Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.



Werewolves, or lycanthropes, if you're feeling fancy, have been around as a myth since ancient times, but there was a period in Europe when they were taken a whole lot more seriously. Not only were they believed to be real, the suspected werewolves were subjected to trial in the same way as the accused witches of Salem. Let's take a look at the mass frenzy surrounding werewolves, the strange (and sometimes sexist?) connection between their trials and the witch trials of the same period, and the oh-so-wonderful link between drugs and insanity.