1. The First Times Square Ball Drop Was in 1907
Three years previous, in 1904, The New York Times kicked off a fireworks display to celebrate their new headquarters in Times Square. The original ball weighed 700 pounds and measured 5 ft. in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs.
2. Key West's New Year’s Eve is More Exciting Than New York’s
Lowering a glittering sphere is one thing but in Key West, they drop a drag queen from a ruby slipper.
3. London's Fireworks
London has a bang-up New Year's fireworks display, and when it launched in 2003, 100,000 people made the trip. But in 2013, 500,000 people came out. As a result, the once-free display will now cost £10 (about $16) with only 100,000 allowed in the viewing area. Tickets went on sale in mid-September.
4. Champagne That Costs $10,000/Sip
Let's assume that you want to plunk down so much for champagne, you're willing to mortgage your house — and your vacation home — to buy it. In that case, you'd be looking at a bottle of Goût de Diamants' Taste of Diamonds. At £1.2 million (or $1.9 million) a bottle, that averages out to about $10,000 a sip.
To celebrate New Year's Eve like any number of diverse populations, go for the pork chops, ribs, bacon, or whatever your piggy preference. Pork is central to celebrations in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, and Portugal (or should we say Porkugal).
6. Thank Caesar for a January New Year
The Romans used to celebrate the dawn of the new year on March 1, but Julius Caesar moved it up to January 1 in 46 A.D. Janus is the Roman god that looks forward and backward. But England and the American colonies didn't follow suit until 1752.
Southerners consider black-eyed peas a food of good fortune. They are thought to attract both general good luck and financial good fortune.
9. The First New Year's Was in the Spring
The Babylonians had a long festival some 4,000 years ago. It happened in the first eleven days of the month Nisan, which meant that the festival coincided with the Spring Equinox. In 2015 that would be March 20th.
As you venture out this New Year's Eve, make your first resolution to stay safe and watch out for other motorists and partygoers. It's one you can keep through all of 2015, which is more than most of us can say about our 2nd resolution, which is usually to lose a few pounds.