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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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2 Killed at Sacramento NYE Celebration

Fireworks canceled after gunman also wounds 3

(Newser) - Sacramento pulled the plug on a New Year's Eve midnight fireworks show after five people were shot, at least two of them fatally. Tens of thousands of people had gathered in the Old Sacramento district for an earlier fireworks display when shots rang out near a bar, CBS reports.... More »

World Welcomes 2013

Burma holds first public NYE bash in decades

(Newser) - Fireworks lit up the sky in big and small cities around the world as people said farewell to 2012 and welcomed the new year. Many hoped for a better 2013 after another year of economic uncertainty, and in New York City's Times Square, some of the hundreds of thousands... More »

Facebook Yanks New Year's Notes Over Privacy Fail

Holiday messages could be read by strangers

(Newser) - Facebook was hoping to allow users to write special messages to be sent at midnight tonight, but a student in Wales discovered a small problem: It's way easy to read—or delete—other people's private notes, the Daily Mail reports. Tweaking the URL of a message sent via... More »

Happy New Year, World

It's 2013 somewhere

(Newser) - It's already 2013 somewhere! Australia of course rang in the New Year first, with a typically brilliant firework display over Sydney Harbour at around 8am East Coast time. Since then, revelers have rung in 2013 across Asia, with notable celebrations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lampur, and more.... More »

NYE Brings Big First in Burma

No fiscal cliff worries in Asia-Pacific...

(Newser) - The looming fiscal cliff is putting a bit of a damper on New Year's Eve celebrations in the US, but not so in Asia, where many of the first countries to welcome the new year are enjoying buoyant economies and are planning huge celebrations. A sampling, per the AP... More »

NC Town's New Year's Eve 'Possum Drop' Squashed

PETA files lawsuit, but fans still 'opossum-istic'

(Newser) - Following outcry from PETA, a judge in North Carolina has put the brakes on a bizarre holiday tradition, reports Fox News . For the past 21 years, the residents of Brasstown have rung in the new year by placing a live possum in a glass box and lowering it for 10... More »

Hundreds of NYE Partiers Injured in Philippines

Official campaign warns of amputations, mangled hands

(Newser) - Officials in the Philippines tried to curb the usual tide of injuries this New Year's Eve and even had some success, the New York Times reports. Hundreds of people are injured there every New Year's by fireworks, fighting, and celebratory gunfire—so officials recently mounted a campaign, running... More »

Fans Slam Cee Lo for Changing 'Imagine' Lyrics

Singer altered 'and no religion too' at Times Square bash

(Newser) - Not everyone is thrilled with Cee Lo Green's lyric change on New Year's Eve, MSNBC reports. When singing John Lennon's "Imagine" at New York's Times Square celebration, he changed "Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too" to "Nothing to kill... More »

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