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2022-01-01 8:03:58 AM  
Well crap, now I'm old.
 
2022-01-01 8:25:20 AM  
Calling BS right now.  I was already on my own in 79, and I remember staying up with my parents, watching old Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.  The whole crowded ballroom would be counting down.
 
2022-01-01 9:34:19 AM  

cherryl taggart: Calling BS right now.  I was already on my own in 79, and I remember staying up with my parents, watching old Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.  The whole crowded ballroom would be counting down.


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2022-01-01 9:34:55 AM  

downstairs: cherryl taggart: Calling BS right now.  I was already on my own in 79, and I remember staying up with my parents, watching old Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.  The whole crowded ballroom would be counting down.

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You're thinking July 4th!
 
2022-01-01 9:58:58 AM  
There is a lot of shiat people think is new but is old as hell.
Conversely there's a lot of shiat that's new that people think has been around forever.
I guess a millions of years of hominins is a tough concept for some people.
 
2022-01-01 10:10:38 AM  
The article is complete bullshiat.

1978...
Happy New Year 1978 Ball Drop In Nyc
Youtube Ew1AzTh766I
 
2022-01-01 10:28:44 AM  
worst cover ever! *the final count down*
Youtube FjeMDvCdrtc

 
2022-01-01 11:11:06 AM  

cretinbob: There is a lot of shiat people think is new but is old as hell.


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OlderThanTheyThink

Conversely there's a lot of shiat that's new that people think has been around forever.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewerThanTheyThink

Have fun!
 
2022-01-01 12:37:31 PM  
The ball has been dropping since the average farker's balls dropped?
 
2022-01-01 12:54:05 PM  
Someone to come in here with a "well ackshually..." in 5... 4... 3-

Wait, that's already happened? Dammit.
 
2022-01-01 12:55:44 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: Someone to come in here with a "well ackshually..." in 5... 4... 3-

Wait, that's already happened? Dammit.


In other words, 3, 2, 1.. bullshiat.
 
2022-01-01 12:56:17 PM  

solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.


I wonder how far back in time we can go.

New Years Eve at Times Square - 1965-1966!!!
Youtube vyFcQBHb73A
 
2022-01-01 12:57:13 PM  
New York city is not the world and Times  Square is not the center of the universe.
 
2022-01-01 12:57:19 PM  

ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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Sorry, start at about 1:40.
 
2022-01-01 12:57:45 PM  

ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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I'll play...


New Years Eve at Times Square - 1957 to 1958!!!!!
Youtube X-ZNBSsJLLQ
 
2022-01-01 12:59:56 PM  

ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/vyFcQBHb73A]


My 1958 video above being positively recent, let's bring in the 50's!

New Years Eve Ball Drop 1949-1950 - from NBC!!!! (Animation)
Youtube yFB4S8KqjDQ
 
2022-01-01 1:00:35 PM  
But it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in.

Somehow I think the writers are from New York and believe the universe revolves around New York.
 
2022-01-01 1:01:38 PM  
They had clocks back then?
 
2022-01-01 1:02:54 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: But it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in.

Somehow I think the writers are from New York and believe the universe revolves around New York.


Yes, everyone in NYC thinks the world is NYC... but you only have to look at NYC history to surmise that we were counting down until Midnight January 1 since at least 1949-1950 on video....
 
2022-01-01 1:04:43 PM  
Before 1979 the new year didn't begin until Liza Minnelli did a rail of Peruvian off the penis of each Bee Gee.
 
2022-01-01 1:05:20 PM  

ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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Is crowd counting down? Because article says "it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in"
 
2022-01-01 1:09:31 PM  
Crowd countdowns are unbearably tacky.

Only the launch director should count.

/rocket surgeon
 
2022-01-01 1:11:15 PM  
The ancient tradition of counting down to midnight goes all the way back to 1979

So's my Johnson!
 
2022-01-01 1:15:44 PM  

LewDux: ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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Is crowd counting down? Because article says "it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in"


Was there a Digital Countdown that people could see how much time was left in the year?
 
2022-01-01 1:16:11 PM  
dafuq is this load of crap
 
2022-01-01 1:17:29 PM  
20-Man WWE Royal Rumble Timer (every minute) - with crowd noise
Youtube AZOVo2tiBvw
if you need help counting down for the end of 2022. You can use this video
 
2022-01-01 1:20:00 PM  

cherryl taggart: Calling BS right now.  I was already on my own in 79, and I remember staying up with my parents, watching old Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.  The whole crowded ballroom would be counting down.


Yep.

Turns out SMU isn't a great place to get accurate information about contemporary culture. I'm stunned.
 
2022-01-01 1:21:33 PM  
Horseshoe!t? On Fark?

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2022-01-01 1:24:20 PM  
It's a very old practice. You can see them counting down New Years in old cave paintings. Apparently, they invented a system of numerals which the Romans copied later.

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/none of this is true
 
2022-01-01 1:24:29 PM  
In any event the ball drop is always late. The past few years I've been following the atomic clock and the ball has been at least a couple of seconds late.
 
2022-01-01 1:27:46 PM  

tommyl66: The ancient tradition of counting down to midnight goes all the way back to 1979

So's my Johnson!


tommyl66 Johnson is right!
 
2022-01-01 1:32:32 PM  

jmsvrsn: New York city is not the world and Times  Square is not the center of the universe.


Yeah, anyone who has ever watched Dr Who knows it's London
 
2022-01-01 1:36:49 PM  

downstairs: ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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I'll play...


[YouTube video: New Years Eve at Times Square - 1957 to 1958!!!!!]


The ball drop has been going on since 1908.

TFA is a waste of bandwidth...
 
2022-01-01 1:39:06 PM  
So if I'm reading this correctly  the Boomers are the greatest countdown generation. Wow...uhm...yay.
 
2022-01-01 1:40:50 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: But it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in.

Somehow I think the writers are from New York and believe the universe revolves around New York.


Not only that, but they're absolutely full of shiat...

The first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square was held on December 31, 1904.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball

The ball drop was 1907-08, but the first Times Square party was 1904. And before TFA tries some semantic game about "countdowns", that very first ball drop was designed to span exactly the last 10 seconds, just like a countdown... Everyone involved in bringing this article to Fark should be sent to time out...
 
2022-01-01 1:41:09 PM  

cherryl taggart: Calling BS right now.  I was already on my own in 79, and I remember staying up with my parents, watching old Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.  The whole crowded ballroom would be counting down.


Yup. As little kids in the early 1960's we would stay up to watch the ball drop and watched Guy Lombardo and the countdown. I was about 2nd or 3rd grade (when we learned about time in school) that I realized we went to bed after the ball dropped at 11:00 PM, not midnight, since we were in the central time zone. Suddenly all the announcements on TV about shows coming on at '8 o'clock Eastern, 7 o'clock Central" made sense
 
2022-01-01 1:41:40 PM  

Mikey1969: The ball drop has been going on since 1908.


I believe the tradition of meeting at Times Square goes back a couple years before that to 1904.
 
2022-01-01 1:42:11 PM  
nevermind, I see you got that covered, Mikey.
 
2022-01-01 1:44:38 PM  

thesharkman: LewDux: ryant123: solokumba: The article is complete bullshiat.

I wonder how far back in time we can go.

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Is crowd counting down? Because article says "it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in"

Was there a Digital Countdown that people could see how much time was left in the year?


Why would it need to be digital
 
2022-01-01 1:44:38 PM  

germ78: Mikey1969: The ball drop has been going on since 1908.

I believe the tradition of meeting at Times Square goes back a couple years before that to 1904.


Yeah, that's on the Wiki. 1904 was when the dude started the party, 1907-08 or 08-09 was the actual ball. A little earlier Tha. 1979, and the "historian" in TFA is full of shiat if he thinks the crowd stood around silently until 1979, right?
 
2022-01-01 1:47:20 PM  

Mikey1969: germ78: Mikey1969: The ball drop has been going on since 1908.

I believe the tradition of meeting at Times Square goes back a couple years before that to 1904.

Yeah, that's on the Wiki. 1904 was when the dude started the party, 1907-08 or 08-09 was the actual ball. A little earlier Tha. 1979, and the "historian" in TFA is full of shiat if he thinks the crowd stood around silently until 1979, right?


I'd wager that Studio 54 was hosting wild coke-fueled orgies a couple of years before 1979 on NYE.
 
2022-01-01 1:48:14 PM  

ukexpat: In any event the ball drop is always late. The past few years I've been following the atomic clock and the ball has been at least a couple of seconds late.


Broadcast delay?
 
2022-01-01 1:55:13 PM  
I have a feeling that counting down to the new year is about as old as clocks.
 
2022-01-01 1:59:27 PM  
Almost as old as the time-honored, sacred tradition of the Iowa Caucus going first!
 
2022-01-01 1:59:50 PM  

ukexpat: In any event the ball drop is always late. The past few years I've been following the atomic clock and the ball has been at least a couple of seconds late.


Even live tv has a 7 second (roughly] delay. Gives the station/censors a few seconds to react if needed.
 
2022-01-01 2:01:33 PM  

rcw00: tommyl66: The ancient tradition of counting down to midnight goes all the way back to 1979

So's my Johnson!

tommyl66 Johnson is right!



Something something authentic frontier gibberish.
 
2022-01-01 2:02:32 PM  

Mikey1969: Moniker o' Shame: But it wasn't until 1979 when the crowd at Times Square in New York first joined in.

Somehow I think the writers are from New York and believe the universe revolves around New York.

Not only that, but they're absolutely full of shiat...

The first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square was held on December 31, 1904.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball

The ball drop was 1907-08, but the first Times Square party was 1904. And before TFA tries some semantic game about "countdowns", that very first ball drop was designed to span exactly the last 10 seconds, just like a countdown... Everyone involved in bringing this article to Fark should be sent to time out...


I beg to differ....

The article did exactly what it was supposed to do, it generated a lot of interactions.

What, you think this place is about sharing information or something?
 
2022-01-01 2:08:16 PM  
That article was shiat. I read it before my wakeup coffee.
Angry letter sent.
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2022-01-01 2:28:35 PM  
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-do-we-count-down-to-the-new-year-180979289/

None of the videos above appear to contradict the thesis that crowd countdowns weren't a thing before 1979.  Prior to that, everyone just stood around and cheered through the last few seconds.

I'm honestly surprised that it didn't happen the year of the Apollo 11 mission.  Everyone was very familiar with countdowns at that point, and New Years was only about 5 months after that.
 
2022-01-01 2:40:59 PM  

SumoJeb: That article was shiat. I read it before my wakeup coffee.
Angry letter sent.
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What'd you tell them?
 
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