18 Weirdest Things Dropped to Count Down to the New Year

New York City may have started the first ball drop on New Year’s Eve, but these other locales deserve credit for their unique celebrations.

New York’s Times Square Ball, with its 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles and 32,256 LEDs, dominates the New Year’s Eve countdown coverage, with myriad national and international TV appearances. But plenty of other places ring in the New Year with celebratory “drops” of their own, proving you don’t have to have a ball to, well, have a ball on December 31. By the way, this is the surprising reason we drop a ball on New Year’s Eve. Scroll on for some of the strangest things ever “dropped” in the name of New Year’s fun: