Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebrity Vampires

This past summer, I implemented the very first Theme Week here on Theresa's Haunted History:  Vampire Week!  Unfortunately, the ADD kicked in, and I never quite got around to finishing out my entries for Friday and Saturday.  I apologize...but hopefully I will be redeeming myself before the end of 2013!  My first step in that redemption is to bring you today's Friday Night Funny!

Obviously, this was meant to be posted in June as part of Vampire Week, but better late than never, right?  I sincerely hope you enjoy this compilation of Celebrity Vampires!

It all started in 2011 when the following photograph was put up for sale on eBay.  Seller Jack Mord from Seattle, an antiques dealer and collector, was offering the carte de visite style photograph for a mere price of $1 million.  The photograph was found in the back of an album filled with other Civil War era photographs and is believed to be a gentleman who lived in Bristol, Tennessee around 1870.  Although un-labeled, it is believed that the photograph was taken by a man named Professor G.B. Smith.

From Business Insider
According to Mord's personal theory, the man in the photograph is none other than our modern day actor, Nicholas Cage.  Mord, who believes Cage is actually a vampire, states that every 75 years or so, the man whom we know as Nicholas Cage, fakes his death and begins a new life with a new identity.  However, skeptics were quick to point out at least one major flaw in this theory...and that's the widely accepted belief that vampires cannot be photographed!

Vampire, doppelganger, or just unfortunate resemblance...whatever the cause, Nick Cage would soon find out that he wasn't the only celebrity with a historical look-alike!  There are literally tons of these out there, but I culled a few of my favorites.

Shortly after eBay saw the Nick Cage vampire, the John Travolta vampire made an appearance.  A collector from Ontario, Canada listed this ambrotype from the early 1860s for a STEAL at $50,000!

In 2013, this photo of an Eddie Murphy doppelganger hit the internet.  Various individuals attempted to debunk the photo using error-level analysis, but not strong conclusions were ever published.  

That May, another photograph caused a similar sensation.  Digital archivists from the New York Public Library came across the photo of a Harlem man, circa 1939, who is a dead-ringer for rapper Jay-Z.

From NY Daily News

So there's just a small sampling of MY favorite celebrity look-alikes.  I'll let you come to your OWN conclusions as to whether or not these strange images are a little more than just mere coincidences are not.  I also encourage you to take a second look at those old family photo albums you might never know what (or WHO!) you're gonna find!

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