It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire.
Archaeologists conducting restoration work at Tokat Castle in Northern Turkey say they discovered the dungeons where Wallachian Prince Vlad III—the inspiration for literature's most famous vampire, Dracula—was held captive in the early 15th century.
Estonian researchers believe the remains of Vlad III — aka Vlad the Impaler and the inspiration for Dracula — are buried in a church in Naples, Italy. But to prove it they may have to open his tomb — which sounds like an extraordinarily bad idea.
Not a dream! Not a hoax! Last night's episode of Da Vinci's Demons pit Leonardo against Vlad the Impaler, and our hero's usual scheming and quipping isn't quite as successful as he hoped. Spoilers ahead.
You probably knew that Mormons can baptize people who are already dead — but you probably didn't know quite how many historical figures the Mormon religious leaders have managed to baptize over the years.
If you're not watching Spike TV's military pseudo-science show — which pits combatants from different eras against each other using recreations, weapons experts, and computers — then next Tuesday's the time to tune in: it's vamp-daddy against strategy-daddy!