If you're celebrating New Year's Eve or even New Year's day this year and find a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia.
- According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year's Day than on any other holiday.
- Why should you ring in the New Year with family and friends? It is thought that the first visitors you see after ringing in the New Year will bring you good or bad luck, depending on who you keep as friends and enemies. Keep your friends close and your enemies far, far away!
- The Time Square New Year's Eve Ball came about as a result of a ban on fireworks. The first ball, in 1907, was an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. Today, the round ball designed by Waterford Crystal, weighs 11,875-pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
- Wartime restrictions prevented the New Year's Eve ball from being lowered in 1942 and 1943.
- Throughout the year, visitors to New York City's Times Square write their New Year's wishes on pieces of official Times Square New Year's Eve confetti. At the end of the year, the wishes are collected and added to the one ton of confetti that showers the crowd gathered in Times Square in celebration of the New Year.
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