A May is mummy month appetizer

Jolaine Incognito’s May is mummy month starts tomorrow.

Totally stole this photo. Sorry.But today, a little appetizer.


Giant robot baby dear God why?

I had to, no, literally had to interrupt Bad Girls Week to talk about this.

A giant robot baby.

For the love of all things holy, why would you do this? I mean, I know it’s art or whatever, but there are people starving in the world, you know, folks?

Anyway, io9 reports that Shanghai’s Expo 2010 will feature a giant robot baby. Here it is. Sorry, it’s pretty scary. I mean, can you imagine the drool? Can you imagine the diapers?

News flash

Lordy, I was going to make a corpse-eating robot joke here. I did a post about the corpse-eating robot a while back. Check it here.

But I went back and tried to link to the original news story only to find it’s been deleted and replaced with this one saying the corpse-eating robot is a vegetarian. Someone really wanted that story edited. Hmm. Wonder who?

Guess it serves me right for linking to Fox News.

May is Mummy Month!

I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am.

Jackal-headed Anubis, weirdest of the Egyptian death godsA full month of guest posts. That means I’m taking May off! Er, but that’s not the part I’m hoping you’re excited about.

Jolaine Incognito, guest-blogger and demon hunter extra-extraordinaire (in fact, she’s so ‘extra’ that ‘ordinaire’ doesn’t even apply), will be supplying May’s posts. From the deepest dark heart of Ancient Egypt, she’ll bring you a month of mummies, straight from the underworld.

<Cue Discovery Channel Announcer>

So strap on your bandages and grab a ticket for your solar barque; May will transport you far beyond the land of the living and into the realm of… mummies.

Seriously fishy characters 10: Vodanyoi

The Russian Vodanyoi inhabits millponds and millponds only, making him a unique guy.

A millpond is a pond that’s attached to a mill–a building that houses a device for grinding grain. Waterpower runs the machine. It was an important part of life in the days when you couldn’t run to the store for a bag of Robin Hood.

An old man with a scummy green beard, the Vodanyoi has a fishy tail and is responsible for local drownings. Some say he used to be an angel, but was cast out by the Archangel Michael. Now he lives in a shining palace built at the bottom of the pond.

Not all humans are on his bad side. He will take to the mill owner, and maybe some local fishermen if they behave themselves, sometimes offering him bread, salt, tobacco, and vodka. Or maybe a live chicken or rooster.


  • Prudence Jones, Nigel Pennick; A history of pagan Europe, Routledge, 1997

A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits

by Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack

Vampires we know and love #9: Jaracaca

Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.


A snake-shaped vampirical demon from Brazil, with a taste for human… milk?

The jaracaca loves to slip between a feeding baby and the nursing mother to drink the milk before it gets to the child. To keep the baby from naturally objecting to this, it sticks its tail in the child’s mouth.

Unlike other vampires, the jaracaca considers blood a secondary treat, and will only drink it if milk isn’t in ready supply — does that make it a vegetarian vampire? If it has to go for the sloppy seconds, it will wrap itself around the upper arm of a man and drink its fill.

The jaracaca has a secondary power. Like other snakes, it can secrete or spit a poisonous venom that causes insanity. So any person it sucks blood from during the night wakes screaming and crazy. Fun!

To avoid becoming the victim of the jaracaca, talk to your local Brazilian Catholic priest. Or jungle shaman.