For over a hundred years, the New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square has made an epic drop which we regard as the official start of a fresh calendar.
All for a Ball? Well, not just any Ball. This one's got some history...
4. The Ball couldn't drop on New Year's Eve in 1942 and 1943, due to wartime dim-outs. Reverent crowds still came to Times Square for moments of silence.
5. The crystal triangles on the current Ball actually change every year-- this year, their theme is "Gift of Imagination." The 2014 triangles have been cut so they "appear to be endless mirrored reflections of each other.”
6. Organizers will throw an actual ton of confetti -- by hand -- onto Times Square after the Ball's descent. A few days before, they throw test confetti off various buildings to make sure it won't scratch somebody's eye. During showtime, handwritten wishes from tourists are mixed into the confetti shower.
7. For the last few days, volunteers have been pedaling on stationary bikes in Times Square to generate electricity that will power the Ball drop this year.
9. You can see the Ball all year round-- it's visibly perched on the roof of One Times Square.
10. The Ball's journey down the pole takes a full 60 seconds.
...and we can't wait for every one of them this year!