually comes with the potato recipes generally associated with drinking alcohol...
2nd Nov, 2012 14:22 (UTC)
Best to take all of the above with at least a pinch of salt, really.
2nd Nov, 2012 14:47 (UTC)
I'm afraid that still surprises me, given they're over 50% water - even as chips - and I doubt Transylvanians are particularly inclined to eating raw Smash.
2nd Nov, 2012 14:21 (UTC)
Only in the sense that stake goes with chips, as it turned out.
6th Nov, 2012 10:31 (UTC)
My first thought was that it was a mistranslation of some kind, and that it should have warned against drinking of alcohol made from potatoes.

Next time I run an RPG involving vampires, I might well make blessed poteen a usable weapon against them... a potent weapon, if you will.
6th Nov, 2012 14:52 (UTC)
I will! Could also be source of great cheesy kiss-off lines, along the lines of "he's had his chips", "nice smoking jacket", etc.
2nd Nov, 2012 13:28 (UTC)
If you leave a tool unused for a year it will draw blood next time you touch it.
2nd Nov, 2012 14:22 (UTC)
Nice, I like that one. Suggests a moral dimension as well as a practical one.
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