New Years Eve Drops
Digital City and Wikipedia claim many cities will drop something other than a ball on New Year’s Eve.
Bangor, Maine will drop a beach ball decorated with lights
Baltimore Maryland will drop a disco ball.
Duluth, Georgia – a disco ball called the Soaring Spirit Ball is raised
Terre Haute, Indiana will drop watermelons
Atlanta will drop an 800-pound peach.
Port Clinton, Ohio is dropping a walleye fish.
Mount Olive, NC will drop a pickle
Hershey Pennsylvania will drop a Hershey’s Kiss.
Tallapoosa, Georgia will drop an opossum
Kokomo, Indiana – an aluminum 70-Pound Ball with 34,000 lights is dropped
Vincennes, Indiana – watermelons are dropped
Havre de Grace, Maryland – a wooden duck is dropped
Black Creek, North Carolina – a large red heart represents “A Small Town with a Big Heart”.
Brasstown, North Carolina – The Possum Drop. A plexiglass pyramid containing a living opossum is lowered from the roof of Clay Logan’s convenience store. The possum is turned loose at the end of the celebration.
Elmore, Ohio – a sausage will be dropped
Cincinnati, Ohio – a flying pig is “flown” – not dropped, confirming there is at least one occasion “when pigs fly”.
Akron, Pennsylvania – A purple-and-gold shoe is dropped
Beavertown, Pennsylvania – a beaver is dropped
Cleona, Pennsylvania – A pretzel is raised
Frogtown, Pennsylvania – A frog is dropped
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania – A lollipop is dropped
Ickesburg, Pennsylvania – A french fry is dropped
Mobile, Alabama – A giant electric Moon Pie is raised
Flagstaff, Arizona – A pine cone is dropped from the balcony of Weatherford hotel.
Key West, Florida – A large ruby slipper, with drag queen Gary “Sushi” Marion inside is dropped
Easton, Maryland – A crab is dropped
Ocean City, Maryland – A beach ball is dropped
Eastover, North Carolina – A three-foot tall, thirty-pound wooden flea is dropped
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania – Two pickles are dropped
Lebanon, Pennsylvania – A 100-pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped
Richland, Pennsylvania – A cigar is dropped
Bartlesville, Oklahoma – An olive is dropped
Worst Celebrity Neighbors
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were named the least desirable neighbors of 2013. According to Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey, 25% of US adults surveyed wouldn’t want to live next door to KimYe. The cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo came in at number two, with 18% of votes. Justin Bieber came in at number three with 16%, Miley Cyrus came in a number four, also with 16% and Lady Gaga rounded out the top five with 2% of votes.
The Most Desirable neighbor is Jimmy Fallon — who got 11% of votes. The rest of the list includes Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara and Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts.
- In other news, according to Consequence of Sound, author Julius Bailey has written an examination of Kanye, called The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. The book is an in dept analysis of the moral and social implication of Kanye’s words, images and “broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas.” The textbook will be available on March 6th.
Study: Men More Likely to Make Ethical Compromises at Work for Benefit
Could women have a harder time advancing at work than men because they’re more moral? That’s the suggestion from two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, in a new study that found when men and women were presented with hypothetical job situations that were ethically dubious, the men were more willing to make ethical compromises for advancement or monetary benefit than the women. The Week notes, however, that the study doesn’t show that men are gung ho about unethical behavior; they also rated the situations negatively, just not as negatively as the women did.
Vending Machines Will Have to Show Calories
When you get something to eat out of a vending machine, do you ever consider the number of calories in it? New regulations that are part of the Affordable Care Act will make it easier to do if you want to, since they require vending machines to show calorie counts. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to release final rules early next year, which will apply to some 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. But the National Automatic Merchandising Association says that the cost — which the FDA estimates will be $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that for the industry — will be hard on its members, since nearly three-quarters of them have three employees or less and extremely low profit margins. The industry group is asking for two years to comply instead of the one year in the proposed rules, in addition to as much flexibility as possible in implementing them. The vending machine industry group had already taken its own health-conscious steps, launching its “Fit Pick” system in 2005 that puts stickers in front of products that meet healthy guidelines for fat and sugar.