Vampires Vs. Mirrors: Freaky Facts

Everyone knows that vampires can’t see their reflection in mirrors, but do you know why?

Vampires are some of the hottest monsters in both folklore and Hollywood, and the mythology surrounding them is endless from garlic acting as a repellent to sunlight killing them. But there might be more truth behind the legends than originally thought.

dracula-no-reflection-in-house-of-draculaAccording to the mythos, vampires are unable to see their reflection in mirrors, and, surprisingly, the reason why is because of how mirrors used to be constructed. In the 19th century, mirrors were backed with a thin layer of silver, which is believed to be one of the purest metals, perfect for repelling werewolves and vampires. That simple layer of silver is what kept vampires from being able to see their faces in a mirror in the time of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Of course, today, mirrors are backed with aluminum, so everyone’s favorite vampires would actually be able to see their reflections. Sorry to burst your teen-goth vampire romance bubble.

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