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What Are Seven Percent Of Americans Doing Believing In Werewolves?

Also vampires, but we knew about those people already.

People believe some weird shit. Really, really weird shit. In fact, one could perhaps, ungenerously, describe my entire beat as "people believe some weird shit." And perhaps that is why I feel the need to bring a recent YouGov poll to your attention. Because according to this poll, seven percent of Americans believe in werewolves.

Perhaps even more disturbingly, Democrats (10 percent) are more likely to believe that werewolves exist than Republicans (4 percent). That concerns me, although it perhaps has more to do with the fact that belief in werewolves seems to skew younger, with 14 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds believing and only 2 percent of those 65 and older believing in them. Also Democrats are slightly more likely to believe in werewolves than in vampires, and what the hell is that even about?

Graph showing a poll of the percentages of people who believe in ghosts, demons, psychics, werewolves and vampires YouGov.com

Now, seven percent of Americans also believe in vampires, but we know who those people are. Some of us went to high school with them and the rest have at least seen them on talk shows. I mean, have you truly lived until some dude in a crushed velvet cape calling himself Lestat tries to get up on your shit at a New Wave night you didn't even want to go to?

Teen by day vampire by night with Jenny and her pals www.youtube.com

To my knowledge, there is not a subculture of people who believe in literal werewolves. Even the otherkin people who believe they are wolves are not like "Oh no, the moon is full! Better lock myself up in a cage like Seth Green on Buffy so I don't accidentally murder anyone!" At least as far as I know. I admittedly haven't read up on them in years, there could be new developments.

Belief in werewolves was very much once a thing — there were full-fledged werewolf trials all over Europe, in conjunction with witch trials, but you really just do not hear about people believing in them now. That being said, I did find a website (werewolves.com, natch) made by someone who apparently believes in them and fully plan on spending the rest of my day catching up on this shit.

The other findings in the poll were disappointing but less shocking. When I posted it to Twitter, people seemed surprised that Protestants (52 percent) were more likely to believe in demons than Catholic people (34 percent) were, although it makes total sense to me. Evangelicals are a lot more literal across the board, whereas there are Catholic people who think demons are simply meant to symbolize evil as well as those who believe there are literal demons that sometimes possess people, Linda Blair style.

There are also way too many people who believe in psychics (37 percent overall), which I would argue is more damaging than belief in ghosts or demons or even werewolves and vampires, simply because it is more likely to lead to those people being scammed. Sure — there are ghost hunters and exorcists scamming people — but those are a lot less common than psychics who promise to help people find their missing children or let them communicate with their deceased spouse all the while taking every dime they ever had.

Of course, we all have our things. I don't believe in anything explicitly supernatural, I do kind of believe in the malocchio (evil eye) to the extent that I think if you go around being secretly jealous of other people or trying to make others feel jealous of you by bragging a whole lot, it's going to eventually cause problems for you and those around you — just not in a mystical way.

Werewolves, however, ought to be a bridge too far for any of us.

Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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Joni Mitchell To Show Spotify They Won't Know What They've Got Til It's Gone

She is joining Neil Young in protesting Spotify until they do something about Joe Rogan's COVID nonsense.

A whole bunch of jerks were laughing and laughing yesterday over Barry Manilow supposedly saying that he was joining Neil Young in taking his music off of Spotify in protest of Joe Rogan spreading lies and misinformation about vaccines. This turned out not to be true, and was probably some kind of prank played by someone who has been telling the same jokes since the 1970s, which I assume was the last time that making fun of Barry Manilow was new and original. The goal was likely to try and make it seem like this is something only dorks would do, despite the fact that Neil Young is awesome.

Now, after the Neil Young thing, there were a bunch of "Heart of Gold is a good song, but Spotify isn't going to choose Neil Young over Joe Rogan, because they are almost entirely financially dependent on Joe Rogan" explainers going around. Nevertheless, one other person has said they will follow Young's lead, and that person is Joni Mitchell, who is the best.

On Friday night, Mitchell posted a missive on her website, announcing that she would be taking her music off of Spotify as well, in solidarity with Young and against the misinformation being spread by Rogan.

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Some Old White Idiot Pretty Sure YouTube Hypnotizing Him. (It Is Eric Clapton.)

Is Eric Clapton's brain working?

You probably have heard that Eric Clapton is a shithead anti-vaxx COVID skeptic idiot. He's a 76-year-old white man, so demographically we're not surprised. And yeah, he may be a "rock star," allegedly, but nobody's holding him up as some kind of paragon of coolness.

He sucks like Van Morrison sucks. And of course, Clapton and Morrison made a shitty song together, which compared COVID lockdowns to actual slavery. You know, like the 76-year-old white men they are. If you hit that link, you can read a whole Washington Post thing on all the ways Eric Clapton sucks. It's good journalism.

Or you can just stay here and read about how Eric Clapton thinks YouTube is hypnotizing people into getting vaccinated.

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Dr. Oz Challenges Dr. Fauci To Brain Duel Outside Saloon At High Noon, SHUT UP HE'S SERIOUS STOP LAUGHING

OK it's funny.

Don't know if y'all saw this the other day, but Media Matters had a big report featuring all the times Dr. Mehmet Oz, the quack silly guy doctor who thinks he should get to be a Republican senator from Pennsylvania, pushed colloidal silver on his old show. Yes, the stuff that turns people literally blue. He's just a really good doctor.

Anyway, he went on Newsmax and demanded Dr. Anthony Fauci, a good doctor, debate him.


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