NME Awards 2008 – The Nominations


Check out this year’s nominations and my personal preferences (in bold):

Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys
The Cribs

Best International Band
Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
The Killers
Kings Of Leon
My Chemical Romance

Best New Band
The Enemy
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
The Pigeon Detectives
The Wombats

Best Solo Artist
Kate Nash
Jamie T
Jack Penate
Amy Winehouse
Patrick Wolf

Best Album
‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ – Arctic Monkeys
‘Shotters Nation’ – Babyshambles
‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ – The Enemy
‘Myths Of The Near Future’ – Klaxons
‘In Rainbows’ – Radiohead

Best Track
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ – Arctic Monkeys
‘Flux’ – Bloc Party
‘Men’s Needs’ – The Cribs
‘Lord Don’t Slow Me Down’ – Oasis
‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ – The Wombats

Best Video
‘Teddy Picker’ – Arctic Monkeys
‘Flux’ – Bloc Party
‘D.A.N.C.E.’ – Justice
‘Golden Skans’ – Klaxons
‘Teenagers’ – My Chemical Romance

Villain Of The Year
Tony Blair
Johnny Borrell
Gordon Brown
George W Bush
Amy Winehouse

Best Album Artwork
‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ – Arctic Monkeys
‘The Good, The Bad And The Queen’ – The Good, The Bad And The Queen
‘Sawdust’ – The Killers
‘Because Of The Times’ – Kings Of Leon
‘Send Away The Tigers’ – Manic Street Preachers

Worst Album
‘1973’ – James Blunt
‘The Trick To Life’ – The Hoosiers
‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis
‘Life In Cartoon Motion’ – Mika
‘Blackout’ – Britney Spears

Worst Band
30 Seconds To Mars
Fall Out Boy
The Hoosiers
My Chemical Romance
Panic At The Disco

Best TV Show
‘The Mighty Boosh’
‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’
‘The IT Crowd’

Best Film
‘Hot Fuzz’
‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’
‘The Simpsons Movie’

Best Website

There are more categories for which I have no opinion on so I couldn’t post them… Anyway, you can vote for your favourite songs/bands/albums and whatever on the NME.com website Smile


The Best 19 Movies You Didn’t See in 2007

I found an interesting list of movies on the web (http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/12/24/best-19-movies-you-didnt-see-in-2007/) that are supposed to be like the cool indie movies we all missed in 2007 because we were too busy watching Transformers Tongue out Well anyway I like watching movies like these but they are kinda hard to find… I noticed that out of the 19 movies on this list I’ve only watched 2… I hope I get to watch the rest of these movies soon, I’ll certainly make an effort to…

So this is the list as posted on firstshowing.net:

Across the UniverseAcross the Universe
Opened September 14th, 2007
Directed by Julie Taymor
A dock worker Jude travels to America in the 1960s to find his estranged father. There he falls in love with sheltered American teenager Lucy. When her brother Max is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, they become involved in peace activism.
Why it’s Great: This Beatles-infused musical features over 30 Beatles songs modernized and sung beautifully right into the story by an immensely talented cast. It wasn’t the greatest film – it got hacked to pieces in editing – but the songs and a great love story combined with some profoundly unique visuals make it one of the most memorable films this year that shouldn’t have been missed.

Air Guitar NationAir Guitar Nation
Opened March 23rd, 2007
Directed by Alexandra Lipsitz

Air Guitar Nation chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships and the personal journeys of those talented contestants who are vying to become the first World Air Guitar Champion from the United States.
Why it’s Great: We’ve all had that moment – dancing around our house in our undies rocking out to some old school rock and roll. It is those moments of glory that spawned the worldwide sport of Air Guitar, the subject of Alexandra Lipsitz’ fast paced, energetic and deeply respectful documentary. Showing off the silliness and the seriousness of the sport, this documentary left audiences both in stitches and filled with great respect for these wannabe rockers.

Opened May 25th, 2007
Directed by Luc Besson
A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.
Why it’s Great: Despite being in black & white (which this actually uses to its advantage), it’s a fantastic morality tale about a down-on-his-luck guy who thinks he meets his lucky ticket but eventually discovers she is helping him get on the right track. It’s not overflowing with visuals, besides the gorgeous streets of Paris, instead it focuses on the story and morals at hand. I came out of this a much better person and realized that it’s yet another wonderfully cinematic film from Fifth Element director Luc Besson that sadly not enough people have discovered.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Opened September 21st, 2007
Directed by Andrew Dominik

Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Why it’s Great: One of the most gorgeous looking films of the entire year, The Assassination of Jesse James is an absolute masterpiece with critically acclaimed cinematography and some of the best performances in any movie. Despite it’s epic length and mediocre reviews, you’ll find yourself drawn into the detailed world of the old west and won’t be ready to let go of the story until that final moment. Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, this is still a phenomenal film that shouldn’t be passed by without a second glance.

Death at a FuneralDeath at a Funeral
Opened August 17th, 2007
Directed by Frank Oz
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Why it’s Great: The funniest farce and best British humor you’ll see in a movie in years. Death at a Funeral takes us back to Frank Oz’ comedic roots with a great film that builds momentum as time goes on and turns a typically morbid event into the most hilarious mishap ever. Fans of "Firefly" star Alan Tudyk won’t be able to stop laughing once he’s on the drugs – and it never lets up, it only gets better and better as the story goes on.

Opened August 15th, 2007
Directed by Tom DiCillo

An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi.
Why it’s Great: A little indie comedy that has so much warmth found amidst some solid comedy. The more I watched this the more I started to appreciate both Michael Pitt and Steve Buscemi’s performances and their story within. The final scene with Buscemi on the red carpet is still one of my favorites. This is such a happy-go-lucky comedic gem that many people will appreciate and enjoy, but it never got traction enough to make it to the mainstream.

Everything's Gone GreenEverything’s Gone Green
Opened April 13th, 2007
Directed by Paul Fox
Ryan, a good-natured slacker, is tempted into a money laundering scheme while working for a lottery magazine. A capitalistic comedy that asks the question – when is "enough" enough?
Why it’s Great: A Canadian indie comedy about everything from money to marijuana. It’s not about how over-the-top it can get nor is it a stoner comedy, it’s an incredibly smart drama with some great comedic moments all lead by one of the finest up-and-coming actors of this generation – Paulo Costanzo. This is such a "chill" and down-to-earth film that I’ve suggested it to more of my friends than almost anything else.

Opened July 6th, 2007
Directed by Andrew Currie

Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family.
Why it’s Great: This is as hilarious and as awesome of a take on the zombie genre as Shaun of the Dead. Once you actually see it you’ll know why it deserves a spot in your collection next to Shaun of the Dead. It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s got a great cast, and to top it off, director Andrew Currie pays such close attention to detail that every scene looks lush and vivid. I don’t know anyone who saw it who didn’t end up loving it.

The Go-GetterThe Go-Getter
Opened Never
Directed by Martin Hynes
When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Why it’s Great: Although this was never actually picked up by a distributor after its debut at Sundance in January, I still haven’t forgotten it. The best road trip movie I think I’ve ever seen with a great soundtrack and an unforgettable, and often funny, plot. This should’ve been in theaters this year and it’s likely that if it would’ve made it out it probably would have become a cult hit by now.

Gone Baby GoneGone Baby Gone
Opened October 19th, 2007
Directed by Ben Affleck

Based on the Dennis Lehane novel about two Boston area detectives investigating a little girl’s kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
Why it’s Great: It had a poor run at the box office and yet was one of, if not the, best movie of the year. Not only are Casey Affleck and Ed Harris awards-worthy, but the plot has so many perfectly executed emotional twists and turns that I was very moved at the end. Don’t be fooled, Ben Affleck is an immensely talented director who has succeeded brilliantly with his first feature film.

Opened April 6th, 2007
Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino
Two full length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez put together as a two film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
Why it’s Great: I’m not sure how so many people missed this set of two of the best movies the year. Planet Terror is quite grotesque yet a finely crafted small-town zombie fiasco directed by Sin City’s Robert Rodriguez. Death Proof contains not only Kurt Russell’s greatest performance, but the best car chase ever filmed, hands down. Forget the length, watch each individually and you’ll still find they’re equally awesome. The best experience I’ve had at the movies my entire life.

The HostThe Host
Opened March 9th, 2007
Directed by Bong Joon-ho

A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people.
Why it’s Great: Subtitled or not, The Host is one of the most gripping films of the entire year. Forget about Cloverfield, this is what a monster movie should be – a huge slimy sea monster created by American ignorance that terrorizes Seoul. It’s at times ridiculous, at others intensely scary but always entertaining. There is no other movie that redefined its genre the way The Host gave a makeover to the monster movie in ’07.

Opened July 13th, 2007
Directed by Steve Buscemi
After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America’s most popular soap actress.
Why it’s Great: If you truly appreciate independent film, then there’s no way you won’t find something incredible in Interview. It’s a two-person back-and-forth interview piece without a moment of boredom. I never would have thought I would enjoy Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller talking for nearly two hours, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t pull it off and still had me amazed at the ending. Be brave and take a risk with Interview, the pay off will be sweet.

King of CaliforniaKing of California
Opened September 14th, 2007
Directed by Mike Cahill

An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there’s Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.
Why it’s Great: Another indie gem that I don’t understand how so many people overlooked. Michael Douglas is great as a crazed institutional lunatic who’s searching for Spanish gold underneath a CostCo in California. This is such a fun movie on top of being very well-made and I can’t suggest it enough. It’s not the best comedy nor is it the best drama, but it is a very fun flick and one of the better movies that was missed this year.

The King of KongThe King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Opened August 17th, 2007
Directed by Seth Gordon
Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.
Why it’s Great: Probably the greatest underdog story ever told on film, The King of Kong was loved by both critics and all who saw it play in limited release. It’s the story of two gamers, both determined to hold the world record in the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Edited to perfection, this one plays out to be just as epic a battle as Jedi v. Empire. If you’ve ever played a video game or loved a geek, you will be easily captivated by this enchanting documentary.

The LookoutThe Lookout
Opened March 30th, 2007
Directed by Scott Frank

Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Why it’s Great: The opening scene alone with the fireflies is enough to suggest this, but it’s much more than that. In fact, The Lookout is even much more than a small-town heist movie, as they thrown in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has trouble remembering things, into the mix. Too many people missed a great indie thriller from early in the year that I’m sure a lot will find fulfilling and thoroughly enjoyable.

The NinesThe Nines
Opened August 31st, 2007
Directed by John August
A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
Why it’s Great: Although it’s hard to suggest this as I wasn’t too fond of it, I can’t help but include it because of how unique it is. Ryan Reynolds is outstanding as three different people in three almost unrelated plots. If you end up catching this, I’m certain you’ll find yourself drawn in to figuring out exactly what’s going on as well as searching for all of John August’s cartefully placed nuances. By the end you’ll be a changed person for experiencing The Nines.

Opened July 20th, 2007
Directed by Danny Boyle

A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.
Why it’s Great: One of the most incredibly envisioned sci-fi movies of this entire decade, Sunshine is a fascinating adventure through the cold and lonely depths of space. What Danny Boyle did for the zombie genre with 28 Days Later he has done again for sci-fi with Sunshine. The production design and visual effects look and feel incredible, and the performance of the small cast and hugely thrilling plot all deliver.

Talk to MeTalk to Me
Opened July 13th, 2007
Directed by Kasi Lemmons
The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Why it’s Great: Talk to Me is as powerful and profound of a biopic as Ray or The Pursuit of Happyness. Don Cheadle absolutely deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Petey Greene and not only makes it emotional but also injects the perfect amount of humor in the right spots. Talk to Me is both charming and inspiring and does not deserve to be so easily passed by. It’s musically inclined and wonderfully filmed and tells a powerful story in our country’s history. I can’t say enough good things about it and yet how depressing it is to see such a phenomenal movie be forgotten so easily.

Well that’s all, hopefully you’ll soon see my reviews for some on these movies Smile

Fastest cars in the world

Ever wondered which is the fastest car in the world and how fast does it go? Well, the fastest production car ever produced used to be the Bugatti Veyron but recently the SSC Ultimate Aero managed to take the lead. Here’s the list:

1. SSC Ultimate Aero: 257 mph+, 0-60 in 2.7 secs. Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp, base price is $654,400. Tested in March 2007 by Guinness world records, The SSC Ultimate Aero takes the lead as the fastest car in the world beating Bugatti Veyron.


2. Bugatti Veyron: 253 mph+, 0-60 in 2.5 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle W16 Engine with 1001 hp, base price is $1,444,000. With the highest price tag, no wonder this ranks at #2.


3. Koenigsegg CCX: 250 mph+, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp, base price is $695,000. Made in Sweden, it’s expected to take the #1 spot in the future.


4. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo: 248 mph+, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base price is $555,000.


5. McLaren F1: 240 mph+, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, base price is $970,000. Check out the doors, they looks like bat wings, maybe Batman needs to order one and paint it black


6. Ferrari Enzo: 217 mph+, 0-60 in 3.4 secs. F140 Aluminum V12 Engine with 660 hp, base price is $670,000. Only 399 ever produced, the price goes up every time someone crashes.


7. Jaguar XJ220: 217 mph+, 0-60 in 4.0 secs. Twin Turbo V6 Engine with 542 hp, base price is $345,000. Made in 1992, this car still got what it takes to make the list.


8. Pagani Zonda F: 215 mph+, 0-60 in 3.5 secs. Mercedes Benz M180 V12 Engine with 650 hp, base price is $741,000. With a V12 motor, this baby can do much better.


9. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640: 213 mph+, 0-60 in 3.3 secs. V12 Engine with 640 hp, base price is $430,000. Nice piece of art, the design is very round and smooth.


10. Porsche Carrera GT: 209 mph+, 0-60 in 3.9 secs. Aluminum, 68 Degree, Water Cooled V10 Engine with 612 hp, base price is $440,000. Porsche’s most expensive car made the list as #10.



Ten Rules for Being Human

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life."

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work."

Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.

"There" is no better a place than "here." When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."

Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

You will forget all this.



2007 – 50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year)


1. A giant fossilized claw found from an ancient sea scorpion indicates that when alive, it would have been much taller than the average man. This find, from rocks 390 million years old, suggests that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were much larger in the past than previously thought.

2. Skin cancer is 20 percent more common on the left side of the body.

3. Men who have only daughters have a higher risk of prostate cancer than men with at least one son, suggesting a chromosome defect.

4. Baking pizza dough at higher temperatures for longer periods enhances levels of antioxidants that researchers believe reduce a person’s risk of developing cancer and heart disease.

5. Scientists have discovered dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than red wine.

6. People who are optimists do better in most avenues of life, whether it’s work, school, sports or relationships. They get depressed less often than pessimists do, make more money and have happier marriages.

7. Scientists have figured out that a unique bacterium is what makes the sea smell like the sea. They’ve also found a way to capture the aroma and bottle it.

8. Minorities from low-income areas are at increased risk for having a leg amputated as a result of severe peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a type of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, of the legs.

9. A survey of 25,000 Americans found that 62 percent said they do not eat any fruit on a typical day, and 25 percent said they do not eat vegetables. All told, 11 percent ate the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables, it found.

10. Owls try to sound more macho by lowering the tone of their hoots.

11. Electronic noses used in the food industry and for sniffing out explosives can perform better with the addition of artificial "snot."

12. Wild herds of African elephants communicating by vibrations in the ground can determine which animal produced the vibrations. The seismic system is so sophisticated, scientists describe the elephants as having their own version of "caller ID."

13. A new species of sea anemone has been discovered in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean, living in the unlikeliest of habitats: the carcass of a dead whale that had sunk some 1.8 miles below sea level in a region called Monterey Canyon, roughly 25 miles off the coast of Monterey, Calif.

14. Scientists have discovered particles of cocaine and marijuana, as well as caffeine and tobacco, in the air of Italy’s capital. The concentration of drugs was heaviest in the air around Rome’s Sapienza University, though officials warned against drawing conclusions about students’ recreational habits.

15. Some people’s features match their monikers so well that it makes them instantly more memorable. For example, when people hear the name Bob, they picture a large, round face, but when they hear the name Tim or Andy, they imagine someone far thinner.

16. Ocean surface currents can be chaotically changeable. Two identical items released at the same location and at the same time can end up in vastly different areas. Severe storms that alter normal weather patterns also play an important role in the movement of drift items.

17. Dolphins living off the coast of Wales whistle, bark and groan in a different dialect from dolphins off the western coast of Ireland.

18. Scientists are breeding cows that can produce skimmed milk and butter that is so soft, it spreads straight from the fridge. A team in New Zealand has identified a cow, named Marge, who naturally produces lower levels of saturated fat in her milk.

19. For small- and large-stature adults, automobile airbags may do more harm than good, new research indicates. A detailed look at crash data spanning 11 years for more than 65,000 front-seat passengers found that while airbags are "modestly" protective for people of medium stature (5-foot-3 to 5-foot-11), they appear to increase the risk of injury to people smaller than 4-foot-11 and taller than 6-foot-3.

20. U.S. military troops rarely consume all the components in MRE provisions, particularly when they are preparing for missions where reducing the amount of weight and bulk in their packs is essential. Instead, they "field strip" the rations, choosing their favorite items and tossing out the rest.

21. Fetuses are able to mount their own specific immune response to flu vaccines received by their mothers.

22. Women who enjoyed strong childhood relationships with their fathers prefer to have a male partner who physically resembles him.

23. A race of 36 million-year-old, extinct giant penguins (over 5 feet tall) marched to equatorial South America during a time when the world was much warmer than it is now. Remains of the penguins found on the southern coast of Peru challenge previous conceptions about penguin evolution and expansion.

24. Icebergs hold trapped terrestrial material, which may be released far out at sea as they melt. This process produces a "halo effect" with significantly increased nutrients, chlorophyll and krill out to a radius of more than two miles. Scientists also have begun to suspect that icebergs may play a role in global climate regulation by removing carbon from the atmosphere.

25. Fish use the threat of punishment to maintain stability in their social order. Small goby fish at Lizard Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef use the threat of expulsion from the school as a powerful deterrent to keep subordinate fish from challenging those more dominant.

26. Ape-men ancestors began walking on two legs 6 million years ago because it used far less energy than clambering on all fours.

27. Some office printers emit a dangerous amount of toner in the air, possibly causing health concerns ranging from respiratory irritation to cardiovascular problems. Some of these floating microscopic particles may be carcinogens.

28. Yawning may be a kind of low-tech air conditioning for the brain.

29. Onions contain a sulfur-based antioxidant that binds with harmful toxins in the brain and flushes them out of the body, helping to prevent memory loss.

30. The Asian Cyprian honeybee kills its nemesis, the Oriental hornet, by smothering with other honeybees as a mob, causing the hornet to asphyxiate.

31. Sex among African bat bugs is a violent affair. During copulation, males of the species pierce the abdomens of their mates with their genitals and ejaculate directly into their blood.

32. Diners at restaurants enjoy their wine and meals more if the wine has a special label, even if it’s really only a $2 vintage.

33. Small children stress out about starting kindergarten up to six months before school starts, suggesting youngsters may take cues from their anxious parents.

34. Shoppers prefer stores’ scents to match their sounds. Participants in a research study who were exposed to a Christmas scent in combination with Christmas music gave the store higher ratings than those who experienced a Christmas scent with non-Christmas music.

35. A giant underwater current sweeping past Australia’s island of Tasmania toward the South Atlantic is a main contributor to regulation of carbon dioxide gasses in the atmosphere.

36. Ultra-hardy bacteria species collectively known as "extremophiles" have been discovered in NASA "clean rooms" used by scientists and engineers who are assembling spacecraft.

37. Fruit flies love the carbon dioxide fizz from beer. The insects have special taste receptors that are sensitive to the gas.

38. Overweight women who face employment weight bias could be victims of sex discrimination. Women are 16 times more likely than men to report weight discrimination in the workplace.

39. The mangrove killifish, found in the Caribbean, can modify its biological makeup so it can breathe air and live in trees for months at a time.

40 Two-thirds of women older than 40 are the primary providers for their families.

41. A derivative of broccoli-sprout extract protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

42. The first prehistoric fish that made its way onto land saw a full range of colors, including wavelengths of light that human eyes cannot see.

43. It takes business people twice as long to enter text messages on an iPhone as on conventional cell phones.

44. A survey of tendencies among approximately 1,000 car owners age 18 and older showed that U.S. men and women demonstrated an equal interest in upgrading the quality of their tires and wheels. Women who responded to the survey tended to spend less than men when doing so.

45. The therapeutic, relaxing effect on the arteries provided by drinking a few cups of ordinary black tea is wiped out if milk is added to the drink.

46. About two-thirds of students play video and computer games – 82 percent of male students and 59 percent of female students. Only about one quarter said they play games often with someone of the opposite sex.

47. Infants born to mothers who eat fruits while breastfeeding will be more receptive to eating those foods later in life.

48. While lunging toward krill and fish with an open mouth, a single-fin whale can engulf up to 2,900 cubic feet of the ocean soup, which is almost equal to the volume of a large school bus.

49. The parasitic jewel wasp uses a venom injected directly into a cockroach’s brain to inhibit its victim’s free will and its motivation to walk. Unble to fight back, the "zombie" cockroach can be pulled into the wasp’s underground lair, where an egg is laid in its abdomen. The larva later hatches and eats the still living but incapacitated cockroach from the inside out.

50. Mercury has an Earthlike molten core that wobbles like a raw egg does when spun on a countertop.