Dropping a ball to mark the start of the New Year

In Times Square in New York City, the tradition of dropping a ball to mark the start of the New Year has been a longstanding tradition.

The first ball drop was held on December 31, 1907, and it has been a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square ever since. The ball is made of Waterford Crystal and is lit with 32,256 LED lights. The ball weighs over 11,000 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter. The ball itself has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years, and today it is a massive, geodesic sphere that is lit up with over 32,000 LED lights and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds. As the ball descends down a pole, it is accompanied by a pyrotechnic display and a musical performance by a popular artist, making it a highly anticipated event every year.

However, the ball drop has not always gone off without a hitch. In 1942, the ball drop was cancelled due to World War II blackouts, and in 1976, the ball malfunctioned and did not drop at midnight. In addition, there have been several instances where the ball has been damaged or destroyed due to weather or other factors, including a wind gust that knocked the ball off its perch in 2012. Despite these setbacks, the ball drop remains a beloved and iconic tradition, with millions of people around the world tuning in to watch the spectacle each year.

The Brooklyn Dodgers name stems…

The Brooklyn Dodgers name stems from a nickname given in the 1890s to people who, in a matter of life and death, had to evade railcars speeding down the streets. They were known as trolley dodgers. Trolleys were new inventions, which led to two issues. First, cities lacked the safety infrastructure which protects pedestrians today (e.g. well-delineated pedestrian paths which minimize intersection with traffic to deliberately designed, high-visibility crossings). Second, trolleys were much faster than the alternatives with which people were accustomed (horse carriages), and so folks were much less prepared to deal with them safely.