I loved the books, and I still LOVE the Wilder version. I don't care that Roald Dahl didn't like it, it stands on it's own as a great film. I adored as a food junkie child and even now I get the urge to watch every few years. The new one just couldn't live up to it for me. I didn't like the CGI oompa loompas, either, and frankly I've forgotten everything else about it besides Depp's costume. I get that Burton's vision is different, and closer to the book. It's interesting to see his take, but there's no contest for me. I think a lot of people felt that way. I just can't evaluate it on its own merits. I AM looking forward to Alice in Wonderland, though. There are so many versions already that I'm not faithful to one. Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Resveratrol is supposed to make you live longer, too. Ashkenazi Jews have a mutation that make them live longer, healthier lives under the right circumstances. That's my problem with life extending research. My 90 year old ashkenazi grandmother who is in perfect health aside from Alzheimer's. I know I don't want to live that long when I haven't seen a single suggestion of preserved cognitive functioning to go along with that old age. 110 and counting with dementia? No, thanks. People on CR must be betting on a cure within their lifetime. There's something to be said for advancing one part and expecting the other to catch up, I'm just not an optimist. (I am, however, verbose)
I wish I could remember which fish (I want to say chichlid)only has one fertile male in a group that's a more vivid color than the rest. When the fertile male goes missing, a sterile male (not sure how it knows it's the next up) starts to change color after a few days and becomes fertile after a few more.
And those monstery looking anglerfish that live so deep that they never see any light? In some of the species, it's so hard to find a mate that when a male (tiny in comparison to the female) finds a female, he latches on with his teeth until becoming partially absorbed--an appendage--like a little sperm factory that she can seemingly control along with her reproductive cycle to release sperm when needed. Researchers didn't know there WAS a male at all for years, he was unrecognizable as a separate fish.
Reproduction is pretty complex for a lot of species, like bees and wasps. We get used to thinking of gender and reproduction in mammalian terms. It gets tough to imagine things like this (and stranger) exist in nature. I find it all fascinating. I wish more people knew about all the variety out there, it seems like it might make people more open minded.
I'm guessing this has something to do with our evolution when food was scarce. Low calorie intake was the norm, all this extra stuff we're jamming into ourselves is making us sick. No surprise there. The mediterranean diet also has health and longevity benefits but you get to have wine and food that actually tastes good. I'd be mean if I was hungry all the time. You become obsessed with food. Ask anyone on a strict diet. Anorexics become chefs pretty often.