How to eat something larger than yourself (The Funny Side)
"An alligator can eat a quarter of its bodyweight in a single meal, equivalent to a human eating 89 bowls of rice," a reader told me in an electronic conversation.
 
I was not impressed. Ever seen teenagers eat? Eighty-nine bowls is just the appetizer.
 
This exchange was triggered by a March 3 news report that a snake had been seen in Florida eating a deer larger than itself. The snake became a new Dining Hero for my son and myself, replacing TV's Miss Piggy, whose sensible eating plan is: "Never eat anything you cannot lift."
 
How did you eat something larger than you are?
 
Snakes temporarily dislocate their upper and lower jaws so that they can eat big things, including cows and buffaloes, said a herpetologist friend via email. (Humans have to do the same when eating those extra-tall burgers.)
 
A bird-lover in our office commented that some songbirds eat a meal of insects roughly every two seconds during their waking hours. That's 30 meals a minute! Definitely worth adding them to our Dining Heroes list.
 
Listening to this conversation was a colleague who was on a diet where you have six small meals a day. (I told her I totally loved the sound of that, except for the word "small".)
 
The discussion became a competition. "Forget alligators. A growing hummingbird consumes TWICE its weight in food every single day," the bird-lover said.
 
Impressive. In human terms, that would be equivalent to a teenaged boy eating a couple of sheep a day. Could teens really do that? I texted one to ask. "If you put them on a pizza, or cooked them as rogan josh, sure," was his reply (after translation from teenspeak).
 
But would it be dangerous? I phoned a doctor friend who said that physicians used to think it was impossible to eat yourself to death. But in 1985, top medical journal The Lancet reported a case in which a 23-year-old woman consumed one pound (450 grams) of liver, two pounds of kidneys, an eight ounce steak, two eggs, a pound of cheese, two slices of bread, a pound of mushrooms, two pounds of carrots, a cauliflower, 10 peaches, four pears, two apples, four bananas, two pounds of plums, two pounds of grapes, and two glasses of milk. She was rushed to hospital where surgeons cut her open -- but she died before they could remove her lunch.
 
It reminded me of a true story from this column in 2014. A woman ate so much to celebrate Lunar New Year that she exploded. A nutritionist at Beijing Friendship Hospital said the 58-year-old patient felt ill from overeating and demanded a lunchectomy. The electric knife used by a surgeon provided a spark which met combustible gases from alcohol, causing a messy explosion in the operating theatre.
 
I don't wish to be morbid or anything, but you have to admit, if you have to die, this is pretty cool way to go. You eat all your favourite foods, and before even your weighing scale can reproach you, BOOM. You're done.
 
And someone else has to clean up the mess.
 
Now please excuse me while I go dislocate my jaw.
 
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    90th Oscars: 'Shape of Water' leads at politically painted show
    "The Shape of Water" emerged as the big winner with four honours at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony -- including Best Picture -- where celebration of cinema was laced with political jibes as well as powerful statements on debates like sexual harassment, immigration and gender balance that are plaguing Hollywood.
     
    Gary Oldman won Best Actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" and actress Frances McDormand nabbed her second best actress Oscar for "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri", two decades after winning an award for "Fargo". 
     
    There were jibes at US president Donald Trump and disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, while some celebrities pledged support to immigrants and pitched for gender balance in the industry.
     
    India had missed the Oscar race in the foreign film category this year with "Newton" being ousted in initial stages of the shortlist.
     
    Also, Indian actor Ali Fazal-starrer "Victoria & Abdul" and Anupam Kher-starrer "The Big Sick" lost on their chance to win an Oscar.
     
    Celebrated Indian screen legends Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi were remembered during the "In Memoriam" montage along with late Hollywood icons like John Heard, Tony Anne Walker, Jane Foray, Robert Osborne, Martin Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry Lewis.
     
    Popular TV host Jimmy Kimmel opened the night at Dolby Theatre here on Sunday by revisiting the past.
     
    He took a swipe at last year's Best Picture winner fiasco wherein "La La Land" was accidentally awarded instead of "Moonlight" due to an envelope mix-up, saying: "This year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away". 
     
    The 'envelopegate' was quite a scene-stealer at the event, aired in India on Star Movies and Star Movies HD.
     
    Amid the sexual misconduct allegations that have emerged in Hollywood and across the world since complaints against disgraced producer Weinstein came to the fore, Kimmel poked fun at the Oscar statuette.
     
    "Oscar is a very respected man in Hollywood, just look at him. He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no penis at all. He's literally a statue of limitation," he quipped.
     
    Kimmel also urged the winners to say whatever they wanted -- be it on sexual harassment or any other issue -- but keep it short. 
     
    He also offered a Jet Ski to anyone who gave the shortest speech, which finally went to Mark Bridges, who won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for "Phantom Thread" for his approximately 30-second acceptance note. 
     
    Coming to the winners, "The Shape Of Water" dominated the show -- much like this year's nominations -- with four awards. It came as a surprise considering filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for the film. He took home the golden statuette in the Best Director category for the film.
     
    "The Shape Of Water", which tells a story of a deaf woman's love for an aquatic creature, was also named as the Best Picture, along with Best Production Design and Best Score accolades. 
     
    Oldman, scoring his first Oscar for "Darkest Hour", said: "The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream." 
     
    "Darkest Hour" also earned a Make-up and Hairstyling award. 
     
    Actress Frances McDormand got here latest Oscar for her role as a grieving mother who takes on the police chief of Ebbing for not doing enough to find her daughter's murderer in "Three Billboards ...". 
     
    McDormand, 60, pipped, among others, "The Post" star Meryl Streep, who scored her 21st nomination and the 17th in this category at the Oscars. 
     
    McDormand left an impact with her acceptance speech after she asked every female nominee in the room to stand up, and asked male gatekeepers to ask them about their projects and ideas not just at Oscar after-parties, but in office meetings following awards season.
     
    As her fellow nominees stood, she said: "We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed." She urged stars to demand inclusion riders -- requirements for gender or racial diversity -- in their contracts.
     
    "Coco" was named as Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2018, and co-director Lee Unkrich dedicated the honour to the people and culture of Mexico, saying "representation matters". 
     
    Some records were also set. 
     
    At 89, filmmaker James Ivory became the oldest Oscar winner for his adapted screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name". And Jordan Peele became the first African-American original screenplay winner for "Get Out". 
     
    Actors Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney picked up Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress honours. 
     
    Extending support to the 'Dreamers' in the US, Pakistan-origin comedian Kumail Nanjiani and actress Lupita Nyong'o from Kenya also took a dig at their own immigrant status.
     
    "We are the two actors who you keep hearing about but whose names you have trouble pronouncing," Nyong'o quipped. 
     
    Nanjiani added: "Actually, I have to complain... Kumail Nanjiani is my stage name. My actual given Pakistani name is Chris Pine. So you can imagine how annoyed I was when the other, the white one showed up... The real Chris Pine…
     
    "And I am from Pakistan and Iowa, two places that nobody from Hollywood can find on the map."
     
    Actresses Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra, who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, walked on the stage at Oscars 2018 to stress on the need to change the culture in Hollywood with focus on diversity and equality.
     
    The ceremony was about hope and positivity, as Judd said the next 90 years of the Academy Awards will "empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusivity, intersectionality -- that's what this year has promised us".
     
    There was also a performance by Common and Andra Day, along with social activists, who shared the stage while the artistes performed the "Stand up for something" from the film "Marshall".
     
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    Over 20% of women surveyed are ready to spend up to Rs20 lakh on their wedding, says Matrimony.com
    A survey revealed that 20.6% of females were planning to spend Rs10 to Rs20 lakh, while it was 11.2% of males for the same spending bracket. 6.1% female respondents said they were going to spend Rs20 to Rs40 lakh on the wedding, according to a release from Matrimony.com
     
    To understand how the young Indians look at planning their own wedding, Matrimony.com undertook The Big Fat Indian Wedding Market Survey 2018 in which 9,246 people all over India had participated online.
     
    In tune with the prevailing tradition of wedding expenses being heavier on the bride’s side, more 20.6% of females indicated they were going to spend Rs10 to Rs20 lakh while it was 11.2% of males for the same spending bracket. In the same spending bracket, North India indicated highest propensity to spend with 18.6%, South 12%, West 11.1% and East 10.9%. 
     
    6.1% female respondents said they are ready to spend Rs20 to Rs40 lakh on the wedding, while 3% males opted to spend the same amount, according to the release.
     
    JEWELLERY 
     
    22.14% females responded that they would be spending Rs4 to Rs5 lakh on wedding jewellery, while 13% said more than Rs5 lakh and 13.89% indicated they would d be spending more than Rs10 lakh. For the males, it was 19.52%, 8.1% and 6.0% respectively. The finding also revealed that 50.98% of females and 66.24% of males will be spending upto Rs3 lakh for wedding jewellery. 
     
    Region-wise North and South did not show much of a difference in the spend patterns as 20.38% of the former said they’d be purchasing jewellery worth Rs4 to Rs5 lakh, 9.47% would spend more than Rs5 lakh and 6.24% more than Rs10 lakh. While the same for South was 20.94%, 9.62% and 8.54% respectively. 
     
    FOOD
     
    31.84% of females indicated that they were planning to spend between Rs2 and Rs5 lakh, while 7.87% said they would spend more than Rs5 lakh. It was 27.62% and 6.90% for males respectively.
     
    35.32% in the North said they plan to spend Rs2 to Rs4 lakh, while East was 29.36%, South was 26.49% and West was 25.78%. In the more than Rs5 lakh expenses group, it was 11.89%, 6.93%, 5.57% and 6.14% respectively for the four regions.
     
    DESTINATION WEDDING
     
    27% of male respondents wanted a destination wedding, while only 19.3% males were looking forward to a destination wedding.

    29% of respondents from the North preferred a destination wedding, for South it was 24%, West 25% and East 22.8%.  
     
    WEDDING PLANNER
     
    40.31% of males indicated that they are planning to use a wedding planner while 36.21% females indicate yes for the same, in the survey.
     
    WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
     
    27.08% females indicated that they were likely to spend between Rs50k and Rs1 lakh, while 25.84% men indicated the same. 5.85% females indicated they are likely to spend more than Rs1 lakh, while 5.70% men indicated the same.
     
    WEDDING CLOTHES
     
    20.22% females indicated that they were likely to spend more than Rs1 lakh on their wedding clothes, while 40.67% said they would spend between Rs50k to Rs1 lakh. While the same for males were 15.24% and 39.92%.
     
    WEDDING MANDAP
     
    According to the survey, 25.12% females indicated that they were likely to spend one to Rs2 Lakh on the wedding mandap, while 6.74% said they would spend above Rs2 lakh. While the same for males were 22.02% and 5.81%.
     
    HONEYMOON
     
    When asked about their favourite honeymoon destination, Indians across gender indicated Goa, Kerala, Shimla and Manali as the preferred destinations within India; and Switzerland, Maldives and Singapore were their preferred international honeymoon destinations, concluded Matrimony.com in its survey findings.
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