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List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

oh my god this article is a gem though. I mean. my god. this is the most american thing I’ve seen this year.

highlights include:

  • A paper-mache Bermuda onion covered in Christmas lights” (St. George’s, Bermuda.)
  • “giant illuminated pelican” (pensacola FL. nothing more needs to be said here.)
  • “a ruby slipper with drag queen Gary "Sushi” Marion“ (a gay bar in Key West, FL. "sushi”???)
  • “a stuffed possum named Spencer” (Tallapoosa, GA. okay georgia.)
  • A beach ball covered in Christmas lights has been thrown off the top of a local restaurant since 2005” (Bangor, ME. this is so fucking Maine I swear.)
  • “An eight-foot long, five-foot high wood-and-plastic foam lit duck” (Havre de Grace, MD. but WHY.)
  • “A stuffed muskrat in a top hat and bow tie named Marshall P. Muskrat is dropped” (Princess Anne, MD. he can be friends with Spencer the Possum from Georgia.)
  • “Snooki from MTV’s reality series Jersey Shore” (Seaside Heights, NJ. yes, actually her. inside a ball. ah, new jersey.)
  • “A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped.” (Eastover, NC)
  • A plexiglas pyramid containing a living opossum” (Brasstown, NC. what the actual fuck north carolina.)
  • “A walleye fish named "Captain Wylie Walleye” is dropped" (Port Clinton, OH. I….. I have no words.)
  • A 100-pound yellow illuminated Peep made out of fiberglass. ”(Bethlehem, PA. well. that’s. yes. very.)
  • A ten-foot Crayola crayon is dropped at 8 pm to accommodate children’s bedtime” (Easton, PA, is very considerate.)
  • “A 600-pound illuminated Moon Pie” (Mobile, AL. Alabama, living up to all expectations for Alabama.)
  • a car-sized potato” (Boise, IA. another shocker.)
  • “a Giant Tortilla Chip” (Tempe, AZ. …ah, sweet corporate sponsorship.)
  • “an 80-pound decorated cheese wedge from a 100 ft. ladder truck” (Plymouth, WI. as expected from Wisconsin.)
  • “A carp (real but dead) caught by local fishers and weighing between 25 and 30 pounds is lowered. A carp was chosen to represent the area's fishing industry and because the carp is considered one of the luckiest fish in Chinese culture. The carp, nicknamed “Lucky”, is lowered onto a throne. Each “Lucky” has a tree planted where it is buried with a commemorative plaque listing the carp’s name and year.” (Prairie du Chien, WI. …..okay that’s…. less…… expected.)

Pickles, Possums, and Peeps: The Things We Drop to Ring in the New Year

Why do we celebrate the New Year … by dropping things?

It started with ships. Maritime vessels, back before they could turn to more precise forms of time measurement, relied on “time balls”: spheres that were dropped from masts and other shipboard poles at precise intervals to help insure that their chronometers were aligned with Greenwich Mean Time. In 1906, those time balls lent themselves to another kind of time: Times Square. New York City had just banned fireworks displays, and Adolph Ochs, the owner of The New York Times, wanted to give the throngs of people who would gather around his building another kind of show. 

Ochs, as the Los Angeles Times reports, called on the paper's chief electrician, Walter Palmer, to come up with another source of the spectacular. Palmer borrowed the maritime tradition and combined it with something that would work on land: electricity. And the Times Square Ball Drop was born. 

Since then, the “dropping things” tradition has been modified by cities across the country, in ways both wondrous and weird. Plenty, still, drop their own balls—smaller versions of New York City’s. Many others, however, drop food (cheese, fruit, Peeps). Some drop animals (cows, fish, possums, goats). One (Seaside Heights, New Jersey) has dropped a person.

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