On the eve of the Millennium, "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker made an unusual New Year's resolution: to stop chewing on the inside of her own mouth -- a nasty habit which often left her inner cheeks bitten, blistered and bloody. Did Parker keep her resolution? Alas, no. It "bit the dust" a mere 20 minutes into 2001.
["It's born of insecurity and lack of self-esteem and anxiety about the world," Parker explained. "It's like a minefield in there."]
[New Year's is the oldest and most universal of holidays, according to Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. At the earliest recorded festivals (in Babylon, circa 2000 BC), a high priest would rub the rump of a beheaded ram against temple walls to ward off contagions which might otherwise infest the year's harvest.]