Strange Objects That Drop On New Year's Eve

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What, you thought a ball in Times Square was the only thing that dropped to ring in the New Year? These items may not get the nationally televised love, but they're way weirder.

You're Dropping A What?!?

The ball on Times Square has nothing on these weird items that fall as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve: A giant Peep drops in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, because the candy company Just Born is located in the town. In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the olive isn't the only part of the ostentatious ceremony: it's lowered from Price Tower into a giant martini glass. (Now that sounds like a New Year's party!) Panama City Beach's beach-ball drop occurs alongside a drop of tens of thousands regular-sized beach balls, and Plymouth, Wisconsin (the self-proclaimed cheese capital of the world) drops a giant chunk of styrofoam cheese.

Other bizarre drops: the fleur de lis in New Orleans, a guitar in Memphis, an Idaho potato in Boise, and an 18-foot, 500-pound watermelon in Vincennes, Indiana.

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Why You Should Care

You may not be able to get to Times Square (and, really, would you even want to? A million people crammed together?!?), but that doesn't mean you can't count down to the end of the year with a fun—and funny?—public spectacle.

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38 Bizarre Items That Drop On New Year's Eve

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. People in Eastover, North Carolina drop a 30-pound wooden flea to ring in the new year. 00:43

  2. The town of Princess Anne, Maryland drops a stuffed muskrat named Marshall on New Year's Eve. 04:32

  3. The Watermelon Ball in Vincennes, IN releases 12 actual watermelons when it drops on New Year's Eve. 07:21

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