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New Year links – history, advice and lots of hangover cures

How (Not) to Celebrate the New Year: advice from 700 AD (hint – if you dress up as a stag or a calf you’ll spend 3 years doing penance). 

Strange New Year traditions around the world.

The Guardian’s best photographs of 2017, with commentary by the people who shot them. Also, Smithsonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Photos of the Year and, from NatGeo, the Best Animal Photos and Travel Photos of 2017. 

2017’s best science images and science stories.

From 1862: How to Tell Your Fortune for the New Year.

Some links to avoid becoming philogrobolized

Your Complete Guide to the Science of Hangovers

Infographic on the Anatomy of a Hangover

Hangover Cures From Famous Heavy Drinkers

Scientists Find a Way to Cut Wine Hangovers

5 Really Strange Ways to Cure a Hangover

Dark Liquor Makes For Worse Hangovers

How to Cure a Hangover in 10 Easy Steps

According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins.

My favorite New Year’s resolution story.

Why We Sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve, and here’s Mark Steyn singing and explaining the song What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Eat your heart out, New York: Boise, Idaho drops a giant potato downtown on New Year’s Eve.

ICYMI, most recent (all Christmas-related) links are here.

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