January 02, 2002 04:05 PM

A new year, a renewed need to know what’s hot and what’s not. The Washington Post has published its annual list of what’s “in” and what’s “out,” and, as usual, there are a few giggles to be had at the expense of celebrities as well as some tried-and-true old living habits. For starters, Tom Cruise is “out,” and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in “in.” On a similar note, Nicole Kidman in “in,” Penelope Cruz is “out.” (Tell Tom.) P. Diddy is “out,” I-Pod is “in.” Blood oranges are “in,” clementines are “out.” (So long as you get your vitamin C.) German-style noodles, spaetzle, is “in,” garlic mashed potatoes are “out.” Alicia Keys is “in,” Destiny’s Child is “out.” Recently exited New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is “out” AND “in.” Red, white and blue is “in,” Red Cross is “out.” Johnnie Walker is “in,” John Walker Lindh is “out.” Carol Burnett is “in,” Christina Aguilera is “out.” Michael Jordan is “in,” as is “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen, while both Allen Iverson and Jim Carrey are “out.” And look who’s really “in”: firefighters. Let’s hope 2002 brings better news for everybody, “in” or “out.”

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