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Five things you need to know about (4/4/11)

Natalie DelCastillo


“21” by Adele:
Adele, an English singer and songwriter, released her second album this past January and it is far from the typical dreaded sophomore slump. While her first album, “19,” was also a hit, the two-year gap between both albums helped her improve in many ways coming from stronger vocal techniques to extremely sentimental lyrics. This album reigned on the UK Billboard charts at No. 1 for nine consecutive weeks, which hasn’t been done in 10 years, since the Beatles “1” compilation was released. Tracks to look out for throughout the album are “I’ll Be Waiting,” which speaks of rekindling an old flame and “Someone Like You,” a piano ballad that is accompanied with lyrics that express a person coming to terms with a failed relationship. Also, Adele covers The Cure’s “Lovesong” and let’s just say that this cover blows the rest of them out of the water.


“The Zombie Survival Guide”:
For all you zombie fanatics out there, this is a book to add to your must-read list. American author Max Brooks published “The Zombie Survival Guide” in 2003 and it is exactly what the title states. This book is a detailed survival handbook in case a fictional zombie assault occurs.  “The Zombie Survival Guide” is illustrated and extremely detailed on how to live through a zombie apocalypse. Brooks’ creation is currently No. 21 on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

This blogger takes the classic “Peanuts” comic strip, created by Charles Schulz, and gives it a bit of twist. “Peanuts” is thought of as one of the most well-written and influential comic strips of all time. Debuting this famous comic strip in October, 1950, Schulz’s creation was run in over 2,600 newspapers at its peak. This website posts a different strip every day and takes out the last panel of each strip. Most people know that Schulz closes the strip with a joke that wraps up the usual despair that occurs in the “Peanuts” world. While it may be slightly depressing, it’s weirdly funny to read the comic in a new way.


The original version of this film came out in 1981, starring Dudley Moore, John Gielgud and Liza Minnelli. Moore’s character, Arthur Bach, is a playboy that is also a drunk and embarrasses his family at all times. If it weren’t for his father figure butler, Mr. Hobson, played by Gielgud, Arthur would barely have a conscience for the crazy things he does. Arthur is arranged to marry a fellow socialite, but is not in love with her. His grandmother threatens to take away his inheritance if he doesn’t go through with this marriage even though he’s in love with another woman, Linda. This film was just recreated and is set to come out this Thursday, April 7, at a theater near you. The 2011 version stars Russell Brand as Arthur and Helen Mirren as Nanny Hobson; a bit different from the original, but with the same plot line.


With Mother Nature throwing curveballs every day, you should stay protected! Our weather has been in the high 70s and then turned to the low 40s and snowing the next day. Being a college student, you come in contact with a lot of people, so germs are definitely going to spread. Emergen-C is a powder mix made up of Vitamin C and lots of other useful vitamins and minerals. The best time to take it is immediately after you start feeling bad. If you catch it early, you can stop the cold almost immediately.

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