The residents of the Spanish village Villar de Corneja near Avila, where the average age is 75, toast the New Year 12 hours before the rest of their countrymen in a collective decision to get to bed at a decent hour.
The New Year’s Confetti at Times Square are literally made of people’s hopes and dreams; the Times Square Visitor Center wall is open year round for people to put Post-Its up with their next-year’s wishes, which are made into confetti.
On New Year’s Eve 2014, 835 of 1000 police officers meant to be on duty in Rome phoned in sick.
The New Orleans EMS has a policy stating that all EMS must wear their Kevlar helmets between 11:45 pm and 12:15 am on New Year’s Eve.
At midnight on Dec 30th, 1899, a ship positioned itself at the intersection of the date line and equator, such that the bow and stern occupied different seasons, hemispheres, days, years, and centuries. For the ship, Dec 31st never occurred.
Back when NYC subways ran on tokens people would jam the slots with paper so they could suck the tokens out with their mouths. This was referred to as “Token Sucking” and some token booth attendants even tried to deter this crime by sprinkling chili powder in the slots.
Some people wear adult diapers to celebrate New Years at Time Square due to a lack of toilets.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.
According to this survey, 40 to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. The top New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and better money management. By the second week of January, 25 percent of people have abandoned their resolutions.