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 to shut down New Year's Eve early for sugar-addled young people.

Starting today, parents or slightly tipsy babysitters can trick children into thinking 2015 begins early by playing a pre-recorded three-minute countdown featuring hyperactive dancing lemur royalty King Julien from Netflix's All Hail King Julien children's series.

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According to a poll conducted for Netflix, 34 percent of parents already trick their children into going to bed early on New Year's Eve, so this tool for flagrant trickery will likely be a welcome option for parents, at least until the deceived children grow old enough to become aware of the hollow falsehood of their memories and start considering New Year's Eve as a persistent testament to the unreliability of received truths. [Time]

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