20 Fun New Year’s Facts & Traditions

11Moon Pie

The city of Mobile, Alabama, Southern US State, rings in the new year by dropping a Moon Pie.

12Blackout Special

On January 1, 1942, car companies had to stop using chrome because of the war, resulting in Blackout Specials.

13Milton Supman

On January 1, 1965, a popular kid show host named Milton Supman told his young listeners to rob their parents while they slept, and send him the money.


There is a word named quaaltagh denoting the first person to walk through your door on New Year’s Day. The word originally described a group of entertainers who traveled door to door during Christmas. It is said to be desirable for the quaaltagh to be a tall, dark-haired male.

15Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle never flew on new year's day or eve because its computers couldn't handle a year rollover.

16Dinner For One

‘Dinner For One’ is the most repeated TV show in the world. It is a British end-of-the-pier-music-hall skit, shown every New Year in Germany, on all channels, in English. It has never aired on TV in UK.

17Cardiac deaths

In the USA, the annual peaks for cardiac deaths are on Christmas and New Year's Day. Among the possible reasons are delay in seeking medical attention; reduced healthcare staff; increased emotional stress; overindulgence on food/salt/fats/alcohol; respiratory problems from wood-burning fireplaces.

18New Year party

For $255,500 you can buy a package that lets you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney from 8 pm - 2 am, then fly on a private jet that arrives in Los Angeles at 8:30 pm December 31st, where you can celebrate New Year's Eve all over again.

19Studio 54 party

One particular New Years’ Eve party during the late 1970s held in studio 54 saw 4 tons of glitter dropped. Months later it was possible to find traces of glitter in the homes of people who attended the party.

20Philip Morris

In 2018, Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro, created a campaign and paid a full-page ad saying it's New Year resolution was to give up cigarettes and help those who can't quit smoking to change to better alternatives.


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