Vrykolakas: the greek bloodless Vampire.

The “undead dead” have always been an interesting aspect of global folklore. Many cultures seem to have at least a few popular creatures or mythic beings that are near to a Vampire. However, each culture seems to have its own “version” on the common creature. I didn’t know the Greek Vrykolakas, whose journey from human to vampire, and their life afterwards, is really interesting. While most vampire legends tend to involve drinking human blood as part of the mythos, in Greece, it does not. A person doesn’t become a Vrykolakas…

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The Battle of the Somme: the bloodiest day in British military history

The First World War Battle of the Somme began on this day, July 1, 1916. It was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history and the worst ever for the British army. About 19,240 men died on that first day, an incredible report of one killed every five seconds. Trench warfare along the western front in France had been going on for nearly two years, locking in stalemate the Germans on one side and the French and British on the other. The front had hardly moved but for a…

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#TodayInHistory – July 1

July 1 – Some important events on this day. 69 👉🏼 Roman General Vespasian is first proclaimed Emperor by troops in Egypt, during year of the four emperors 1569 👉🏼 Latvian Parliament accepts Union of Lublin, incorporate into Poland 1689 👉🏼 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu, Japan 1858 👉🏼 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society 1858 👉🏼 1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent) 1863 👉🏼 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania;…

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