On May 22, 2011 a tornado punished Joplin, a town of 50k in Southwest Missouri (USA) killing 161, injuring 1150 and inflicting nearly $3 billion worth of damage.
Over three years later, as the people of Joplin continue to rebuild their lives and broken hearts, one aspect of the nightmare is gladly remembered and celebrated.
In the wake of destruction, as the children who endured the storm began telling family and friends the stories of their experiences, many of them told of the same, bizarre account…
There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?
The Butterfly Effect, coined by mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz is the belief that minute insignificant details in a system can eventually result in large differences within that system. For example, the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado in Kansas.
Sounds incredibly far-fetched I know, but there is scientific evidence that lends credence to the ‘the Butterfly Effect’.