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New Year's Eve Fun Facts: 40% of Young People Will Pass Out Before Midnight

Here are some, er, sobering facts about New Year's Eve revelry via Cleveland.com:

25 -- Percent of 18- to 25-year-olds who said they've gotten into a fight on New Year's Eve.

40 -- Percent of 18- to 25-year-olds who said they've woken up on New Year's Day with an "unidentified party injury."

1 in 8 -- Number of 18- to 25-year-olds who say they've broken up with someone on New Year's Eve.

40 -- Percent of 18- to 25-year-olds who say they've passed out before midnight on a New Year's Eve.

88 -- Percent of people who say they'd rather spend New Year's Eve at home with friends than among thousands of people in New York City's Times Square.

62 -- Percent of people who say they stay home on New Year's Eve.

90 -- Percent of people who spend New Year's Eve with friends and/or family.

7 -- Percent of Americans who choose not to celebrate New Year's Eve.

59.5 -- Percent of single adults who say they'd rather have a kiss on New Year's Eve than a new laptop computer.

Ball Fun Facts (via Times Square Alliance)

- The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds.

- The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 3/4 inches to 5 3/4 inches per side.

- For Times Square 2013, 288 of the Waterford Crystal triangles introduce the new Let There Be Peace design of a dove with wings spread symbolizing a message of peace; 288 triangles feature the Let There Be Friendship engraving of people holding hands around the world; 288 triangles are emblazoned with the romantic Let There Be Love pattern of a cascade of hearts; 288 triangles showcase the Let There Be Courage ribbon medal design; 576 triangles sparkle with the Let There Be Joy design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year; and the remaining 960 crystal triangles are the Let There Be Light design of a stylized radiating sunburst.

- The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.

- The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color.

- The Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

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The Best Hangover Cures For New Years Day

The idea behind New Year's Eve celebrations is to start the new year off with fun and excitement, right? It’s supposed to be symbolic of how we want to spend the next year of our lives, full of joy, surrounded by friends, wearing uncomfortable shoes.

But it often backfires. We try so hard to start the year of right; partying hard and drinking all of the champagne we can get our hands on. And then we end up starting the new year not full of joy, but miserably hungover. If you think about it, it’s really a terrible precedent, if the whole point is symbolism.

So this time, don’t start off 2013 with your head in the toilet like some frat boy.


1: Pace Yourself:

If you have any kind of resolution that involves moderation, consider starting it on the 31st and not the first.

2: Medicine:

Take vitamin B and Advil before you go to bed.

3: Go to a Diner:

Eat something with lots of carbs and grease — who doesn’t like to end a long night with a 3 a.m. diner party?

4: Hydrate:

It can be hard to remember to drink enough water, so, to keep track, try drinking a full glass of water after every alcoholic drink.


1: More Medicine:

Take more vitamin B and more Advil when you wake up.

2: Go to Another Diner:

Eat another carb-and-grease-filled meal.

3: Magic:

Bloody Marys are not just for brunch. They’re amazing miracles in a glass, especially when made with Sriracha instead of Tabasco. 

Why Does the Ball Drop on New Years, and Other History

The Times Square New Year’s celebration has been happening since 1904. The first celebration was in honor of the new headquarters of The New York Times. The newspaper’s owner Alfred Ochs had lobbied the city to rename Longacre Square in honor of the paper’s new building, the second tallest in the city at the time.

“The building was the focus of an unprecedented New Year's Eve celebration,” the Times Square website says. “Ochs spared no expense to ensure a party for the ages. An all-day street festival culminated in a fireworks display set off from the base of the tower, and at midnight the joyful sound of cheering, rattles and noisemakers from the over 200,000 attendees could be heard, it was said, from as far away as Croton-on-Hudson, thirty miles north along the Hudson River.”

After a few years the city didn’t allow fireworks, so Ochs arranged to have a large, illuminated iron and wood ball lowered from the Times building’s flagpole exactly at midnight, when it became 1908.

It’s been a tradition ever since, except when it was suspended in 1942 and 43 due to wartime “dim outs.”

How Big is the Ball that Drops on New Years, and What’s it Made Of?

The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter. It weighs 11,875 pounds.

The surface is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, bolted to 672 LED modules, which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.

More than one ton of confetti is dropped on Times Square on New Year’s Eve. This year, it will include messages written by Dick Clark’s fans, as a tribute to the icon.

Times Square New Years Eve LIVE

If you don’t want to brave the cold and the crowds, but still want to see the iconic Times Square New Year’s celebration, watch it live here.



New Years Eve Ball Drop 2013: LIVE Video to Ring in the New Year

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The ball doesn’t drop until midnight, obviously, but the celebration starts hours earlier. To get a good view of the ball drop, people start showing up as early as noon. Police start setting up barricades at 3 p.m., and the ball is raised to the top of the flagpole at 6 p.m.

The ball is lowered at One Times Square, and can best be seen from Broadway, between 43rd Street and 50th Street, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street. No tickets are necessary, but you may be barred from entering the blocked off area if you arrive too late and it’s already full. 

Although champagne is an important part of the New Year’s Eve tradition, the Times Square celebration is not an exception from the New York law against drinking in public. So if you want to drink, do it before you arrive — or do it clandestinely. 

For more information, check out the official event website.