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The latest overachieving iPod, and when gingerbread men go bad.
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Travel can be such a drag over the holidays. Take a lesson from one German airline passenger who got a bit

too into the spirit

when faced with liquid restrictions in his carry-on. Cheers!

When it comes to absinthe, you should exercise a bit more restraint -- this

unusual cocktail

could become a favorite all year round.

Work off any hangovers outdoors: here's a roundup of this season's superior

high-tech winter gear

, from layers to keep you warm on the slopes to the best alpine binding from Marker Duke ($430).

If the

diamond-encrusted iPod strikes you as folderol, try a

14-karat gold version

for about $20,000.

Of course, you'll want to protect your investment, so check out this Austrian

felted iPod case

(a steal at $25), along with other handcrafted, last-minute gift ideas.

That

limited edition Harry Potter book will have to be crossed off the list, as it just went for nearly

$4 million

at a

Sotheby's

(BID) - Get Report

auction last week.

You too can enter this

Paris Hilton contest

, supplying a caption for the glittering girl from her own recent words on how to be eco-conscious. Apparently, Paris turns the lights off when nobody's home.

If Ms. Hilton is so concerned, you should book your

trip to Antarctica

while it's still frozen. For about $40,000, you'll explore the icy terrain and haunting seas of South Pole with scientists and historians, and be safely tucked into your luxurious ship cabin at night.

Or warm up at home with the perennial Christmas favorite,

gingerbread men

. Like everyone else in your family, though,

handle them with care

.