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Strange Objects That Drop On New Year's Eve

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.

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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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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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