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A North Carolina town drops a possum at midnight on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve countdown balls tend to be large, sparkly. What they tend not to be are arboreal marsupials. Not so for Brasstown, North Carolina. In the "possum capital of the south," possums are the traditional marker lowered into a cheering crowd to symbolize the end of the year. » 12/31/14 5:30pm 12/31/14 5:30pm

Brooklyn's Best NYE Tradition Ends Tonight 

If Times Square is too gaudy, crowded, and frankly insane for you, then there is another New York tradition worth your New Year's Eve—one that is, in fact, ending tonight. For the past fifty years, the Pratt Institute has set out its amazing collection of big old steam whistles out on the lawn of its Brooklyn campus.… » 12/31/14 5:30pm 12/31/14 5:30pm

Netflix Will Destroy New Year's Eve for Children with Fake Countdown 

It used to be the only way to trick children into falling asleep before the shiny ball on TV lowered at midnight on New Year's Eve was to find a ball drop in a different time zone or record one from a previous year and hope no one noticed. But 2015 is a year of wide-ranging possibilities! Netflix has devised a new way… » 12/29/14 11:41am 12/29/14 11:41am

This Is What The New Year Looked Like in 1957

A lot of things have changed in the past 56 years, but some things will always be pretty much the same. Take a look at this footage of Times Square on New Years Eve from 1957, for example. No one is carrying portable, cellular phones or updating their statuses on any so-called "networks of sociability", but they're… » 12/31/12 9:00pm 12/31/12 9:00pm