Saturday, July 31, 2010

Seeing Things

Okay. Because everybody has been asking...Wait, what? What do you mean only one person asked? I'll have you know that Unmitigated qualifies as "everybody", as far as I'm concerned.A-a-a n y w a y... since someone asked, here's my process on the tile picture.Colors are not great because I had to take pictures with my cell phone (as if it wasn't odd enough to take my phone into the bathroom, it

Friday, July 30, 2010

Bencinta...

Benarkan ku 'tuk berbicara...
Bicara terus ke hati mu.. Hati mu..
Hati yang penuh rasa ragu
Jangan terus pergi
Tanpa mendengar ku
Mungkin mudah
Untuk kau terus berlalu
Nanti dulu
Berikanlah waktu
Untuk aku, untuk kamu



Ingatkah lagi waktu kau bersama ku
Kaku aku melihat mu
Lidah kelu sedangkan aku
Mahu kau tahu
Aku cinta pada mu
Benci pada mu
Cinta pada mu



Ke tepi lihat ku berlalu
Pasti itu yang terbaik untuk ku
Tiada lagi mahu ku tahu
Tentang hidup kamu
Tentang mati kamu
Aku tahu
Engkau tahu apa yang mata ku tahu
Apa yang kau tunggu
Mahu aku buka pintu?



Ingatkah lagi waktu kau bersama ku
Kaku aku melihat mu
Sedang aku mahu kau tahu
Dengar kata ku
Aku cinta pada mu
Benci pada mu
Cinta pada mu

Sakitnya aku
Membenci kamu
Sakit lagi mencintai mu
Dan aku pergi
Tapi kembali
Benci aku mencintai diri mu

Ku benci... Kamu

                                                                               Ku cinta... Kamu


lagu ni merupakan direct intrepetation perasaan aku pada ex aku. pedih...perit...x pernah aku sangka....

BFF - Best Friends Forever!!??

Baru je abih chatting ngan kawan bek aku ( A ) ... a very nice and funny girl. Rasa selesa bila aku ngan dia communicate..x de barrier walaupun aku admit ada jugak benda2 yang aku x gitau dia lagi....maybe in time..
A successful young girl...junior aku masa skola dolu dolu...still kemetot cam masa skola dolu dolu...hahahaha..tapi aku x pernah sangka dia lebih keloloh dari aku!!
Sorang lagi kawan bek aku yang aku ceritakan segala-galanya pasal aku ialah ( F ). Memang understanding sangat...never demand anything from me...and I really do love her as a friend. cuma aku kena pandai jaga situation sebab dia BINI orang...hahahahaha!!
Anyway...I'm still me...alone...loved by no one...except my Maker...Alhamdulillah.

Mine

Do you ever look at ceiling tiles or floor tiles, or anything else that has a texture, and see a picture in the pattern? Like a face, or an animal or Michael Jackson, the Virgin Mary or something?If you have, you know what I'm talking about. If not, you think I'm nuts, and I'm fine with that, too.I see pictures in and on stuff all the time. Usually faces. And last week I saw a picture in the

Wheeeee!!!

Jap tadi ada sorang kawan tu kol...tapi jap je...bila aku angkat dia x nak ckp....so aku kol dia balik....
hahahaha...so confusing....but that was the first time I heard voice dia..cam katy perry kata " like a hard candy with a surprise centre "...hahahaha... a pleaseant surprise. I'm listening to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepp ...sojuk la bilik nih!! hampeh...kalo ada selimut lebih best nih...dolu masa ada isteri x yah selimut pon x pa...skang dah bujang balik!!?? hahahahaha!!!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

Cinta pada tuhan ...kan lagi baek!!??

Kadang-kadang kita tengok ada member kita dalam rumah sendiri membuat perkara membuang masa. Mungkin kita nampak perkara tu dan kemudian kita tidak berbuat apa-apa.



Kenapa agaknya?


Adakah kerana kita berbaik sangka yang takpe la..nnt dier sedar la tu. Sampai masa ada la kot orang tegur. Mungkin ayah dier nanti akan tegur. Ataupun..sebenarnya dalam hati kita tanpa kita sedar kita dah merelakan perkara tu berlaku. Atau kita sebenarnya terbiasa dengan membiarkan jahiliyah kecil berlaku sehingga tiada rasa benci kepada kemungkaran.


Wait..jahiliyah kecil jer kan. Bukan membunuh orang or berzina pun… ; kalau begitu yang kita fikirkan, sememangnya dunia dan dosa dah mula bertapak di dalam hati. Jahiliyah yang kecil la sebenarnya akan membawa kepada jahiliyah yang besar. Sedangkan Allah berfirman untuk kita bersama islam sepenuhnya. Dan itu sudah cukup men-invalid-kan dakwaan bahawa jahiliyah kecil is tolerable.


If dalam peristiwa Bilal dikeji pon Nabi dengan tegas menegur para sahabat, apatah lagi jahiliyah-jahiliyah yang kita buat zaman sekarang ni. Kalau dulu tertengok aurat pun sahabat dah rasa bersalah..sekarang ni kita mungkin terbiasa untuk sesama kita sendiri menonton movie-movie ‘islami’ yang dilakonkan oleh mereka yang berlakon ‘islami’..tapinyer..kadang-kadang mereka yang berlakon tu tak menutup aurat pon dalam movie tu.


Sahabat.. jangan bermudah dengan kita banyak memberi rukhsah dan kita compromise dengan mudah dalam perkara-perkara yang kecil. Menonton movie ‘islami’ pon kononnyer.. mendengar lagu yang bersifat duniawi walaupun mungkin ada perkataan ‘Tuhan’, ‘taubat’ dalam liriknya.


Kadang-kadang kita perlu bertegas dalam isu ini. Lebih-lebih lagi di kalangan mereka yang mengaku membawa dakwah.


Dalam isu bersama dengan orang yang masih belum faham dengan islam..ada rukhsahnya. Memang dalam untuk memahami mereka, kita perlu mengenali latar belakang mereka. Namun kerana alasan ini la ditakuti penggerak dakwah sendiri tidak nampak di mana batasan. Dan akhirnya apa itu jahiliyah sudah tidak disedari. Malah semakin tiada rasa bersalah kalau kita sesama kita pun dah terbuat. Malah dipromote lagi…


kadang-kadang kita terfikir mengapa dakwah yang kita buat ni bagaikan tiada hasil atau cahaya harapannya. Adik-adik dan masyarakat seolah tidak terasa sentuhan kita. Seorang pernah berkata:
‘Kenapa student-student sekarang ni tak rasa segan silu berkepit bertepuk tampar depan kita ye?’


Good point di situ: masyarakat luar dah tak nampak kita ni significant dan kehadiran kita seolah tiada aura dalam masyarakat.


Mungkin dan besar kemungkinannya..kerana jahiliyah itu sendiri berlegar di kalangan pendakwah. Maka sinar cahaya tu Allah tarik balik dan akhirnya kita sendiri akan tersingkir dari medan dakwah. Time to bring a new generation mungkin. Allahuakbar. Betapa ruginya kita..




Wallahua’lam, sekadar berkongsi, dan moga kita sendiri mampu mengorak langkah baru. Jahilyah-free insyaALlah.






wassalam....
Badak

Cinta??? amende tu??

1. Cinta itu KOMITMEN.

Cinta, tak boleh main-main. Cinta perlu komitmen. Bukan main campak buang semacam. Perlu dirancang dan dilaksana sebaik mungkin.
Tak bolehlah nak bergaduh, paksa-paksa dan mengabaikan tanggungjawab pada pasangan. Untuk yang dah berkahwin, nafkah wajib dipenuhi. Amanah sebagai suami isteri kena ditunaikan sebaiknya. Komited sebagai suami yang mithali, ummi yang solehah, agar dapat melahirkan anak-anak yang afiq, yang arif, yang anis, yang santun. Menjadikan rumahtangga dipenuhi mahabbah, mawaddah dan sakinah

2. Cinta itu intuitive: NALURI.
Cinta itu sifatnya naluri. Apa tu orang kata, “cinta itu di hati”. Bercinta yang hangat bila kita dapat merasai apa yang dirasai oleh orang yang kita sayang.
Jika taknak disakiti, kita tak menyakitkan hati orang lain. Jika nak disayang, kita akan memberi kasih sayang seluhurnya. Jika ada rasa bimbang, seringnya kita akan dapat merasa. Macam cinta ibu pada anak-anak. Sering mereka dapat rasa apa yang anak-anak mereka buat, yang baik atau tak baik untuk anak-anak, kan?

3. Cinta itu sebahagian nature: FITRAH
Cinta itu fitrah. Betul. Bila Nabi Adam dicipta, baginda rasa kesunyian. Allah ciptakan Hawa sebagai peneman. Rasa ingin disayangi dan menyayangi tu fitrah manusia. Yang perempuan minat pada seorang lelaki. Ada lelaki jatuh cinta pada seorang wanita. Cinta itu benar dan suci.

4. Cinta sering terletak di puncak: TOP
Bila ada rasa cinta, kita akan sama-sama bekerjasama, saling mengasihi. Itulah nilai yang mengikat kita semua untuk terus bersatu. Sekuat cinta Tuhan yang memberikan pelbagai nikmat hidup, cinta itu di puncak kehidupan.

5. Cinta itu sifatnya ALTRUISTIC.
Apa ke mende tu?? Aa, altruistik maknanya melebihkan orang lain dari diri sendiri. Dalam lughah disebut al-itsar.Erti pengorbanan di sini.Bila cinta, kita sanggup berkorban untuk yang kita cinta dan kasihi.

Bila ada niat untuk membahagiakan yang lain, maka kita akan usahakan yang terbaik untuk memenuhi kehidupannya dengan bahagia dan sempurna. InsyaAllah...Alhamdulillah

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Diary of a Drug Fiend...

Ini adalah pengakuan ikhlas dari aku untuk sesiapa saja yang baru nak blaja kenal aku...
Aku adalah bekas seorang penagih tegar yang hidup dimuka bumi Allah ini dengan harapan dapat keredhaan Allah SWT dan kasih sayang dariNya.
Aku x kisah apa orang nak kata ataupun persepsi masyarakat 'orang kita' terhadap aku kerana aku tahu apa yang aku mahukan dari hidup ini..Alhamdulillah.
Let us start..
At a tender age of 9 yrs old...I've started to smoke..heavily,
then at 13 I gradually moved on to the stronger stuff...alcohol, glue sniffing and weeds.
I started to peddle my first load when I was 14yrs old by selling weed/ganja to my fellow mates. Not many people know about my extra curricular activities although my teachers do realize that I've been skipping classes.
Masa aku umo 15 tahun lepas SRP ( SRP lagi masa tu!! ) ..aku kena buang daerah dari Kuala Muda/ Yan ke Kulim/ Bandar Baharu.
To cut the story short...during my years in IIUM..I did all kind of drugs...
metamphetamine crystal ( ice ), opium, heroin, ganja, amphetamine ( kuda ), ketamine, LSD, cocaine...basically anything that can make me go high!!
Had my brushes with the law..been in prison once ( x mau dah!! ).
Then suddenly I stopped...don't ask me how...I just went cold turkey....
The pain was so bad...I'm on the verge of suicide...
Tapi Alhamdulillah...Allah SWT sayangkan hambanya...asalkan kita nak berubah...
Aku x tau brapa lama lagi aku akan stay sober...setakat nih aku masih bertahan...
Anyway ...this is my life story and whomever wanted to be my buddy should know it...

Confession of ....me part II


I like: Swimming
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Coffee (a lot)
Photography
Mythology
Theology
History (Pre 1930s, Post Roman Era, Uthmaniah Empire and Prophet Muhammad PBUH life)
Science (Except Physics)
Reading ( A self confessed bibliophile )
Writing
Anthropology
Art (Boris Vallejo/Julie Bell/HR Giger)
Tattoos
Anything Pirate related
Cooking
Flea markets
Dark, creepy things/places
Peanut butter M&Ms
Antiques (does not include old people)


I don't like:
Ignorance
Cheaters
Liars    ( although I used to lie a lot..not anymore..Alhamdulillah )
Creatures with more than 4 legs
Gossip
Drama
Braggarts
Drugs  ( well...not anymore )
Rudeness
Bugs
Frogs
Shopping
Talking on the phone
Shit talkers
Reality TV

So, this is REALLY happening

Titanic 2 is real.  And it's totally awesome.

This is not the paradise that David Lee Roth sang about. Oh, wait...

Would you have guessed that this pic was of a book launch?  No?  Yeah, me either.  It looks like a pic of some trallop showcasing her very fake boobies while also showcasing the fact that she can attract gay men.  I mean, those boobies are RIDICULOUS.  And her swimsuit slogan / book name is all wrong.  Paradise?  No, that's more like a villa in Italy on a vineyard with a lake view and all you can eat olive oil, bread, and cheese.  Katie Price is far from paradise.  A few things spring to mind: STD Vessel, Tranny Mess, and possibly Tits MaGee.  But, certainly not Paradise. 

Do you notice how both of those guys are avoiding looking at the camera?  They're obviously embarassed.  Do you think they'll put this on their resume / in their portfolio?  And if so, how do you think they'll phrase it?  Book launch babe?  I'm sure some people would read that and laugh, because, we all know models don't read.  What do you think they're looking at?  Maybe someone has a platter of hot dogs?  Or, maybe they just got sight of Katie Price's crossdressing boyfriend?  I think it's safe to say that this book will NOT be the most sizzling novel of the summer.  That is, of course, unless you use it to start your campfire.

[Image via Splash News]

Alex can give me a Hickey anytime he'd like

My favorite vampire, Alexander Skarsgard, is the new face for men's clothing line Hickey Freeman.  The fall ads will hit magazines in September and will showcase Mr. Skarsgard in the designer's signature suits.  I have to admit, I prefer Alex without the clothes, which you can see for yourself Sunday nights at 9PM on HBO's original series True Blood.   

The Pie Maker lands a vamp role



Lee Pace, who starred as Ned in one of my all time favorite TV series ever, Pushing Daisies, has been laying fairly low since the series was canceled, much to my dismay. However, I just received the best news ever!  Rumor has it that he's very close to snagging a role in the fourth Twilight movie.  It most likely won't be a very big role, but hey, at least I'll be able to see his adorableness on screen again.  However, that means I have to now watch the first three Twilight movies in preparation of the fourth.  God, that stinks.

Confession of...me

Please do not give me the bullshit run around..I'm too old for that. I prefer straight up truth. I'm an easy going, open-minded, normal guy. I love the outdoors, love taking photos here and there, fishing when I can.
I'm a nerd all around. I like video games (great stress reliever!!), learning new things.
Confidence is the most attractive part of a person. Don't hide who you are, ever.
I like things you would never imagine. My mind and my appearance don't seem to go together. I like out of the ordinary. I like strange.
Before you judge someone, CONSIDER why they are the way they are.
I absolutely LOVE meeting all kinds of new people. Does that mean I'm out for a relationship? Or to destroy yours? Or hook up in any kind of way?? F++k no.
I like originality. I am original. You will NOT see me trying to be someone or something I am not.
I don't try and blend in, nor do I try and stand out

I am me. I am simple.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Don't Worry Bee Happy!

(Someone else likes my Bumbley Bee!)A new Etsy treasury from Carla at Cobweb Corner, who has a cute jewelry shop!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alice's Secrets

So I have a few banners posted on Etsy now, at Alice's Secrets.If you've been around here before you will probably recognize some of the elements I'm using. I thought, why not use some of my alphabet stuff and other designs I've done over the years?Here's some examples:and my favorite (so far) -which I think would be great for kid's clothing and/or handmade stuffed animals.The banner I'm using

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Now, I know it's not necessary to wash your hair every day.  Sometimes it's best to let the natural oils in your hair do their thing, and they do their thing best when you haven't washed your hair for a day or two.  However, it appears that Britney may have taken this a bit too far.  It appears that she hasn't washed her hair in, oh, probably three weeks.  Everyone gets bed head, but seriously Brit, what in the world are you thinking going out in public like that?  Is she preparing for another nervous breakdown?  Is she sleep walking?  Has she already suffered another breakdown and is maybe searching for her alien friends?

I found some great Brit quotes that I must share with you: 

I don't like defining myself. I just am.


I go out with friends, but I don't have time to get in trouble.

I wish my hair was thicker, and I wish my feet were prettier. My toes are really ugly. I wish my ears were smaller. And my nose could be smaller too.

The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.

I always listen to 'NSYNC's Tearin' Up My Heart. It reminds me to wear a bra.

I like to poo.

I always call my cousin because we're so close. We're almost like sisters, and we're also close because our moms are sisters

I think I'm more grounded, you know, and I know what I want out of life and I'm, you know, my morals are really, you know, strong and I have major beliefs about certain things and I think that has helped me, you know, from being, you know, coming from a really small town.   

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Speaking of...

Om nom nom...oh, hi, wait....it's hard to speak with my mouth full...just a sec...Speaking of noms, I have been craving egg salad on sourdough though, not corn, for about three days now. I tried to go a local sandwich shop called the High Nooner. Are they just a local chain or do any of you have one in your area? They have a sandwich named after the business that is egg salad, lettuce, tomato,

Monday, July 19, 2010

I have a new shop!

Due to four or five overwhelming demands for me to do blog banners and such, I have now set up a new shop on Etsy:Introducing Alice's Secrets:My plan is to list blog banners, Etsy banners, business card designs, logos and avatars.I am slowly getting things listed, so keep checking back.Thanks to all of you who have pestered encouraged me!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vamp

I am a fan of most things vampire. I say "most" because I prefer this kind of vampire:or this kind of vampire:Or even this kind of vampire:This kind of vampire makes me throw up a little. (Sorry, but vampires shouldn't "sparkle".)Sure, I think vampires can be sexy and scary at the same time, like this show (it was awesome but canceled too early):but mostly I think scary and creepy is best.For

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Celebrities and all their money

My boyfriend and I just returned from vacation, where we spent seven very hot and humid and relaxing days in the U.S. Virgin Islands on St. John.  This was our rental:

It was very eccentric and super affordable, and we loved it.  It was like living in a tree house.

Lady GaGa has just started renting a place in Bel Air, mostly due to the fact that she's touring through April and doesn't have time to actually buy something.  This is her rental:


Honestly, I can't for the life of me think why it is that I'm not famous.  I mean, seriously.  

Reality TV needs to stop. Please.

Ok, so, I admit to having watched some reality TV.  I mean, Rock of Love was a brilliant piece of work.  BRILLiant.  And, yes, I totally watched Rock Star INXS and then Rock Star Supernova.  I may also have caught an episode or two of Intervention (that show is addictive!).  And, yes, I love Dogtown and Biggest Loser.  But, seriously, can anyone get their own reality series these days?  Do we really need more of these reality stars running amock in society?  Does NFL player Chad Ochocinco really needs his own show??  And, no joke, it appears that AC Slater is going to get his own show. AC frickin Slater.  No, E! isn't funding this one, although it sounds like they should.  The show is going to showcase Mario Lopez and his knocked up baby mama as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.  Doesn't that sound like a great idea?  I mean, they'll surely fall deeper in love, get married, and remain together for the rest of their lives by doing this show.  Definitely. 

Lindsanity says she'll kill herself if she goes to jail

Do you think she's telling the truth?  I don't.  I have a feeling that she'll turn herself, serve a few weeks of her 90 day sentence, flail about in her cell, cause lots of drama, feign suicide, and maybe go on a hunger strike.  But, I really don't think she'll go through with actually killing herself.  I mean, there's no paparazzi there to photograph her.  According to a source: “She’s mentally unstable (right now) and getting worse. She ran around breaking mirrors, cutting herself and rambling like a lunatic. She tore her house apart before she finally just broke down."

I guess on the bright side, she should consider this a great opportunity to meet a new love?  Or, maybe she can leave prison and then do a movie about it.  They could call it: Behind the bars - Lindsay Lohan Knows Who Killed Her.

And Now for Something Completely Different!

It's...another Star Trek mash-up!For some reason I seem to be on a Star Trek kick this week.

When headbanging goes wrong

You know the woman in this video means business when she takes the clip out of her hair.  Maybe she should've laid off the Boone's Farm before attempting the Sandman.  It's very nice of those kind young lads in the band to help the woman, though.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Logos and kitties and cute! Oh my!

Oh my sound bite George Takei sound bitesRemember a couple weeks ago I posted about Moo cards, and had a giveaway for a card design? And Leslie of the Crooked Stamper won? Well, we ended up doing not only a business card design, but she's using it for her blog header, too! I'm really happy with the way the design turned out, and I think she is, too. It's very cute, if I may say so myself,

Monday, July 12, 2010

EDWARD WHO? THERE WAS ANOTHER HOT STAR OF ECLIPSE! NO NOT TAY EITHER

JUST IN CASE YOU ARE BLIND OR LIVING UNDER A ROCK AND DIDN'T NOTICE THE POWER THAT JASPER HALE EXUDED IN ECLIPSE TO EVEN HIS WEREWOLF ENEMIES LET'S DISCUSS SHALL WE?

EVERYONE KEEPS ASKING: TEAM EDWARD OR TEAM JACOB, well to quote Bella on that one "I'm Switzerland"

I mean all men in movies (for the most part there are a few exceptions) are attractive, I mean hello have you ever seen anyone as good looking as Robert Pattinson in person or Taylor Lautner just walking down the hall of your local high school. If so, then damn! But I bet it's rare!


So anyway, back to our boy

See the thing is there are two things that make a man super hot besides good looks, money and power, ask the supermodel wife of Donald Trump *shivers*

Well in the Twilight Saga, the Cullen men have both of those things but in Eclipse we find that our dear Jasper has not only the ability to give you and orgasm just by looking at you but also he's a damn good general of the Cullen vampire army!

Although I have to say his various wigs over the course of the movies have been questionable his hotness has never really waned.
First we all died when he picked up the baseball bat to beat his other family in that thunderous game of baseball how can anyone forget that? Oh yeah...faint...duh!



I FOUND THE PERFECT VIDEO AS A DEMONSTRATION OF WHAT MADE US ALL FALL IN LOVE WITH JASPER IN THE FIRST PLACE!

CAUTION: MAY CAUSE INJURY DUE TO FAINTING FROM EXTREME LUST AND HOTNESS!

Then came New Moon, and we saw Jasper and the horrible wig they picked for about 10 minutes the whole movie, that was Taylor's movie we all know that!

Then the third and by far best installment yet came out and Jasper really got to shine!

This isn't in the movie this is just cause it's hot!

I do have to say though, with all the money that David Slade and Summit was putting into this 3rd installment you would think they could have afforded better wigs for everyone. Oh well, Jasper Whitlock had us from Howdy, Ma'am!

Did I mention I love this picture? My blog my decision

This is Jackson Rathbone with a little girl signing an autograph in front of his new movie The Last Airbender where he is also bad ass! This again has nothing to do with Eclipse it's just precious!

So let's list some things that make not only Jasper hot but Jackson as well!

Have you heard 100 monkeys? 'nough said!

Move over Rpattz there is a new musician in town and he is sooo talented, not that you aren't but you know....he has like a band and record deal....do you? Just sayin'

There have never been any salary disputes with Jackson, he's not greedy, he's not even wanting to be a heartthrob, well um...too frickin late!


Rpattz isn't the only one with "sex hair" hubba hubba
*died*

Well I didn't show all of his hotness in this post but it's getting long and I'm starting to drool on my keyboard, so to sum-up, Jackson is hot, Jasper is hot and they are both bad-asses...if you disagree well that's why I live in the land of free speech!

My blog! My decision!

He's hot! PERIOD!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Star Trekkin'

I just love Star Trek. I mean, the A-Team. No wait. I mean Star Trek. I mean...oh hell. Just watch it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Speaking of...

Fort Clatsop Lewis and Clark landingLong time no see (write, post, whatever). I can't believe it's July already!And speaking of July, I hope you all had a happy 4th! I hope you had a nice break and got to enjoy some down time, or rousing fun, whichever you prefer!Speaking of down time, last week we went to visit my folks. Had coffee, went to Fort Clatsop, had some nice dinners, just relaxed and

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Leviathan melvillei, 'Sea monster' whale fossil unearthed

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of an ancient whale with huge, fearsome teeth.

A Peruvian desert has turned out to be the final resting place of an ancient sperm whale with teeth much bigger than those of the largest of today's sperm whales. The fossil, dated at 12–13 million years old, belongs to a new, but extinct, genus and species described in Nature today1. Named Leviathan melvillei, it probably hunted baleen whales. A team of researchers recovered 75% of the animal's skull, complete with large fragments of both jaws and several teeth. On the basis of its skull length of 3 metres, they estimate that Leviathan was probably 13.5–17.5 metres long, within the range of extant adult male sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Its largest teeth, however, are more than 36 centimetres long — nearly 10 centimetres longer than the largest recorded Physeter tooth.
Modern sperm whales lack functional teeth in their upper jaw and feed by suction, diving deep to hunt squid. Conversely, Leviathan had massive teeth in both its upper and lower jaws, and a skull that supported large jaw muscles. It may have hunted like raptorial killer whales, which use their teeth to tear off flesh. Co-author Klaas Post of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Netherlands stumbled across the fossil in November 2008 during the final day of a field trip to Cerro Colorado in the Pisco-Ica Desert on the southern coast of Peru — an area that is now above sea level owing to Andean tectonic activities. The fossils were prepared in Lima, where they will remain.

Moby moniker

The name given to the creature combines the Hebrew word 'Livyatan', which refers to large mythological sea monsters, with the name of American novelist Herman Melville, who penned Moby-Dick — "one of my favourite sea books", says lead author Olivier Lambert of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.
The authors think that Leviathan, like the extinct giant shark, preyed on medium-sized baleen whales, which were between 7 and 10 metres long, smaller than today's humpback whales and widely diverse at the time. The authors speculate that Leviathan became extinct as a result of changing environmental conditions. "Top predators are very sensitive to the changes in their prey," Lambert says. Changes in number, diversity or size of baleen whales, as well as the climate cooling that occurred at around Leviathan 's time, would have had dire impacts. The creature's surviving cousins — Physeter, pygmy and dwarf sperm whales — are specialized deep-diving squid hunters that occupy a different ecological niche from Leviathan. According to vertebrate palaeontologist Lawrence Barnes at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, this discovery demonstrates that sperm whale-like cetaceans were much more diverse in the past and that the modern sperm whale and pygmy sperm whales are the "only surviving vestiges of a larger evolutionary radiation of related whales in the past".

Battering rams

All sperm whales have characteristically large foreheads to hold their 'spermaceti organ', a series of oil and wax reservoirs buttressed with massive partitions of connective tissue. Scientists have long thought that this organ helps sperm whales to dive deeply to feed. The curved 'basin' atop Leviathan 's snout suggests that it also had a large spermaceti organ, even though it probably did not dive to feed. The authors speculate that, if Leviathan hunted baleen whales near the surface, the large spermaceti organ existed long before modern sperm whales became specialized for foraging squid at depth.
The organ could have served other functions, such as echolocation, acoustic displays or aggressive head-butting. "Spermaceti organs could be used as battering rams to injure opponents during contests over females," says evolutionary morphologist David Carrier of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. According to Carrier, at least two nineteenth-century whaling ships were sunk when large males punched holes in their sides with their foreheads, Carrier adds, and Leviathan may have used forehead ramming to dispatch its prey.