New Year's Eve

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What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk

(Newser) - Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal ... More »

Man Lying in Road Dies After Cop Runs Him Over

Garrett Gagne, 22, had been out with friends celebrating New Year's Eve

(Newser) - A 22-year-old described as "the best of the scholar athletes" at his university had been out with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve when he got separated from them—and somehow ended up lying in the middle of an unlit road in Chatham, Mass., police say. That's... More »

Celebratory Bullet Kills Guy Watching New Year's Fireworks

He dropped dead at his wife's side in their front yard

(Newser) - A Houston man was standing outside his home watching New Year's fireworks just after midnight when he fell to the ground at his wife's side, dead of a bullet wound to the head, KTRK reports. "They'd come out from their home where they'd had a... More »

35 Dead in New Year's Stampede in Shanghai

Even more are injured in the crush

(Newser) - A New Year's tragedy in downtown Shanghai: A stampede of people celebrating the arrival of 2015 has left 35 people dead and more than 40 injured, reports the BBC . It happened about 11:35pm local time in the city's Chenyi Square, according to China's Xinhua news service.... More »

It's 2015! (Somewhere)

Plus, how you could (maybe) hit midnight in every time zone

(Newser) - After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks, and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year. Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom will converge to welcome 2015.... More »

Tomorrow Is the Deadliest Day to Be a Pedestrian

Drunk walkers tend to jaywalk, lie in the road

(Newser) - New Year's Eve culminates in a circus of drunk drivers and pedestrians going home after a night of merry-making—and experts say drunk pedestrians are eight times more likely to be killed on the way than drunk drivers. New Year's Day is the most dangerous day to be... More »

Parents Can Go to Bed Early on NYE Thanks to Netflix

'Madagascar' lemur has on-demand countdown so you can fool the kids

(Newser) - About a third of parents already fool their kids into welcoming the new year hours ahead of time, and for those inclined to join their ranks, Netflix has your back and it is in the form of a dancing lemur and an on-demand New Year's Eve countdown. King Julien,... More »

Pennsylvania Town to Drop Huge Nail on New Year's Eve

Nearby towns also drop huge wrench, giant pickle

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. The Sentinel reports that West Fairview plans to drop a 7-foot-tall nail as the clock ticks down Wednesday night. Local artists constructed the nail out of wood.... More »

New Year's Fun Knocks Alaska Town Off the Internet

Someone shot out the cable line, and it's still not fixed

(Newser) - It's going to be tough for anyone in Tanana, Alaska, to read this story because the Internet's been out since New Year's Eve. It seems revelers fired their shotguns into the air in celebration and took out a fiber-optic cable line, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner . The... More »

Woman Drives to Jail Drunk to Bail Out Drunk Husband

It doesn't end well

(Newser) - Lots of idiots drove drunk on New Year's Eve. But not many of them were driving to a police station to pick up a husband who had been arrested for, you guessed it, drunk driving. But that's what police allege a Pennsylvania woman did, according to the Erie ... More »

Twins Born in 2013 and 2014

Two sets born in separate years last night and this morning

(Newser) - While you people were warbling "Auld Lang Syne" and swilling bubbly, two East Coast women were busily birthing babies that were among the last of 2013—and the first of 2014, reports ABC . In Washington, DC, Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to daughter Lorraine Yaleni at 11:58pm; son... More »

300 Porta-Potties Set Ablaze by New Year's Fireworks

Fire started in grass, spread to rental business

(Newser) - A New Year's fireworks display went extremely awry last night, when investigators say the fireworks sparked a blaze that ultimately destroyed 300 porta-potties. The San Antonio fire started in the grass and spread to a rental business, News 4 reports. No one was injured except one firefighter who stepped... More »

Dubai Blows Away NYE Fireworks Record

400K fireworks set off to welcome 2014

(Newser) - Dubai, home of the world's tallest building, decided to usher in 2014 in typical over-the-top fashion with the biggest fireworks display in history. Guinness World Records staff certified that the spectacular 30-minute show, featuring 400,000 fireworks over dozens of miles of shoreline, was the biggest ever, easily beating... More »

5 of the Most Bizarre New Year's Traditions

Dishes and grapes and effigies, oh my!

(Newser) - Think it's weird that you're going to drunkenly sing "Auld Lang Syne" when the clock strikes midnight? Well, don't feel too strange. Oddee rounds up 10 even weirder New Year's Eve traditions from around the world. A sampling:
  • In Denmark, revelers throw dishes at one
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How 'Auld Lang Syne' Became the New Year's Eve Anthem

And what the heck it means

(Newser) - It's New Year's Eve, which means there are a bunch of articles out there regarding that most perplexing of traditions, the singing of "Auld Lang Syne." Today I Found Out explains how it became a New Year's Eve staple: In 1929, Guy Lombardo and the... More »

It's 2014 Somewhere

Images of celebrations from around the world

(Newser) - It's that time of year again: Time for Australia and New Zealand to steal everybody else's thunder. Auckland has already rung in 2014, and Sydney has lit up the sky with its annual much-heralded firework extravaganza. In most of the rest of the world, everyone's still just... More »

Too Drunk to Drive? AAA Offers New Year's Eve Help

'Tow to Go' program will get you and your car to a safe place

(Newser) - If you find yourself too buzzed to drive home while celebrating the new year, AAA can help. Its "Tow to Go" program (which has actually been around since 1998) offers free rides tonight and tomorrow, whether you're a member or not. The service is meant to help people... More »

Pay $375 to Attend NYE Party ... at Applebee's

Oh, but if you're a kid under 12 it only costs $250

(Newser) - It's come to this, America: Two New York City Applebee's are charging $375 for the privilege of attending their 4-hour New Year's Eve party. This from the restaurant chain that, MarketWatch reminds us, is known for its two-for-$20 dinner deals. The "night to remember," being... More »

Sotomayor to Trigger Times Square Ball Drop

She'll be 1st Supreme Court justice to do so

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor is set to make history tomorrow night as the first Supreme Court justice to lead the world's most-watched New Year's Eve celebration. The Bronx native has been chosen to follow the likes of Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, and Muhammad Ali by pressing the crystal-covered button to... More »

How to Ease Your New Year's Hangover

Many of us will be starting 2013 with a headache

(Newser) - Did a bit of drinking last night? Here are a few tips to help with the hangover you're probably facing this morning, courtesy of ABC News , WebMD , and BuzzFeed :
  • Yes, that coffee really will help. Caffeine has been shown to help reduce the effects of adenosine, the chemical that
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