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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

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Did you know? The New Year's edition!

Did you know? The New Year's edition!

New Year's Eve: a time to rock sequined everything, wear goofy glasses, make resolutions (that most won't keep) and ring in 2013 in a big way!

So what's the story behind the countdown to midnight?

We compiled some fun facts about the holiday to help you get in the spirit!

  • For the superstitious, what you eat on New Year's Day is crucial for a successful year. Among the fixings that will supposedly pave the way for a happy year: black-eyed peas, fish, ham and greens just to name a few! Each is said to symbolize good luck, a fat wallet and prosperity. For our friends in Spanish-speaking countries, eating 12 grapes (one for each month) at midnight is believed to bring fortune for the new year!
  • One of the largest celebrations is the ball drop in New York.  The ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs in at a whopping 11,875 pounds!  It’s covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles! That's some serious bling!
  • According to the Times Square Alliance, 1907 marked the first year the Times Square ball dropped. The ball has been dropped ever year, except for 1942 and 1943. The celebration was suspended due to wartime restrictions.
  • 2013 marks the first time we will ring in the new year since Dick Clark’s death. He hosted ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ for the first time in 1972 and continued until 2012. The only exception? The 2004 into 2005 celebration. Clark had recently suffered a stroke and had Regis Philbin fill in for him.
  • Make that midnight smooch count! According to folklore, your first interaction with another person in the new year could make or break your luck for the entire 12 months ahead!
  • Among the most common resolutions made and broken? To quit smoking, lose weight, save money and travel to a new place.
  • When the party is over, lock your car!  New Year’s Day is the busiest official holiday for car thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2011, 2,286 vehicle thefts were reported.

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