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One of the classic changes people try to make at this time of year, for better or for worse, is trying to cut calories. But what are calories, exactly, and where did the measurement come from? Plus: a new year’s tradition that’s perfect for our show: Hustisford, Wisconsin’s New Year’s toilet bowl parade.

A Brief History of the Calorie (JSTOR)

New Year’s tradition: Hustisford hosts annual ‘Toilet Bowl Parade and Winter Fest’  (FOX 6)

Photo by Kevin Simmons via Flickr/Creative Commons