Connect with us

Science

Antique vampire-slaying kit up for auction. Bible, crucifix and pistol included. – Livescience.com

When vampires come calling, it’s important to be prepared

Published

on

post featured image

An antique, brass-trimmed wooden box holds all the tools that you might require in order to slay a vampire
, including a 19th-century bible, crucifixes and a pistol. 
This “vampire-slaying kit” is estimated to be worth about $2,500 to $3,700 (£2,000 to £3,000) according to Hansons Auctioneers
in Derbyshire, England, which is taking bids on the box beginning July 21.
Lined with crimson silk, the inside of the lid is decorated with an oval enamel painting showing Christ’s resurrection. Next to that painting is an ivory carving of a wolf wearing a hooded robe and carrying rosary beads (though it is uncertain if the contents of the box are also suitable for dispatching werewolves
, as the auction listing only mentions vampires).
Related: 7 strange ways humans act like vampires
Inside the box are eight compartments holding: a copy of the New Testament published in 1842; a knife with a silver blade; a percussion cap pocket pistol; pliers, crucifixes and rosary beads; a vial with a metal lid — “contents unknown;” and a small bottle containing sharks’ teeth, according to the listing.
Vampire folklore and the belief in vampires can be traced to the ancient world. Indeed, burials dating to more than 1,000 years ago in Europe took safeguards to protect the living against the restless undead, with suspected vampires buried with stones in their mouths
or pinned in place with rocks or iron bars

Religious items such as crucifixes and bibles were thought to repel vampires. (Image credit: Hansons Auctioneers)
For people who believed in creatures that rose from the grave to drink blood, “the task of killing a vampire was extremely serious and historical accounts suggested the need for particular methods and tools,” Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said in a statement
.
However, alleged “vampires” were usually identified as such because people did not understand how infectious diseases spread, or because they misinterpreted a corpse’s appearance during natural decomposition, Live Science previously reported
.
As for the age and origins of this vampire-slaying kit — not to mention any indication that it was ever used to hunt and kill vampires — its current owner purchased it three years ago at an antiques fair in Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England, and knows “very little of its history,” the owner told the auction house.
“I loved the look of the Gothic box and, when I opened it, I just had to have it,” said the owner, who lives in West Midlands in the U.K. and declined to be named. “I thought it was so interesting — a great conversation piece.” 
The kit is part of an online auction
of antiques and collectibles offered by Hansons Auctioneers, beginning on July 16. Other items include: 19th-century silver tableware, trays and cups; compacts and snuff boxes; and jewelry such as brooches, lockets and rings — though only the vampire box is described as an object of “supernatural interest,” according to the auction website.
Originally published on Live Science.

Click here to view the original article.

Science

SpaceX launches and lands prototype of its Mars rocket Starship in key short flight test – CNBC

The fifth prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket passed its most critical test yet.

Published

on

post featured image

The fifth prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket passed its most critical test yet, taking off and landing in a short flight on Tuesday at the company’s facility in Texas.
Starship prototype Serial Number 5, standing at about 100 feet tall, launched gradually and rose to about 500 feet above the ground before returning back to land on a concrete area near the launchpad. 
“Progress is accelerating,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted after the flight.
SpaceX has a fleet of rockets tha…

Click here to view the original article.

Continue Reading

Science

Calcium-rich supernova examined with X-rays for first time – Mirage News

Most of the calcium in the universe – including the very calcium in our teeth and bones – was created in the last gasp of dying stars. Called…

Published

on

post featured image

Most of the calcium in the universe – including the very calcium in our teeth and bones – was created in the last gasp of dying stars.
Called “calcium-rich supernovae,” these stellar explosions are so rare that astrophysicists have struggled to find and subsequently study them. The nature of these supernovae and their mechanism for creating calcium, therefore, have remained elusive.
Raffaella Margutti
Now a Northwestern University-led team has potentially uncovered the true nature of these ra…

Click here to view the original article.

Continue Reading

Science

Watch SpaceX’s stunning Starship prototype ‘hop’ test flight and landing – Yahoo Finance Australia

SpaceX achieved a big win in their Starship spacecraft development program on Tuesday evening, flying the SN5 prototype of that future vehicle to a height of around 500 feet, propelled by a single Raptor engine. The test, which took place at SpaceX’s rocket…

Published

on

SpaceX achieved a big win in their Starship spacecraft development program on Tuesday evening, flying the SN5 prototype of that future vehicle to a height of around 500 feet, propelled by a single Raptor engine. The test, which took place at SpaceX’s rocket development and testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas, marks the first time that a full-scale Starship prototype has left the ground.
The company released a video of the whole test, including footage captured both from a drone’s-eye-view, as…

Click here to view the original article.

Continue Reading

Trending