questionswhy can't vampires see themselves in the mirror?

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@moondrake: what's up with that? MOM SAYS I'M A GOOD DRIVER

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@moondrake: I've always liked the supernatural/horror stuff for a while as well. I haven't seen Shadow of the Vampire but I'll have to see if I can find it anywhere, as Netflix won't stream it :-(

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@captainsuperdawg: I haven't read that one but I have read lots of vampire stuff. I liked vampires before vampires were cool. Long before Anne Rice started writing about them, back when Hammer films were the definitive genre material. I do like the modern sexy vampires (Damon Salvatore, Eric Northman) but the old fashioned ones are cool, too. Have you seen Shadow of the Vampire? It's a great tongue in cheek sendup about the filming of the 1922 German classic Nosferatu--wherein actor Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) is a real vampire and director Friedrich Murnao (John Malkovitch) is placating the old monster by feeding him actors after their scenes are done.

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I always took it as a way of helping them hunt. If you can't be seen in a mirror, then the only way to be seen is to actually be faced by your potential prey.

@moondrake: I've also seen the part about counting things. Have you read The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing by any chance? That's where I saw it. It does make you wonder about The Count on Sesame Street. Maybe he's evil!!!

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Because they're blind.

No, wait, I'm thinking of umpires...

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Also, what about Morbius, the Living Vampire?

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Vampires must have souls, or the Ghost Rider Penance Stare wouldn't work on them. DUH!

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@politicsisevil: So, vampires all have OCD. Who knew? And no treatment, because clinics are only open in the daytime.

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@moondrake: Oddly enough, they are supposed to have to untie every knot they come across as well...

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I think they have it wrong. Every vampire I have ever known could see him/herself in a mirror.

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@inkycatz: LOL You get my vote for BEST ANSWER!

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Vampires also cannot cross running water as they are unclean, and they are fearful of red roses. This is due to an old belief that all roses were originally white, and they were stained with Christ's blood making them red. Here's another odd bit of vampire lore: In some vampire myths, it is thought that if you throw a handful of seeds in a vampire's path he must stop to collect and count them. What's up with that?

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Because vampires don't exist.

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@moondrake: Thank you! For both answers. Your vamp/mirror theory is a good one, and that link made me chuckle.

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For the same reason that they can't enter without an invitation - because it's required by the plot.

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@moondrake: Wow, thanks for sharing that link. I didn't realize the "Dog has Souls" was so controversial.

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On the subject of the canine soul, here's a hilarious oldie goldie. It wasn't a real sign war, but it's still pretty danged funny.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2271155/posts

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@thumperchick: Okay, even if dogs had souls, I mentioned that I can also see my dining room table in the mirror (I knew someone would bring up this point so I had to add that to my question).

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In the old days, mirrors were made by affixing a glass sheet to a silver backing. Silver is thought to be a pure metal and is the bane of many supernatural creatures. Vampires couldn't be seen in mirrors because they silver would not reflect them. Vampires ought to be visible in modern mirrors. The clothes thing is a good logical question, but nitpicking at superstition is a pointless endeavor. And if any creature has a soul, dogs most certainly do.

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Who says dogs don't have souls?