Vampires Are Mathematically Impossible

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Costas Efthimiou, a researcher at the University of Central Florida, has the very cool job of debunking pseudoscientific myths. His latest calculations showed the mathematical impossibility of vampires, in case you were concerned that they might be real (and apparently there are a frightening number of people who do believe in them).

According to a LiveScience article:

Efthimiou's debunking logic: On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600.  A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on.

He gets paid for logic like that. 

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