Skewering Lobsters!When I worked at Jardinière in SF they made me shove a wooden skewer from the tail to the "brain" while they were alive! This kept the tail really straight. (we could have just tied the tail to a carrot, and gotten the same effect)
I had tears streaming down my face and that was the moment the chef de cuisine nicknamed me "Red Lobster" . YUCK
On the topic of Pomegranates- I learned this from Jacque Pepin- Cut one in half. Hold it cut side down over a big bowl of water, then whack the back of it with a wooden spoon. All the seeds fall into the water, it is so easy.