Welcome to a New Year of Possibilities

As the clocked ticked its way from 2012 to 2013, we gathered around the bonfire and ceremoniously offered our human-size effigy to the flames. That’s the Año Viejo (or “Old Year”) tradition here in Ecuador, and one worth adopting no matter where you live. As way of saying good riddance to life’s nuisances and bad habits, in the final days of the year, you pull out your old clothes and stuff them with newspaper or twigs. You can make you …

Hangover Helper: 6 Ways to Ease the Pain

The pounding headache, the churning stomach, the remorse for having had one too many – just in time for New Year’s Eve tonight, we have six ways to relieve or even prevent the effects of a hangover tomorrow morning. Oh wait, we forgot the seventh: Don’t overdo it in the first place. Don’t smoke. Smoking while you drink may increase the risk of a hangover the next morning, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of the Journal …

Dick Clark, Guy Lombardo: Is Ryan Seacrest Next?

In 1929, the same year Dick Clark was born, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played their first New Year’s Eve gig at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel. In 1956, the same year Dick Clark hosted his first American Bandstand show, Guy Lombardo began his 21-year TV stint as a New Year’s Eve staple. In 1974, the same year Dick Clark hosted his first Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Clark’s eventual replacement, Ryan Seacrest, was born. I’m not quite sure why I …

How We’ll Remember Dick Clark

From the archives, a clip that makes us laugh even while we get all choked up… Dick died earlier today of a heart attack. He was 82. What Dick Clark moments will you remember?

Who Gave Justin Bieber Permission to Sing “Let it Be” in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

“…and in my hour of darkness,             He was sitting there in front of me,             Killing Beatles classics,             Justin B, Justin B….” You know, 2011 was bad enough; did we have to end it with Justin Bieber soiling the memory of the greatest pop group of the last century, trying to wear Paul McCartney’s tender tribute to his mother like a child stumbling around in his father’s work boots? Truly, this smacked of Dick Clark’s revenge for