Wazza News! – Part II

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The universe is huge. It’s just huge. We’re going to spend our entire life educating ourselves about new things – new hobbies, new skills, information about the tens of thousands of cultures, technological advances, linguistic variations, psychology and behavioural characteristics of various humans, space discoveries, and new facts. Even then, it’s never going to be possible for us to be exposed to even 0.1% of all the stuff out there. It might peak at 1% for Barrack Obama, or the NASA guys. Or Batman. (Kidding, Batman is fictional.) But that doesn’t mean we stop learning – because that would imply we stop living.

I’m not going to try to increase that percentage. We’ve got Wikipedia for that. I will, however, pursue to entertain you with these weird, hilarious facts.

(Missed out part 1 of this series? No worries, check it out here.)

A Pizza Parlour in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England claims to serve its customers the world’s ‘hottest pizza’. Nicknamed Death By Pizza, it is so spicy that it can make people’s tongues bleed! Definitely wouldn’t want that to happen to me – love my tongue too much for that. What’s more, the pizza, which is full of 20 Trinidadian Moruga scorpion chillies (yes, that’s an intimidating name), even induces heart attacks. It rates a whopping 12 million units on the Scoville scale, which is used to rank spicy food.

During the Sochi Olympics, the US security officials had issued warnings to all airlines that were operating outbound flights flying to Russia to check for toothpastes which may contain dissolved ingredients to prepare bombs while the flight is air borne. I have to say, the terrorists do have a creative mind, don’t you think? If you think the security officials were out of their minds to issue such a warning, you should probably know that in 2009, a nigerian man tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a US bound airliner.

The Walking Dead fans will probably know that the mid season kicked off recently, about two months back. Well, the advertising people went a step ahead this time to publicise the return of the mid season. They staged an elaborately thought out prank in New York City to scare people out of their minds at Union Square Park. Dressed in meticulous zombie costumes with the elaborate make ups, similar to that in the show, these people were ‘lurking’ in the sidewalk grates, with hands dangling out of the iron bars, to get a grab at peoples’ legs. You can easily imagine the magnitude of the shock those poor pedestrians must have received! Wait, why don’t you watch the clip yourself?

As you all should probably know by now, (it’s a shame if you don’t. Seriously.) WhatsApp was recently bought by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a staggering 19 billion dollars. WhatsApp, supposedly the most popular instant messaging service, is used by 450 million users, while adding an astounding 1 million per day! What is more interesting to note, is that the widely used service hires only 55 people, 37 of them being engineers. That is ingeniously simply mind blowing.

UK crime author, Lynn Shepherd, found herself at the receiving end of many angry remarks and hate comments after she urged JK Rowling to stop writing because she “had [her] turn” and that the other authors needed “room to breathe”. While I appreciate her guts to make such bold statements, I certainly do not appreciate the intention behind it. As a wild fan of Harry Potter, I greatly respect JK Rowling and her fantastic writing. But if you think about it, this lady actually improved Rowling’s reputation, by highlighting the fact that Rowling is one of the toughest competitors in the world in the field of writing. Gotta thank her for that. I think it’s fair to assume that Rowling didn’t even have to bat an eyelid to combat this crazy lady – the millions of fans, including authors, did it for her.

Starting this April, all climbers with a dream to scale the world’s tallest mountain will automatically have to become garbage pickers. Those who make it past the base camp of Mt. Everest will have to bring back at least 8 kilograms of garbage – a bold move taken by the Nepali Government in a desperate measure to declutter the beautiful mountain peak. An estimated 13 tonnes of waste has been accumulated since 2008 – including oxygen cylinders, human waste, and, yes, hiker’s dead bodies which haven’t been decomposed due to the subzero temperatures.

This one’s quite hilarious. An American airlines plane was forced to divert to Kansas city of an emergency landing due to  – brace yourselves – not a technical glitch, but because of Whitney Houston. Yep, you read that right. Shortly after taking off, an avid fan of Whitney Houston started singing, raucously indeed,  I will Always Love You, which won Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994. The other passengers could bear with the singing for a while, but later on it got too irritating, ultimately requiring involvement of the flight marshals, who handcuffed her and took her away. There’s even a clip of it on YouTube.

A crazy man in New Zealand lost a bet five years ago and actually went ahead to take the penalty – the  official changing of his name to a 99 character one. Fortunately, the New Zealand laws don’s allow names more than 100 characters, otherwise it’s hard to imagine what form his name would have taken. I’m sure you’re interested to know what his official name is. Well, here goes – Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova. 

That’s it for now. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any of such stupid crazy facts. Stay tuned!

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Let Me Take You For A Musical Ride On A Big Jet Plane

Music triggers all – Electric currents of Nostalgic pangs flowing through the body. Invigorating minds. Sending shivers down the spine. 

“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people, and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.”

– David Groehl

I believe every piece of good music has a tale to tell. Every definite note, every subtle element, every frivolous tune and every unique beat strikes up a different memory. Taking us to a different era altogether, good or bad – Sometimes, gripping us, numbing us, paralysing us in awe of its power. But it’s a personal tale, known to no one, but us. Which is what makes it so special.

It seems so fitting to compare music to Dumbledore’s Pensieve in Harry Potter. Only, in this case, we don’t voluntarily store memories. The ‘commit to memory’ is always on. We’re always going to associate our most liked song of a certain period of time with that time. And when listened to later, this song is what is going to help us experience those past times. Subtly, but surely, helping us to delve into the labyrinth of a mind palace existing in the folds of our brains.

Music is powerful enough to become a religion. It has the power to assuage any sort of grief. Or better yet, it serves as infallible solace in those troubled times when it seems impossible that the sun is going to rise. And it just gets stronger every time we escape into its Elysium. Ultimately leading us to finding musical bliss in Blissful music, and isn’t that exactly what we aim to do?

Let me share with you some of my music. While I like to think that I have a pretty good music collection, you’re free to feel otherwise.

The effective Antidepressants and Bubbles of Happiness

Worried that your noradrenaline levels have dipped to a new low resulting in the sulkiest mood of all time? Then you must try these songs!

  1. Counting Stars – OneRepublic. This song simple makes you feel alive.
  2. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz. The simplistic theme of this song is what appeals to so many people on so many different levels.
  3. Belief – John Mayer.
  4. Cello Song – The Piano Guys. This song is an absolute masterpiece by these guys.
  5. Starlight – Slash.
  6. Ordinary Love – U2. I think this is the best song U2 has ever composed! No wonder it got nominated for the Oscars!
  7. Heart Skipped A Beat – The xx. Another personal favourite. The guitar in the latter part is just crazy.
  8. Lazarus – Porcupine Tree. This song is happiness redefined.

Add-ons: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons, Heart Of Life – John Mayer, Sweeter – Gavin DeGraw, Love – Matt White, Funny The Way It Is – Dave Matthews Band. 

Dance Dance Revelation

Warning: These songs are going to pump huge dosages of Adrenaline through out your body, forcing you to drop everything you’re holding and start waltzing away like a maniac. (So please ensure your hands are free.)

  1. You Will Leave A Mark – A Silent Film.
  2. Up In The Air – 30 Seconds To Mars.
  3. Trespassing – Adam Lambert. That flamboyant artist has delivered.
  4. Annie’s Theme – Afrojack. This song is going to get you rocking in no time.
  5. I Need Your Love – Calvin Harrris
  6. Typical – MuteMath.
  7. Electric Daisy Violin – Lindsey Stirling. (If you like this song, make sure to check out the entire album by her.)

Add-Ons : My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy, Belly Belly Nice – Dave Matthews Band.

Pacifying Tranquillisers

Before taking those crazy side-effects clad drugs to deal with your stressed out life, or giving in to alcoholism to calm the brain down, why don’t you give these a try? I’m sure they’ll work like a charm.

  1. In Loving Memory – Alter Bridge. This song is really special to my heart. It has never failed to get me out of anger.
  2. Big Jet Plane – Julia & Angus Stone.
  3. Mad Sounds – Arctic Monkeys. These people are uniquely brilliant. Their new album, AM, is simply genius. It’s got a subtle rustic guitar theme to it.
  4. Fly Me To The Moon – Atlantic Five Jazz Band. Jazz music always does wonders to appease anger.
  5. Fix You – Coldplay.
  6. Soleil – Dualist Inquiry.
  7. Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World.
  8. Black Tables – Other Lives.
  9. Night Beds – Ramona.
  10. Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead.

Add-ons: Of – Broadway Project, Sleep – Poets Of The Fall

Thoughtful Melancholy

This one’s to satisfy that ruminating side of yours. Sometimes we just like to sit back, relax, and think about life. These songs just help to accelerate and trigger those ideas.

  1. I’m Not Yours – Angus & Julia Stone. Light me up a cigarette, put it in my mouth…
  2. One Last Breath – Creed.
  3. Call Your Name – Daughtry.
  4. My Immortal – Evanescence.
  5. The Way It Ends – Landon Pigg.
  6. I’ll Follow You – Shinedown.
  7. Another Love – Tom Odell. I wanna cry. I wanna learn to love, but all my tears have been used up… 

Era Of The 90’s

Although I don’t have any memories of the 90’s, the unexplainable mood that these songs create appeal to my brain wonderfully.

  1. Streets Of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen. This song is surreal. Especially the lyrics.
  2. Always Somewhere – The Scorpions.
  3. Take On Me – a-ha.
  4. I Want To Break Free – Queen.
  5. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Pure Ecstasy

These are the sort of songs that I would love to listen to on a long night drive, driving around the countryside, cutting through the mountains, trees on both sides, with the cool rustic air mixed with an aroma of wet mud slapping across my face. Just thinking about such an exhilarating experience excites me.

(The Order works its way towards the best song.)

11. Get Lucky (Feat. Pharrell Williams) – Daft Punk. These two french artists, who rarely appear in public without their robot costumes are geniuses when it comes to the guitar.

10. Dig – Incubus.

9. Otherside – Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

8. Wait For Me – Motopony. The background beats really enhance the entire song.

7. Tamer Animals – Other Lives.

6. Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel. This is probably the best song by Simon & Garkfukel. The lyrics to this song are really something.

5. Lazarus – Porcupine Tree.

4. Angels – The xx. This band is another special one. The beats of almost every song by them are superb.

3.  Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National. I love the chorus! It will require a few listens before you begin to appreciate its beauty. Just stick with it.

2. The Noose – A Perfect Circle.

1. House Of Cards – Radiohead. Sensational. Mind blowing. Fabulous. The guitar is god-like. The lyrics are beautiful. The way they approach stark reality, it’s just unbelievable. It’s a multicoloured song. Whenever I listen to it, I am completely consumed by the song alone. It fills up my mind, mollifying me, caring for me. (you will need to listen to it for more than a few times to realise its true potential.)

And Lastly, a music video. Because a music post cannot be complete without a music video. While I personally find the music in the video a tiny bit vexatious, the video is pretty damn cool, portraying, according to me, a very simple message: Spread The Happiness; Spread The Love.

Enjoy.

*The title of the post is inspired by Big jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone. This duo is coming damn close to becoming my favourite artist. Thank you, Raashi, for suggesting it to me.*