Big happenings with Beth, Daryl and Bob Stookey on this week's episode; and we meet two new villains.
By Alex Zalben
Big happenings with Beth, Daryl and Bob Stookey on this week's episode; and we meet two new villains.
By Alex Zalben
Peta2 is bestowing awards including Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist to celebs for their support of animal rights.
By Jocelyn Vena
<P>PETA's youth division, peta2, is giving props to celebs like <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml">Justin Bieber</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kesha_/artist.jhtml">Ke$ha</a> and "Glee" star Lea Michele at this year's <a href="http://features.peta2.com/libby-awards-2011/?utm_campaign=1211%20Libbys%20Nominees%20Press%20Pitches&utm_source=peta2%20Pitch&utm_medium=Media#PeopleAndMusic" target="_blank">Libby Awards</a> for their efforts in support of animal rights. </P><P> </P><P>The Biebs, who appeared in a <a href="/news/articles/1656302/justin-bieber-peta-ad.jhtml">campaign</a> for the organization at the top of the year using Bieber-fied catch-phrases like "My world includes passion for animals, yours should too" and "Animals can make u smile. Adopt from your local shelter," is taking on fellow animal-loving pop star Ke$ha and rappers k-os and Waka Flocka Flame in the Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist category. Ke$ha appeared in an ad campaigning against the slaughter of Canadian seals. </P><P> </P><P>Michele, who speaks out against the mistreatment of carriage horses in New York City, faces off against "Jackass" star Steve-O, Cobra Starship's leading man and peta2's Sexiest Vegetarian Gabe Saporta, and "Victorious" star Daniella Monet in the Top Animal-Friendly Celebrity category. </P><P> </P><P>The Ready Set, Tokio Hotel, Hellogoodbye and the Swellers are all up for Most Animal-Friendly Band. Ke$ha and Tokio are also up for Best peta2 ad along with Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and Yelle. </P><P> </P><P>The Libby (as in "Liberation") Awards will be decided on January 17 by fan votes as well as peta2. Voting ends December 23. </P><P> </P><P>"Our nominees have all worked hard to shine their spotlights on a variety of important animal issues," peta2 Division Manager Marta Holmberg said about the nominees, which honors animal-friendly people and products. "As our accomplished stars demonstrate, compassion isn't just a virtue — it's also a road to success."</p>Related Artists
It's a self-induced ailment that transcends culture and language barriers. The hangover.
Whether you?ve binged on sake or baijou, the result is too often the same: pounding headache, mouth like a Russian wrestler's jockstrap, urge to spend the day close to something white and made of porcelain.
Though hangovers might be universal, cures for the brown bottle flu are not.
Some boozers swear that a greasy breakfast does the trick. But if you find yourself in an Asian city New Year's Day with nary a greasy English fry-up in sight, these local hangover cures should make you feel half-human in no time.
What is it: On the surface, congee is a pretty simple dish. Chinese rice porridge. Gruel, if you really want to get fancy.
But it takes on many variations throughout the country. You can add almost anything to your congee, such as salted duck eggs, lettuce and various meats -- just not all at once.
Why people think it works: Congee has long been considered a comfort food for people who simply aren?t feeling well, which aptly describes anyone hungover.
Being a soupy solid, it tackles both causes of hangover by rehydrating and soothing irritated stomach lining.
Unlike some popular hangover cures, congee is easy to swallow when you're in rough shape and tastes pretty good with the right flavorings.
Where to find it: While not quite as easy to find as other Chinese hangover cures, such as tea or ginger, the best bet is to head for the nearest dim sum restaurant (though many Chinese restaurants carry it).
What is it: The most Japanese of all beverages. A bitter yet refreshing drink served hot or cold.
Why people think it works: Green tea is high in antioxidants and will help detoxify an abused liver a lot better than the self-destructive "the hair of the dog that bit you."
It may also help with headache and nausea. At the very least, its stimulating side effects will allow you to walk upright like a triumph of evolution so you don't hit that business meeting looking like you just rolled off the couch with bits of popcorn in your hair.
Be warned: most Japanese green tea also contains a fair amount of caffeine, which won?t help someone who just wants to sleep off a hangover.
If you're not afraid of the funky, drop a few umeboshi (plum-like ume fruit soaked in sea salt) into your green tea. It's super-salty and sour, but said to aid in restoring all those eletrolytes you killed off the night before.
Where to find it: Green tea is available in cold form pretty much everywhere and incredibly easy to brew on your own, even with a nasty, grating hangover. Chances are, your hotel room will have a few green tea packets next to the hot water kettle.
What is it: You know you?re in a country of late-night boozers when a dish is named in honor of the ailment it?s designed to eradicate.
Korea?s haejangguk actually means ?stew to cure a hangover.?
Though versions vary throughout South Korea, the usual bowl of haejangguk is made from a beef broth, with cabbage, bean sprouts, radish, egg and chunks of congealed ox blood. Mmmm. Guess which is the secret ingredient?
Why people think it works: The deeply satisfying taste does wonders to kick-start a sluggish brain in the morning, while the thick, hearty ingredients soothe soju-irritated stomachs.
The only challenge is convincing yourself to take that first bite. It's not pretty to look at, what with that big raw egg yolk staring you in the eye like a disapproving grandmother.
Where to find it: Haejangguk can be purchased in the morning from street vendors all over Seoul.
If in doubt, look for the nearest cart surrounded by tired, sluggish Koreans in need of a pick-me-up on the way to the office.
What it is: Almost every recipe for pad kee mao (Thai drunken noodles) posted online comes with the claim that this simple dish is a good hangover cure.
But according to locals, pad kee mao is best eaten while you're in the process of drinking. Not after.
Instead, spicy noodle soup is what cures what ails you the morning after.
It comes in many forms. Yellow noodles. Glass noodles. Wide noodles. Noodles topped with beef, fish balls, pork, chicken, pigs blood or duck.
And all are made with different flavors of broth, including the all-powerful tom yum.
Why people think it works: Many Thais claim extra spicy soup helps freshen them up by letting them sweat out some of those nasty booze toxins and shake that queasy hangover feeling. The hearty ingredients, on the other hand, tame the angry beast crying for attention in your stomach.
For some, the idea of slurping a bowl of spicy liquid when your stomach lining is already irritated is about as appealing as knocking back another five shots of tequila.
Fortunately, at Thai noodle stands you can add your own spice from a dispenser on the table (few travelers can handle the spice intensity the locals can).
Where to find it: Hit up the nearest street noodle stand. If you're really desperate, any Thai convenience store carries cups of instant noodles, which will do the trick if you're in a hungover pinch.
More on CNN: A noodle soup lover's guide to Bangkok
What is it: American ginseng, sliced up and steeped in hot water.
Why people think it works: The mildly bitter root calms the body by purging excessive Yang, or hot positive energy, from the body.
Chinese elders will also tell you that the herb generates fluids and curbs thirstiness ?- perfect for hangover dehydration.
Where to find it: Ginseng tea is widely available in grocery stores and tea shops. Or just make it yourself.
All you have to do is simmer fresh slices of American ginseng in hot water. To mellow out the mildly medicinal flavor, mix in some honey.
What is it: Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is the liquid inside unripened coconuts.
Why people think it works: Again, it's all about electrolytes. Many Indians swear by coconut water as a hangover cure, as it's full of nutrients and potassium, making it fantastic for rehydrating.
Best of all, it's natural and healthy.
Where to get it: Throughout the tropics in Asia, plenty of vendors can be found on the streets selling fresh, young coconuts.
But these days you can get it anywhere. Though scientists say its benefits aren't fully proven, big companies are capitalizing on the coconut water health trend by bottling it for convenience store shelves.
Got a favorite hangover cure? Share your morning-after secrets in the comments box below.
Originally posted November 2012, updated January 2014.
It's home to both the northern royal albatross and the world's tiniest penguins.
It produces some of the world's great outdoor experiences.
And CNNGo is heading there this month.
"There" means south to explore New Zealand's Otago Region.
Though Otago is more known as a winter destination, CNNGo's guests -- from a mountain biker to a fashion designer -- explain why summer in Otago is fast becoming popular with visitors.
Visitors can enjoy views of Queenstown while riding the Skyline Gondola to Bob?s Peak.
There, they can then choose one of 13 mountain bike trails for an adrenaline-fueled trip back down.
Skyline Queenstown, Brecon Street, Queenstown; +64 3 441 0101; Skyline Gondola, NZD$27 ($22)/Bike lift from NZD60 ($50)
A former gold mining settlement, Arrowtown has a lot of charm on its main street.
You can stop into The Fork and Tap for locally foraged cuisine.
In summer, a bag of cherries and a picnic by the river is as local as it gets.
Arrowtown, Otago, Queenstown
You don?t have to be a professional triathlete to enjoy the views at Lake Wanaka.
Runners and bikers can explore the area on a three-kilometer track along the Clutha River between the Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve in Albert Town.
The path is baby stroller friendly.
Lake Wanaka Outlet Track, between Outlet Motor Camp, Lake Wanaka outlet and Hikuwai Reserve, Albert Town
Natural history is the lure on this tiny, untouched island in the middle of Lake Wanaka.
Chris Riley of Eco Wanaka tours has years of experience spotting rare creatures, including the curious buff wekas, a chicken-sized bird classified as a vulnerable species.
Eco Wanaka offers a 90-minute Lake Wanaka Cruise (NZD195/$160) and eight-hour Island Nature Walk (NZD390/$320); +64 3 443 2869
This is the place to see the northern royal albatross and its three-meter wingspan in action.
It's best to go on a windy day -- these big birds can?t take off without a good gust.
It?s worth staying until the sun goes down to see the blue penguin (the world's smallest) return to shore after a day fishing in the ocean.
Up to a hundred of these tiny penguins can be seen waddling on the shore daily.
Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Point Road, Queenstown; +64 3 478 0499; Albatross Classic tour costs NZD39 ($32)
Kelly McGarry -- professional mountain biker, known for executing back-flips during the Red Bull rampage.
Duncan Forsyth -- Mount Edward Winery.
Nicky Samuels -- Olympic triathlete and 2013 Xterra World Champion.
Chris Riley -- Eco Wanaka.
Simon Kaan -- artist.
Margi Robertson -- designer, Nom*d.
Kelly Lindsay -- Green Man Brewery.
"Background Noise" -- The Chills
"Boy Dust" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Bubblewrap" -- Two Cartoons
"C.O" -- Paul Winders And The Goodness
"Dreams" -- Two Cartoons
"Let's Go" -- Onanon
"Paratai Drive" -- The Verlaines
"Scientific Life" -- Two Cartoons
"Take me to the railway by the sea" -- Delgirl
"Tiny Terror"s -- Two Cartoons
courtesy of DunedinMusic.com
Dozens of Sydney hotels offer incredible views of the country?s most photographed harbor.
What visitor doesn't need a shot of the famed arched bridge and a certain white opera house?
But there?s only one accommodation for those wanting to wake up to those stellar views while listening to the roar of lions and trumpeting of elephants.
Offering luxurious safari-style tents, buffet dinners and sundowners paired with the city's most expensive view, Taronga Zoo?s Roar and Snore program stretches the definition of camping beyond its canvas-scented limits.
The experience begins at 6:15 p.m., kicking off with encounters with Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and reptiles.
Then come drinks and a buffet dinner, followed by a two-hour night "safari."
Guests wake up at 6 a.m. for more animal visits and two behind-the-scenes tours that show the inner workings of the 98-year-old zoo. (It's not Australia's oldest. Melbourne Zoo has been around since 1862.)
"These tours aren?t always the same, but can include a behind the scenes visit and feed with our giraffes, a behind the scenes tour of our chimpanzee sanctuary, and a private seal show," says Paul Fahy, senior media relations officer for the Taronga Zoo.
Visitors can spend the rest of the day at the zoo during regular opening hours.
Though Roar and Snore has been around since 2010, it gained attention when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took in the experience with their kids in December 2013.
The zoo wouldn't confirm the visit, which received a huge number of mentions on celebrity gossip pages in the United States and Australia.
Roar and Snore costs A$288 ($255) per adult, A$184 per child on weekdays, A$320 and A$205 on weekends and public holidays.
Children must be at least five to take part and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tents fit two-to-four people and come with bedding and towels.
Guests bring their own toiletries. There's a row of washrooms and showers near the tents.
Food and drink includes snacks, buffet dinner, tea/coffee and light breakfast.
Bookings can be made through Australian ticketing site Ticketek.
More on CNN: How to see the best of Sydney in a week