10 New Years Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

December 30, 2014

2015 is almost here and while most American’s spend New Years Eve taking part in annual traditions, they probably aren’t familiar with how or why they started. We’ve scoured the World Wide Web to find you this list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about New Years. Feel free to wow your friends on New Years Eve and well into 2015 with these gems of information.

  1. More than a billion people around the world will watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
  2. The Ball was first dropped in New York in 1907. It was made of wood and weighed 700lbs.
  3. The famous New Year’s song Auld Lang Syne translates roughly to “the good old days.”
  4. The first New York New Years celebration was commemorated in 1904 by a fireworks display.
  5. 46 percent of Americans make New Years Resolutions. Only about 25 percent keep them.
  6. If you eat leafy greens on New Year’s the more prosperous you will be in the new year. Legumes and beans are also said to bring added wealth.
  7. It’s expected that 360 million glasses of sparkling wine will be consumed during the holiday.
  8. More cars are stolen on New Years Day than any other holiday.
  9. People in Italy wear red underwear on New Years Day to bring them luck during the rest of the year.
  10. The top three places to celebrate New Years Eve are: New York, Las Vegas and Disney World.

What will you be doing this New Year’s Eve?

Photo credit: Paul Wilkinson