Werewolves live amoung us today, but unless you know what to look for, they are impossible to identify.
Except when they're suffering an attack of the rare illness that turns them into crazed beasts, they look like any of your friends or neighbors, experts say.
Dr. Werner Bokelman, an Austrian anthropologist who has studied werewolves for 30 years, has developed a test to help identify the werewolves amoung us. Here's how he says you can tell if your friend or neighbor is a werewolf:
- Does he smell like a mixture of stale hay and horse manure? Werewolves have extra glands that emit nasty smells.
- Does he have eyebrows that meet in the middle of his forehead? Doctors in Denmark say that's a certain sign of the beast inside. Werewolves' arms, legs, and bodies are extremely hairy, especially the backs of their hands and the tops of their feet.
- Does a neighbor's child seem unusually attracted to little girls by the age of 7 or 8? Werewolves reach sexual maturity at that age -- five years ahead of normal humans.
- Is the ring finger on both of his hands longer than the middle finger? Experts say a long ring finger is a sure sign a person is a werewolf.
- Does he own large pets that often disappear and then are replaced by other large pets? Werewolves have enormous appetites and like to sink their fangs into large, fleshy animals. It would take 100 chickens a week, for example, to satisfy the average werewolf.
- Do you hear strange howling and moaning in the neighborhood when there is a full moon and no dogs around? If so, you are living close to a werewolf.
- Does his skin slowly change color? It takes a few hours for a werewolf to change from human to animal form. The first sign is a gradual darkening of the skin.
- Does he wander around graveyards, mortuaries or turn up at the scene of fatal accidents? Corpses are a ready source of nourishment for young werewolves.
- Is his blood bluish red and his urine a deep purple? If you can trust yourself to be alone with a suspected werewolf in the daytime, try to find out without being too obvious. Following him into a men's room might be a good idea, but be careful.