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Fascinated with occultism and old German mythology, Adolf Hitler used the word Werwolf (German spelling of Werewolf) as a codename for one of his headquarters in the WWII.
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Thanks to their fearsome reputation, werewolves became popular in Gothic horror genre at the beginning of the 19th century and their popularity was on increase, leading up to the first mainstream werewolf film, 1935s Werewolf of London.
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Although wolf attacks on humans are very rare nowadays, there have been several cases of man eating wolf packs. One of the scariest happened in 1996 when a pack of wolves repeatedly attacked villages in Uttar Pradesh, India. The hungry wolves focused mainly on young children and they actually succeed in seizing and eating a few of them. Scared by the brutal attacks, the locals then believed it was werewolves who killed the children.
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Werewolves are thought to have supernatural healing abilities and are known to be immune to damage caused by ordinary human weapons. The only thing supposed to hurt them is a silver object, primarily a silver bullet. It might have been inspired by the Beast of Gevaudan that was allegedly killed with a silver consecrated bullet.
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In 1999 in the USA, 907 people insured themselves against turning into werewolves.
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One of the most popular real stories based on the werewolf idea was the one of the Beast of Gevaudan. Between 1764 and 1767, the Gevaudan province in south central France was terrorized by an unspecified wolf like creature. Allegedly, the beast attacked over 200 humans, killing and eating about 100 of them. At that time, people thought it to be a werewolf but modern theories suggest it was a huge domestic dog or a dog wolf hybrid.
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Removing the werewolvery could have been achieved by several methods ranging from exorcism and a medical approach using Aconitum, a flowering plant, to more extreme techniques such as piercing the werewolfęs hands with nails.
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There were many guaranteed ways of becoming a werewolf. The most common were: inherit the werewolvery from parents, get bitten by a werewolf, get cursed by a gypsy, put on a wolf skin belt, drink water out of a werewolfęs footprint, or sleep outside with a full moon shining on the personęs face.
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The appearance of the werewolf in his animal form varied significantly with regions but there were several typical attributes common to most of them. The werewolf was usually larger than a regular wolf, kept human voice and eyes, was able to walk on his hind legs and ate freshly buried human remains.
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According to most European legends, the werewolf could have been recognized even in his human form thanks to several physical traits such as curved fingernails or unibrow.
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