Monday, May 5, 2008

More Pravda fun

As I have mentioned before, the Russian newspaper Pravda is utterly, completely batshit crazy. It is, without doubt, one of the most entertaining websites online. Some of the mind-boggling pieces I've come across in the last half-hour: "Men become impotent because of women's low-cut dresses and bare legs" (strippers, it turns out, are veritable weapons of mass destruction...), "Prayers indeed heal diseases, scientists say" (apparently, they've found the 'material mechanism of the divine phenomenon'...), and "Russian man lives normal life with a still heart" (no, really...).

Alas, the piece that looked like an absolute corker - "Vampires are proved to exist" - turned out to be short of crazy. Clearly, the headline writers went a bit overboard; the article itself takes the plausible view that vampire myths have their origins in the disease porphyria. Such a connection has been proposed by serious scholars, not only by crazy Russians. (See the also: Wikipedia's take on the connection).

1 comment:

  1. My favourite Pravda story ever.
    The last sentence is fantastic.