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Before you hit the New Year’s Eve party scene tomorrow night, I thought I’d give you some trivia about the New Year’s Ball that drops in New York’s Times Square. Especially since by the time midnight arrives I will, no doubt, be sound asleep. That is until the neighbors, one of whom is my brother-in-law, head out to their backyards and set off a few firecrackers.
“The number of balls that have dropped in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve since 1908, when the tradition began. The current one, on duty since 2008, weighs 11,875 pounds, measures 12 feet tall, is embellished with 2,668 Waterford crystals, and has 32,256 LEDs to light its way. A bit flashy, you say? Not for Times Square, where buildings are required to have at least one illuminated sign that stays lit until 1 a.m.” (From the simple list compiled by Sharon Tannebaum and Ashley Niedringhaus found in the December issue of Real Simple Magazine.)
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.