New Year

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For Whopping Fee, You Can Ring in the New Year Twice

PrivateFly's 12-hour flight from Sydney to LA makes it possible

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when most of us swill cheap champagne from plastic glasses and the ultra-rich board the world's fastest long-range private jet so they can ring in the New Year twice. For a measly $184,500, you and 17 of your nearest and dearest... More »

Twin Babies Born in Totally Different Years

'So it means two birthday parties, back to back'

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see everyday: Twins born this week in San Diego arrived into the world in completely different years. NBC San Diego reports Jaelyn Valencia was born at 11:59pm Dec. 31, 2015 at the Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center. Her younger brother Luis followed at... More »

10 Most Expensive New Year's Eve Cities

New York City doesn't come in until No. 8

(Newser) - Spending New Year's Eve in New York City? You may be surprised to know it's not the most expensive place you could be. (Though even its Olive Garden is pricey .) CheapHotels.org looked at the cheapest double room available from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 in 30... More »

9 Choke to Death on New Year Rice Cakes

Japan sees such deaths every January

(Newser) - It's both a New Year tradition and New Year killer: The Japanese eat an average of about 2 pounds of chewy rice cakes called mochi each year, most during the first week in January. And each year, a handful of people choke to death on them. This year'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 »

Help Pick Mark Zuckerberg's 'New Year's Resolution'

Or, as he calls it, a 'personal challenge' for 2015

(Newser) - If you have too many awesome New Year's resolution ideas to use them all yourself, consider giving one to Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder commits himself to one "personal challenge" each year, and for 2015, he's asking for help. "I'm crowdsourcing ideas for my next... 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 »

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 »

New Year, New Diet? Make a Real Resolution Instead

CNN offers better options for mental and physical fitness

(Newser) - It's that wondrous time of the year when lots of us embark on that annual exercise in futility known as the New Year's resolution to drop a couple of pounds. But there are plenty of different, more achievable goals that can have you feeling better next year—and... More »

How to Make Better New Year's Resolutions

Aim to do less, not more: researchers

(Newser) - Let us guess: Your New Year's resolution is to learn a new language, do yoga three times a week, or read a book a day. Well, according to Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir and Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, those are exactly the sorts of resolutions you shouldn't be making.... 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 »

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 »

What's Out, What's In in 2012

The 'Washington Post' predicts the whims of the new year

(Newser) - A new year dawns, and the trend-predictors at the Washington Post have fashioned a comprehensive list of what will be in and what will be out in 2012:
  • Out: Ryan Gosling
  • In: Michael Fassbender
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Who Has the Biggest New Year's Eve?

China and the rest of its time zone, with its more than 1B people

(Newser) - If you're looking to celebrate New Year's Eve with a whole bunch of other people, head to China. The time zone that includes China plus Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Timor, and parts of Siberia, Indonesia, and Australia must have at least 1.5 billion... More »

5 Things You Can No Longer Do in 2011

Sorry, K2 addicts...

(Newser) - As we rang in the new year, we also rang in about 31,000 new state laws. The Week rounds up five you should know about:
  • In California: If you were planning on, say, creating a fake Facebook profile for your mortal enemy, think again. Impersonating someone online is now
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January 17 Will Be Saddest Day of 2011

So say the social researchers

(Newser) - Get the tissues handy: The saddest day of the year approaches. One researcher pegs that as Jan. 17 for a host of reasons—the presents are gone, the bills are due, the resolutions are busted, it's cold ... you get the picture. The New York Post rounds up that and other... More »

Man Killed in New Year's Fireworks Accident

Police not sure yet if alcohol was involved

(Newser) - An Illinois man got a little too excited about the new year, and paid for it with his life. Robert Freund, 31, decided to celebrate by lighting a large firework shortly after midnight this morning, reports Chicago Breaking News . It went off, injuring him in the head and chest, and... More »

Happy New Year! iPhone Alarms Fail

Not a great way to start off 2011

(Newser) - If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock, 2011 might have gotten off to a late start for you this morning. One-time iOS alarms failed around the world, Macworld reports. Twitter rumblings were picked up by blogs like Engadget and TiPb , and Jason Snell confirmed the problem for Macworld,... More »

It's 2011 Somewhere: Australia Rings in New Year

The celebrations have begun...

(Newser) - You may be just waking up, but it's already 2011 somewhere—namely Australia and New Zealand, the first major countries to see the new year. Sydney celebrated with what's been touted as the world's most sophisticated New Year's fireworks display, the BBC reports. So, while you're waiting for your own... More »

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