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(Mental Floss)   We're not sure who started the whole "let's drop something to mark the end of the year" tradition, but there are a lot more places than Times Square where you can see something drop   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 39
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2013-12-29 08:25:44 AM
But enough about your local strip clubs...
 
2013-12-29 09:05:45 AM
Marine chronometers were once calibrated using a time ball.

It's been downhill ever since.
 
2013-12-29 09:29:21 AM
 
2013-12-29 09:58:08 AM
The Deuce Drop in Detroit Alabama:  Worst. New Years. Ever.
 
2013-12-29 10:01:51 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Here in Pennsylvania we can't even wait until NYE
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/12/harrisburg_new_ye ar s_eve_straw.html


At least it wasn't their cherry.
 
2013-12-29 10:40:52 AM
Where can I see a possum drop ?


/DRTFA
 
2013-12-29 10:43:25 AM
But enough about the cough drop.
 
2013-12-29 10:44:27 AM

Ennuipoet: The Deuce Drop in Detroit Alabama:  Worst. New Years. Ever.


That even sounds awful.
 
2013-12-29 10:44:55 AM
You can come to my house and watch me drop a deuce
 
2013-12-29 10:46:11 AM
I'd be much more impressed if some of these items were shot out of a cannon with the new year starting when said item hits the ground, setting off fireworks, fireballs, loud explosions, or other displays of simulated danger.Though you couldn't get the landing correct to the millisecond, with practice and reasonable weather, you could get it accurate to a second (I'm basing that entirely on wishful thinking).
 
2013-12-29 10:46:36 AM
With each passing year my balls drop a little lower. Happy 2014!
 
2013-12-29 10:47:27 AM
Oh shiat, poop thread. Everyone evacuate!
 
2013-12-29 10:47:35 AM

Wookie_Jesus: You can come to my house and watch me drop a deuce


Will there be food? I'll bring champagne.
 
2013-12-29 10:48:53 AM
It's winter and below freezing, damn cold outside...  you should see my ball drop!
 
2013-12-29 10:49:22 AM
Here in Scotland, we typically see in the bells on Hogmanay indoors, with family / neighbours, and use the time to reflect on the past year, remembering loved ones no longer with us, with a glass or two of whisky. No dropping of random items from the sky, and certainly not giant marshmallows. Is there really no cultural space in the USA not given over to pathetic brand advertising?
 
2013-12-29 10:49:56 AM
Subs I will be dropping something something on your mom cum New Year's,  Enjoy!!!

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2013-12-29 10:51:02 AM
You know who knows how to celebrate New Year's Eve?

Lisburn, Pennsylvania; that's who.


They drop trousers...
 
2013-12-29 10:53:12 AM
If you like living dangerously the Peach drop happens in Atlanta...
 
2013-12-29 10:53:51 AM

tardigrade: Here in Scotland, we typically see in the bells on Hogmanay indoors, with family / neighbours, and use the time to reflect on the past year, remembering loved ones no longer with us, with a glass or two of whisky. No dropping of random items from the sky, and certainly not giant marshmallows. Is there really no cultural space in the USA not given over to pathetic brand advertising?


What the hell is advertised specifically for New Years?

My family gets together and drinks. It's pretty fun. If it's warm enough, we light fireworks.

...and giant marshmallows? Am I missing something awesome?
 
2013-12-29 10:55:35 AM
I'll be staying home on armature night and watching my sobriety drop
 
2013-12-29 10:56:44 AM
armature?
See! I'm already drunk, apparently
 
2013-12-29 11:02:27 AM
Cincinnati should drop a giant turkey...

Oh wait, that's Thanksgiving, not New Years.
 
2013-12-29 11:04:49 AM
The only thing I want to see drop on NYE is a woman's panties.
 
2013-12-29 11:08:08 AM

tardigrade: Here in Scotland, we typically see in the bells on Hogmanay indoors, with family / neighbours, and use the time to reflect on the past year, remembering loved ones no longer with us, with a glass or two of whisky. No dropping of random items from the sky, and certainly not giant marshmallows. Is there really no cultural space in the USA not given over to pathetic brand advertising?


Of course, this time of year, it gets dark by 2:30 PM in Scotland, so  you don't really have much else to get do by get drunk and fight the inlaws.
 
2013-12-29 11:09:43 AM
'As God is lour witness, we thought turkeys could fly!" Les Nesmann on WKRP in Cincinnati (now a real station no one can watch unless they can Find Its Highly Classified Location) Ago.
Also thank EngineerAU for what he/she typed in above.
Knew of Possum Drop, but not of Watermelon Drop in Vincennes IN (just West of where spouse & sibs grew up) nor of Acorn Drop in Raleigh NC (where spouse's sis has lived for yocks)
 
2013-12-29 11:17:46 AM

Marcus Aurelius: Marine chronometers were once calibrated using a time ball.

It's been downhill ever since.


Ayup.  They was one erected on the Seaman's Institute, facing New York harbor, which served as a memorial to the Titanic.  It now sits at ground level:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Memorial_%28New_York_City%29
 
2013-12-29 11:44:32 AM

tardigrade: Here in Scotland, we typically see in the bells on Hogmanay indoors, with family / neighbours, and use the time to reflect on the past year, remembering loved ones no longer with us, with a glass or two of whisky. No dropping of random items from the sky, and certainly not giant marshmallows. Is there really no cultural space in the USA not given over to pathetic brand advertising?


That's because the dead of winter in Scotland is farking miserable, mate.
 
2013-12-29 11:50:34 AM
New York has a long history of dropping the ball.
 
2013-12-29 11:53:10 AM
"Thanks for watching MenoPause..."
 
2013-12-29 12:10:39 PM

TheGreatGazoo: If you like living dangerously the Peach drop happens in Atlanta...


Just don't bring any monkeys!!!

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2013-12-29 12:27:13 PM
Right at the stroke of midnight I am going to drop a load in my wife.
 
2013-12-29 12:38:24 PM
Port Clinton, Ohio drops Wylie Walleye each New Years Eve.  This was ignored in the video, proving that the folks at Mental Floss hate Ohio as much as the rest of America does.
 
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2013-12-29 12:40:48 PM
***CSB***

I was in NYC for NYE back in 2004.

We were ELEVEN BLOCKS AWAY from the actual crystal ball in Times Square. It was a barely visible speck of light against the rest of the NYC lights. Couldn't even see or hear any of the bands on stage. Looking back on it, it was just ridiculous. There was something like 11 MILLION people jammed into the streets - apparently the majority of them tourists as no real New Yorker sits through that kind of insanity.

We didn't make it to midnight. We said "Fark this!" around 10pm and made our way back to house party being thrown by friends of a friend. Ended up totally blitzed drunk (they were giving me moonshine instead of vodka)...Got to see the ball drop on TV and then proceeded to light fireworks/bottle rockets off the patio at midnight.

Had way more fun there.
 
2013-12-29 12:46:15 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Port Clinton, Ohio drops Wylie Walleye each New Years Eve.  This was ignored in the video, proving that the folks at Mental Floss hate Ohio as much as the rest of America does.


Subscriber here. They're good, but are the Cliff's Notes of clever and interesting stuff, much like their sister publication The Week is the Cliff's Notes of news.
 
2013-12-29 12:55:07 PM
In the old days, you could see all sorts of things drop in Times Squre.
 
2013-12-29 01:55:05 PM
I had heard of the whole "ball dropping on New Year's Eve" thing my entire adult life but hadn't ever seen it.until some years back.  I shoulda known better but with all the hype I just assumed that cannons and fireworks would go off, maybe some flashing lights and loud explosions.  When I finally saw it and realized that it was just the ball dropping and nothing else I had a long and hearty laugh at my own naive assumption that New Yorkers wouldn't get excited at something so lame.  BFD, guys!
 
2013-12-29 02:57:21 PM
We drop the pineapple in Sarasota
 
2013-12-29 05:25:20 PM
Pennsylvania wins.

he forgot the pickle drop in Dillsburg, the m&m drop in Elizabethtown (Mars plant in town; go figure) and, of course, the goat drop (stuffed animal) in Falmouth, home of the annual goat race.
 
2013-12-29 07:05:57 PM
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