Werewolf-Vampire Connections

Before the dawn of our modern society, word of mouth was the main mode of transportation for information and stories. Anyone who has every tried to pass on a piece of information via word of mouth would know that this information often becomes jumbled and misconstrued. Some historians believe this process of orally passing along stories and information is what resulted in our current folklore of werewolves and vampires. But, did you know that some Medieval Europe societies believed there was a very strong connection between werewolves and vampires?

During the 19th century, the Greek culture would completely destroy the corpse of anyone believed to be a werewolf. If the corpse was not destroyed, they believed it would rise in the form of a vampiric wolf, which would stalk battlefields and drink the blood of dying soldiers. To save the lives of their soldiers, they had to destroy these beastly creatures and ensure that they never killed another soul. Now, it is one thing for a single culture to believe this notion, but it gets strange when other parts of the world follow it, too.

Werewolf, by Lucas Cranach der Ältere, 1512.

Werewolf, by Lucas Cranach der Ältere, 1512.

Around the same period of time as when the Greeks were destroying werewolf corpses, Germany, Poland, and parts of France were destroying the corpses of people who died in mortal sin. These countries believed that individuals who perished in this manner would come back as a blood-drinking wolf; however, unlike the Greeks, these countries viewed the wolf as an undead apparition, rather than a living creature. During the night it would stalk and hunt its prey, but when the sunlight returned, the creature would take on a human form, making it nearly impossible to discover the identity of the vampiric werewolf.

To destroy the corpse of a vampiric werewolf found in Germany, Poland, or France, priests were brought in to perform exorcisms. If that failed, decapitation with a spade was the next best option. Once the head was severed from the body, it was thrown into a river, where it would sink under the weight of its own sins, supposedly. If there was no river nearby, the same methods for disposing of a vampire would be used on the werewolf.

In Haitian culture, there is a belief in something very similar to the traditional European werewolf the j©-rouges. Resembling a wolf-man, these creatures stalk the Haitian landscape, looking for mothers of young children. Upon finding one, they daze the mother and ask her to willingly release the child into the custody of the j©-rouges. Differing from their European cousins, these werewolves actively spread their lycanthropic disease to as many individuals as possible, resembling a key trait of the traditional vampire.

If you are anything like me, you love werewolves and vampires, and now you can enjoy both of them together, like peanut butter and chocolate, but more horrifying.

Statistical Analysis of a Zombie Apocalypse

In 2009, led by Philip Munz, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa created an epidemiological analysis of an outbreak of undead zombies. The zombies in the study were based off the Living Deads slow-moving zombies, yet the findings of the study do not bode well for the human race. In fact, the study concluded that – unless dealt with quickly – all of human civilization would collapse. Every single home, business, city, and country would be consumed in a mass of thriving, swarming undead cadavers.

The Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead, by George A. Romero.

The authors of the study also concluded that offensive military strategies would be much more effective than attempting to quarantine the infection, as this would only serve to risk more human-to-zombie contact. However, the study did not definitively determine that a military strategy would work, or even save the human population. It would merely help to deter the constant consumption of the zombie horde.

Now, most zombie apocalypse stories often mention a cure, or a vaccine, for the zombie infection, so the study delved into this idea, too. The study discovered that a cure would do very little to slow the infection rate because the vaccinated individuals can still be consumed they simple cannot be turned. If anything, a vaccination would most likely assist with leaving some humans alive during the initial outbreak, yet their odds of surviving the whole zombie apocalypse would be extremely close to zero.

Viewing the zombie apocalypse as a whole, the researchers determined that every single human would be dead or turned by the end of it. Zombies simply have one thing that humans cannot combat: a population that grows with the death of every human. Where one human dies, a zombie most likely arises; regardless, that is one less player on our team. Neutralizing every zombie would be about as difficult as neutralizing a whole virus strain, like Measles, except it walks around and consumes your friends and family.

In addition, the survival of a generation of humans would only lead to a larger food source for the undead predators. By reproducing and attempting to continue our species, we would be fulfilling their basic need of hunger. If there ever was an example of Catch-22, this would be it.

Remember, this statistical data is all based off the zombies from the Living Dead. If someone reran this study with a different breed of zombies, we may see a whole new outcome for the zombie apocalypse. For now, though, I am happy right where I am zombie-free and not suffering from the fear of being eaten alive.

If you wish to read more about on the zombie apocalypse study, you can find it here: When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection. (Warning: PDF file.)

The Zombie Walk – An Event Massive Enough for Any Zombie Enthusiast

Whether you have ever wished to own a zombie costume, or simply love zombie lore, let’s be honest for a moment, zombies are one of the largest fads currently lurching its way through mainstream media. From books (WWZ, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and movies (Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombie Strippers, 28 Weeks Later) to comics (Marvel Zombies, Black Gas) and television shows (The Walking Dead), zombies are here to stay. With that said, have you ever felt envious at the sight of a massive zombie horde shuffling its way through the downtown cluster of cities? Have you ever wanted to cover yourself in the gore of human flesh and walk amongst your undead brethren? Fear not, my fellow cadaver, you are in luck, because you can live out this experience during a Zombie Walk, a massive gathering of blood-thirsty zombies.

Zombie Apocalypse

These zombies come from all around the globe in hopes of sending massive ripples of fright and shock throughout the media. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

As you can see, a Zombie Walk is a huge deal. People put on zombie makeup, they shred up their clothes, they get a bunch of zombie props, and they spend hours practicing their zombie shuffle. The best part? Besides the individuals participating in the Zombie Walk, no one even knows it is going to happen. Imagine walking down the street, or driving your car, and you suddenly find yourself swarmed by hundreds of lifelike zombies! Once the immediate panic has gone away, the sheer entertainment of it all is simply astonishing.

Becoming an actual zombie would be a terrible, terrible thing. The bite, the pain, the fever, the headaches, and then the death, it’s all a little too much to romanticize about. Instead, you can live out your fantasies with your friends, or even your family – (I actually have a friend whose parents dressed him up in a zombie child costume when he was younger). It is an event so massive, so horrifically insane that you simply have to experience it. And getting dressed up in a zombie costume is always a recipe for fun. Take, for example, this photo:

Zombie Kids

Regardless of age, dressing up like a zombie is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s thrashed, torn face.

If you feel that Halloween is still too far away, a Zombie Walk may be just the thing to cure your undead anxieties. I mean, why should you only be allowed to look horrific one night of the year? Life is too short for that kind of logic. So, gather up your friends, tell them all about the oncoming zombie apocalypse, and then find a Zombie Walk in your area of the world. You may be surprised to learn that one is happening pretty soon. Or, maybe you will take the initiative and start planning one out. Whatever you decide, have fun out there and be safe.

I’ve got a fever.

and the only prescription is….

MORE COWBELL!

COWBELL

I’m just saying.

I’ve been watching Saturday Night Live the Best of Christopher Walken and laughing my ass of for the past two days in a row.

One of the best skits ever features Christopher Walken as a producer during the band’s recording of “Fear the Reaper”.

Will Farrell does cowbell.

The only thing this article needs is more cowbell.

On that note…. choose your own cowbell in your favorite color and party on.

All that Cowbell must have made you thirsty….Oh Wow. woweewowwowwow. Please. Let me offer you. CHAMPAGNA. Please. champagna. It goes right down. Each bubble. It goes down like the story of your life. Enjoy”

Celebrity Tribute to Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Ballerina Adult Costume

Marilyn Monroe has to be one of the most emulated and copied figures of Hollywood. Celebrities look back to her style and classic beauty as a standard for the red carpet. Many have even replicated old photo shoots of her.

I’ve put together a bunch of images of celebs rocking the Monroe. Who do you think did it best?

If you think you can do it better then these celebs, FrightCatalog has you stacked for your next Marilyn tribute. Don’t forget the red lipstick!

Angelina, a classic beauty herself, is reminiscent of Marilyn here

Scarlett Johanson

Madonna has almost made a living off of rocking her own Marilyn style.

Britney Spears does her own take

Lindsay Lohan and her Marilyn tribute

Christina Aguilera rocks the Marilyn.

Anna Nicole Smith emulated Marilyn and tragically they both died young

Kelly Carlson from Nip/Tuck- one of the main reasons I ever watched the show. Her style was Marilyn in raw sex form. Three cheers for Kelly!

Katherina Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy sports the Marilyn hair and red lip stick for a red carpet event.

Jenna Jameson  hits the Marilyn dead on.

Cara Maria Hair.

You guys keep asking how I do my the dreads in my hair and how I do the beads and how I keep the red in.

Well

I’m going to make a video about all of that. It’s not as complicated as it looks.

Here are the steps to get you by before I air the tutorial:

1. Bleach the hair. Flash lightning kits 30 volume work best. Pick random piece of hair you want to be colored and bleach it til it turns the color of a banana peel.

2. Pravana CHROMASILK hair color. That’s the shit you use. I’m telling you. It LASTS and it’s cheap. And I like cheap.

Jack Sparrow Adult Scarf with Dreads: instant cara pirate. and it’s only temporary! Perhaps this is a better route?

3. Dreads? Take random hair from Claire’s or Hot Topic. The clip in stuff. I like it because it’s not real hair and it dreads after being washed a few times. I literally take the hair… and braid it into my own hair. That’s it! A simple braid! Secure with beads of your choice and elastics.

Care:

I wash my hair about once or twice a week. My hair doesn’t get oily or greasy looking. It looks bad when I wash it and looks good about the 4th day or so. That is just my hair type though. Everyone has different hair. You may need to wash it more or less depending.

Use SULFATE FREE shampoo because it helps the color last longer and keeps it brighter. I don’t wash the dreads but I scrub my scalp and roots and the shampoo and water runs through the dreads. I leave them in. They’ve been in for two years and counting. Good luck!

Devil Do Red Black Wig: Seriously- wigs are easily changeable and don’t do damage to your hair. Try this before you bleach and dye!

WARNING: This is a lot of damage to your hair. Seriously. Just try adding beads and braiding your Clip In extensions and just clip them in when you want them and take them out when you don’t. My dreads have been in so long that if I take them out I’ll be almost bald. You don’t want that. I used to use clip ins but then I realized I wanted them to be in 247 so I just sort of used metal wire and string to lock them in permanently. Dummy!

Blow Me.

Seriously. Blow me.

That’s the type of mood I am in today. As a result of this fantabulous mood… may I introduce you to a wonderful collection of items to blow.

3 Foot Sock Hop Inflatable Jukebox: Sunday Monday HAPPY DAYS! The only thing cooler would be if the thing actually played music. But you could get high enough from blowing it up that the pretty colors will be entertainment enough

Inflatable Basketball Cooler: It's basketball season right? He's got big balls! She's got big balls! But you've got the biggest balls of them all! Keep your beer cold and your friends impressed with your big balls.

Skeleton Inflatable Cooler: Touch my beer and I'll KEEL YOU!

I Dream Of Jeannie Bottle: Blow it. Rub it. But be careful or it could pop before your wishes come true.

Airblown Tabletop Birthday Cake: For when you want a special way of saying "Happy Birthday you fat cow! No cake for you!"

Foofa Standup: yeah... i don't get it either....

A Christmas Story Inflatable Lawn Leg Lamp: Careful! It's FRA-GIL-E! Main point is... the mom broad hated it in her window... so you can bet your wife will certainly kill you for putting it on the lawn. DO IT! DO IT!

Happy Birthday Britney!

Britney Spears turns 29 today… and honestly… what can I say that hasn’t been said?

Instead… I’ll say Happy Birthday Britney…. that’s it. Let’s remember the good times

Britney at the VMAs

Mega Star Costume : Now your child can be a Pop Slut too!

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Oh for the love of Britney

Latex Flesh Bald Head: nothing says “crazy” like shaving your head. Don’t forget the umbrella.

The height of insanity. This is one disturbing image.

Back to the sweet school girl gone bad in pigtails. The beginning.

How to fight a monster (CutThroat edition)

This is what the cut throat cast turns into after a couple of alcoholic beverages.

Picture this:

You are in a haunted mansion

No cable, no internet, no music, no freedom

Competing for hidden treasure

Surrounded by savages who will stop at nothing to break you down and send you packing.

How do you fight? In style of course (you know….embrace your inner nerd)!

Here are my weapons of choice to battle the house monsters:

1.

Power Rangers Blade Blaster: How bad ass will you look rocking the red ranger's blaster? However, it may only be useful enough to take out a few silly puttys... not enough to tackle the she-devils and the mega bitch. So onto the next one....

2.

VooDoo Skull Staff: Powerful enough to take on some of the dark energy in that haunted house... but you will need more power than this.... so onto the next...

3.

Obi Wan FX Light Sabor: YES! If it can take out the dark side... surely it can put a dent in the evil duo's cruel intentions? Alas. Even if the force is with you... it still may not be enough to battle the MEGA BITCHES.

4.

Harry Potter Magical Wand: It has defeated the greatest evils known to Hoggwards academy. Surely it can defeat the evil of the Mega Bitches? No. Alas their souls are far too gone. I think we need something a bit different, though the "wand" is on the right track...... next......

5. “If you keep chasing after stars that others tell you are bright,

You will never catch your own star, the one for you that is right.” - The Star of Happiness

The Star Wand: You don't need guns, swords, and voodoo spells to defeat the enemy. You need to let your own beautiful self shine through. The more people bring you down, the more kind you need to be. In the end... life will come full circle. Throughout my journey I just remembered a beautiful quote from my favorite book...."Within you is everything you will ever need, and I promise the journey is treasure indeed. If you ever feel run down or out of luck... Just remember to never, never give up"- The Star of Happiness

Anger Management- by Cara Maria

Hey Look- it’s Ayiiia! (same size too)

Watching the Challenge: Cut Throat on MTV sort of fires me up. Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall at school or work and hear all the crappy things people say about you when you aren’t around? I used to. Until I was cast on the show. Now every week I get to sit back and watch a verbal slew of Cara Crushing. Be careful what you wish for :(

Whenever I got pissed on the show… I would go out for a run. I’m not into confrontation. However, sometimes I get so angry that I feel like I need to hit something. It’s rare. But it happens. I’m sure it happens to you as well.

Now, let’s take out our anger in a more positive way.

Sometimes you get so angry, you attack the first thing you see…. and then you regret it. I’ve had an ex boyfriend break his cell phone in half because he was angry with me. Dumbass. I’ve known people to punch walls or break glasses etc. All you are left with is a broken or severely hurt hand and an expensive mess to clean.

Lovable Laurel

I offer you a solution. <— click that link. seriously.

You get to take out your aggression… and instead of a broken fist and broken glass… you get CANDY! I like candy!

It’s a win/win.

Stay tuned for Cut Throat every Weds on MTV 10/9c.

CM