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Zombies have a complex literary heritage, with antecedents ranging from Richard Matheson and H. P. Lovecraft to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein drawing on European folklore of the undead. George A. Romero's reinvention of the monster for his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead led to several zombie films in the 1980s and a resurgence of popularity in the 2000s. The English word "zombie" is first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of "zombi".[3] The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, and compares it to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi (fetish). Folk beliefs[edit] Haitian tradition[edit] It has been suggested that the two types of zombie reflect soul dualism, a belief of Haitian Vodou. The Haitian zombie phenomenon first attracted widespread international attention during the United States occupation of Haiti (1915 - 1934), when a number of case histories of purported "zombies" began to emerge. The actor T. Related:  Zombie History

The Serpent and the Rainbow (book) The Serpent and the Rainbow is a book written by ethnobotanist and researcher Wade Davis and published in 1985. He investigated Haitian Vodou and the process of making zombies. He studied ethnobotanical poisons, discovering their use in a reported case of a contemporary zombie, Clairvius Narcisse. The book presents the case of Clairvius Narcisse, a man who had been a zombie for two years, as showing that the zombification process was more likely the result of a complex interaction of tetrodotoxin, a powerful hallucinogenic plant called Datura, and cultural forces and beliefs.[1] In the book, Davis does not suggest that the zombie powder containing tetrodotoxin was used for maintaining "mental slaves", but for producing the initial death and resurrection that convinced the victims and those who knew them that they had become zombies.

Draugr "Sea-troll" of modern Scandinavian folklore as depicted by the Norwegian painter Theodor Kittelsen The draugr or draug (Old Norse: draugr, plural draugar; modern Icelandic: draugur, Faroese: dreygur and Norwegian, Swedish and Danish draugen), also called aptrganga, literally "again-walker" (Icelandic: afturganga) is an undead creature from Norse mythology, a subset of Germanic mythology. The Old Norse meaning of the word is a revenant. "The will appears to be strong, strong enough to draw the hugr [animate will] back to one's body. Draugar live in their graves, often guarding treasure buried with them in their burial mound. A cognate is Old English: dréag "apparition, ghost".[2] Irish: dréag or driug, meaning "portent, meteor", is borrowed from either Old English or the Old Norse.[3] Traits[edit] Draugar possess superhuman strength, can increase their size at will, and carry the unmistakable stench of decay. The draugr's victims were not limited to trespassers in its howe. Folklore[edit]

The Identical Twins - Humour - Home > Humour Joe and John were identical twins. Joe owned an old dilapidated boat and kept pretty much to himself. Unbeknownst to him, his brother John's wife died suddenly. A kind old neighbor woman mistook him for John and said: "I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe, thinking she was talking about his boat said: "Hell no! She had a bad crack in the back and a pretty big hole in the front too. I guess what finally finished her off was when I rented her to those four guys looking for a good time. The old woman fainted. Contact us «The Bridegroom Fisherman | The Naked Car Crash» The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' George A. Romero says zombies are just the disaster in his films. "My stories are more about the humans," he explains. Romero's latest project is a comic book called Empire of the Dead. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images George A. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Director George A. Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's The Walking Dead continues to kill it in the ratings. Romero went on to direct another five films in the zombie canon — most recently 2009's The Survival of the Dead. Interview Highlights On zombies, humans, and, worst of all, vampires In my work, [it's] usually the humans that are the worst. ... On what was going on in the U.S. when Night of the Living Dead came out in the late '60s We shot it in '67, but it was right in that period ... where there was all that anger, you know race-riots coming up. ... I really didn't want to make another zombie film.

Glámr Glámr The following story is found in the Gretla, an Icelandic Saga, composed in the thirteenth century, or that comes to us in the form then given to it; but it is a redaction of a Saga of much earlier date. Most of it is thoroughly historical, and its statements are corroborated by other Sagas. The following incident was introduced to account for the fact that the outlaw Gretter would run any risk rather than spend the long winter nights alone in the dark. At the beginning of the eleventh century there stood, a little way up the Valley of Shadows in the north of Iceland, a small farm, occupied by a worthy bonder, named Thorhall, and his wife. Not a herdsman would remain with him; he bribed, he threatened, entreated, all to no purpose; one shepherd after another left his service, and things came to such a pass that he determined on asking advice at the next annual council. “I do not care about his wits so long as he can look after sheep,” answered Thorhall. “Will you come with me?”

Schedule your own Movie Madness! With movie ticket prices reaching $10 and beyond in most theaters, moviegoers are in an awkward position these days. No one should ever have to fork over $10 to the evil MPAA just to see 85 minutes of whatever Hollywood is currently peddling as entertainment. So what is the avid, but principled, moviegoer to do? Movie Madness is the answer. However, constructing an efficient schedule is difficult at best, even for the most advanced Movie-Madnessers. Undertaking a Movie Madness is not recommended for pregnant or elderly persons. For more background, see this informative interview with Jeremy and Greg by Mobile Madness: Check out GamerSoft's free Android app for movie scheduling: Movie Marathon -- inspired by Movie Madness! CAVEAT Many movie theaters are not suitable for a Movie Madness. Yahoo does not endorse this. Powered by OKWS.

A History of 'Real' Zombies Zombies are all the rage these days — on television, in movies, books and now in the news. Of course zombies aren’t new — they were co-opted decades ago by pop culture, especially in George Romero’s 1968 classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead. Or were they? Actually, notes Blake Smith, zombie aficionado and co-host of the monster-themed MonsterTalk podcast, “Though many people think of Night of the Living Dead as being all about zombies, Romero never called them zombies; he wanted them to be ghouls. The public called them zombies, so the name stuck.” NEWS: Did Zombies Roam Medieval Ireland? Though many people treat the current “zombie apocalypse” as a fun pop culture meme, it’s important to realize that some people believe zombies are very real. Unlike today's malevolent movie zombies, the original Haitian zombies were not villains but victims. DNEWS NUGGETS: Zombie Prankster Almost Shot So are zombies real? Scientific Evidence for Zombies? NEWS: Deadly Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies

Almas (cryptozoology) The Almas (Mongolian: Алмас/Almas, Bulgarian: Алмас, Chechen: Алмазы, Turkish: Albıs), Mongolian for "wild man", is a purported hominid cryptozoological species reputed to inhabit the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains of central Asia, and the Altai Mountains of southern Mongolia.[1] The creature is not currently recognized or cataloged by science. Furthermore, scientists generally reject the possibility that such mega-fauna cryptids exist, because of the improbably large numbers necessary to maintain a breeding population,[2] and because climate and food supply issues make their survival in reported habitats unlikely.[3] Almas is a singular word in Mongolian; the properly formed Turkic plural would be 'almaslar'.[4] As is typical of similar legendary creatures throughout Central Asia, Russia, Pakistan and the Caucasus, the Almas is generally considered to be more akin to "wild people" in appearance and habits than to apes (in contrast to the Yeti of the Himalayas). Tjutjuna Notes

Do The Math: 8 Reasons Harry Potter Is Greater Than Twilight Let me preface this by saying that I didn’t mind the first Twilight movie. It wasn’t art, didn’t have much to say, but it was dumb fun aimed at getting little girls’ body temperatures all warm, and I thought it was pretty amusing. Girls in the same row as me quoted lines that they knew would be recited on screen, they giggled at the sight of Edward, sighed at that really terrible “And then the lion fell in love with the lamb” line. Yet, somehow, I walked out fairly entertained. But then the Harry Potter comparisons started rolling out. So how is Potter better than Twilight? Christian Undertones > Christian Overtones It’s more than well known that Stephanie Meyer comes from a Mormon background. Dweebs > Emos Harry Potter fans and Twilight fans generally come from two very different worlds. Hogwarts > Forks There is no part of me that doesn’t believe that Hogwarts exists. Fairy Tales > Teen Tales One of the most important tools in the arts of literature and film is allusion. Hermione > Bella

Zombies: The Real Story of the Undead From "World War Z" to "The Walking Dead" to "Shaun of the Dead" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and countless brain-dead rip-offs, zombies — re-animated corpses with an unstoppable craving for human flesh, especially brains — have invaded pop culture like never before. For staggering, slow-moving monsters, zombies have become quite a force in the entertainment industry over the past decade. Zombies on the march in a scene from "Night of the Living Dead." Though George Romero's 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" is often considered to be the original modern zombie film, the first actually appeared nearly 40 years earlier in "White Zombie," starring Béla Lugosi as an evil voodoo priest in Haiti who zombifies a beautiful young woman. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "zombie" first appeared in English around 1810 when historian Robert Southey mentioned it in his book "History of Brazil." Voodoo or science? Video no longer available Related: Further reading:

List of legendary creatures This is a list of legendary creatures from various historical mythologies. Entries include species of legendary creature and unique creatures, but not individuals of a particular species. A[edit] B[edit] C[edit] D[edit] E[edit] F[edit] G[edit] H[edit] I[edit] J[edit] K[edit] L[edit] M[edit] N[edit] O[edit] P[edit] Q[edit] R[edit] S[edit] T[edit] U[edit] V[edit] W[edit] X[edit] Y[edit] Z[edit] See also[edit] Arts, design blog » Post Topic » Photoshoped Movies (part I) Arts, design blog Arts, design. Photos and drawings of different authors Home Photoshopped Movies (part I) artist in Creative Tags: Photoshoped+Movies, Photoshop Share this: 86 Responses to “Photoshopped Movies (part I)” Subscribes to this topic Comment RSS or TrackBack URL The Gladiator shot with the mic stand is hilarious! Tyendor said in December 5th, 2008 at 1:39 pm Very funny, Didnt get all of them, But still very funny. also… <..> first. Stone said in December 5th, 2008 at 9:38 pm batman > spiderman persiaprince said in December 5th, 2008 at 10:30 pm very nice work anu said in December 6th, 2008 at 8:27 am This so great! Roberto said in December 6th, 2008 at 2:29 pm OMG HA~!! Pebbles said in December 6th, 2008 at 5:32 pm Got to love StumbleUpon…you always find great gems like this. Taylor said in December 7th, 2008 at 4:18 am funny ::especially potter ones, but what am i missing on pulp fiction `i dont see anything` jamwan55 said in December 7th, 2008 at 7:26 am Absolutely fantastic. These are so cool!

Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC : Code Switch A still from the 1943 film I Walked With A Zombie. RKO/The Kobal Collection hide caption itoggle caption RKO/The Kobal Collection A still from the 1943 film I Walked With A Zombie. RKO/The Kobal Collection Each week, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. "Who doesn't like zombies?" That was the subject line of an email blast that landed in my inbox recently from a major online retailer as it announced it was "bringing their Black Friday deals back to life." With shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, plus a whole literary subgenre known simply as "zombie lit," the supernatural beings have been having a pop culture moment for some time now. While there's a long history and fascination with animated corpses in American literature and cinema, zombies aren't originally a product of the American imagination.

Family tree of the Greek gods Greek cosmological entities Essential Olympians and Titans The essential Olympians' names are given in bold font. See also List of Greek mythological figures Notes References External links Media related to Family trees of Greek mythology at Wikimedia Commons