Pretty Much Everyone Is Related to Dracula

Conveniently timed with the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," some industrious genealogists discovered that (kind-of) vampire star Robert Pattinson is related to the notorious Vlad "Dracula" the Impaler. Basically, Pattinson's family is related to the British royal family by a marriage in the 16th century. In turn, the British royal family can claim descent from Dracula's brother Vlad...

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Robin Hood -- Mythical Vigilante or Just a Hood?

Kristin Romey is an anthropologist, explorer, former executive editor of Archeology Magazine and, most prestigiously, Asylum's scientific adviser. Robin Hood, with his stick-it-to-the-man attitude and posse of Merry Men, has been a favorite Hollywood character for almost a century now. Regardless of his various film incarnations -- which include an animated fox, a softcore swashbuckler, and a...

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The Real Kraken -- Paleontology Explains the Creatures From Ancient Myths

The Kraken, the Cyclops and gorgons -- the ancient Greeks were pretty creative when it came to the fearsome creatures that terrorized human beings in their myths. But these sea monsters, one-eyed giants, and topless snake-ladies that turned people into stone weren't simply cooked up by a bunch of drunk Greeks. ("Yo, check it out -- what if the monster was, like, 30 temples tall and had, like,...

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Why Are Werewolves More Badass Than Vampires?

The tween-girl swoon fest that is "Twilight" featured a sensitive, hipster, prom-attending vampire (Robert Pattinson) battling it out with his grungy, more bloodthirsty cousins. The "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon," due in theaters on November 20, introduces a much more interesting creature into the sexy-monster mix: the werewolf. While werewolves have been caught in embarrassing cinematic...

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5 Reasons You Can Stop Worrying About the World Ending in 2012

Well, you have to give it up for the Mayans, ye ancient people who some folks believe have predicted the end of the world in 2012. Earth may have survived Y2K, but after the subsequent wild ride of catastrophic terrorist attacks, wars, global economic collapse, killer flu pandemics, and the Gosselins, those crafty ancient Mesoamericans were prescient enough to make sure that their calendar will...

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Looking Back at 'Year One' -- Did Sodom Really Exist?

SODOM! The name evokes an act that's probably still illegal in a few states, as well as the main setting for Jack Black and Michael Cera's new movie "Year One", in which our bumbling barbarians flail around the desert den of vice in order to a) zing some butt-sex jokes, b) save their lady friends and c) tell some more butt-sex jokes. Director Harold Ramis tells Asylum that he had no problem...

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Real Archaeologist Digs Up Fact, Fiction of 'Angels & Demons'

Kristin Romey is an anthropologist, explorer, former executive editor of Archeology Magazine and, most prestigiously, Asylum's scientific adviser. Like we've said before, taking potshots at the scientific inaccuracies of Hollywood blockbusters that attempt to incorporate real history is as easy as poking fun at the ShamWow guy. But there are some truly scary realities in "Angels & Demons,"...

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Real Vampires Through History -- Real Bloody, Real Gruesome

If your only reference point for vampires came during the last 50 years or so, you'd probably think they're sexy and charming. But behind the "Twilight" book series and new movie, behind the Kate Beckinsales and Brad Pitts of the entertainment world, is a pretty gruesome -- and very real -- history that is decidedly less sexy than the creators of the slinky type-o negative vamps on the silver...

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