(pic from Flickr user RYANISLAND)
So what's in a New Years Eve ball? A lot.....the tech geeks out there will get a kick out of this. I did, too...lol.
New Year's Eve Ball: The New Year's Eve ball that drops in Times Square is 12 feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds and has 288 new Waterford Crystal triangles
The Times Square ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips LED (light emitting diodes) lights. Each LED module contains 48 Philips LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. By mixing these four colors, the ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors atop One Times Square.
The ball descends 77 feet over the course of a minute.
We'll just call that your lesson for today...ha ha.
Oh, and check this out. Not to be outdone by not being in NYC for New Years Eve, here is a list of quirky 'drops' some towns throughout the country will be doing tonight.
Digital City and Wikipedia claim many cities will drop something other than a ball on New Year's Eve.
Bangor, Maine will drop a beach ball decorated with lights
Baltimore Maryland will drop a disco ball.
Duluth, Georgia - a disco ball called the Soaring Spirit Ball is raised
Terre Haute, Indiana will drop watermelons
Atlanta will drop an 800-pound peach.
Port Clinton, Ohio is dropping a walleye fish.
Mount Olive, NC will drop a pickle
Hershey Pennsylvania will drop a Hershey's Kiss.
Tallapoosa, Georgia will drop an opossum
Kokomo, Indiana - an aluminum 70-Pound Ball with 34,000 lights is dropped
Vincennes, Indiana - watermelons are dropped
Havre de Grace, Maryland - a wooden duck is dropped
Black Creek, North Carolina - a large red heart represents "A Small Town with a Big Heart".
Brasstown, North Carolina - The Possum Drop. A plexiglass pyramid containing a living opossum is lowered from the roof of Clay Logan's convenience store. The possum is turned loose at the end of the celebration.
Elmore, Ohio - a sausage will be dropped
Cincinnati, Ohio - a flying pig is "flown" - not dropped, confirming there is at least one occasion "when pigs fly".
Akron, Pennsylvania - A purple-and-gold shoe is dropped
Beavertown, Pennsylvania - a beaver is dropped
Cleona, Pennsylvania - A pretzel is raised
Frogtown, Pennsylvania - A frog is dropped
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania - A lollipop is dropped
Ickesburg, Pennsylvania - A french fry is dropped
Mobile, Alabama - A giant electric Moon Pie is raised
Flagstaff, Arizona - A pine cone is dropped from the balcony of Weatherford hotel.
Key West, Florida - A large ruby slipper, with drag queen Gary "Sushi" Marion inside is dropped
Easton, Maryland - A crab is dropped
Ocean City, Maryland - A beach ball is dropped
Eastover, North Carolina - A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania - Two pickles are dropped
Lebanon, Pennsylvania - A 100-pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped
Richland, Pennsylvania - A cigar is dropped
Bartlesville, Oklahoma - An olive is dropped
Sorry, more lessons. This is supposed to be a holiday!