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Indiana Twins Were Born in Different Decades

Indiana brother and sister arrived just before and just after midnight

(Newser) - An Indiana woman knew which of her twins, a boy and a girl, would be born first. "She's been in position for most of the pregnancy," Dawn Gilliam said. But she didn't know that Joslyn would be born a decade ahead of her brother. She arrived... More »

Advice for New Year: Don't Abbreviate 2020

Authorities warn that could make it easy for scammers to modify a check or legal document

(Newser) - It's a security tip unique to this particular new year: Authorities say people should avoid abbreviating the year 2020 on checks and any other documents. Instead, write out "2020" in its entirety. Why? Writing "1/3/20" or something like that makes it easy for someone to doctor the... More »

World Rings In 2020

And ushers out 2019

(Newser) - Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020 from the AP :
  • Rio de Janeiro: About 3
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Moscow Forced to Use Fake Snow in Holiday Display

Residents used to harsh winters can expect more like this one

(Newser) - With Russia having its warmest winter on record, an executive decision was made: The government is trucking in artificial snow to Moscow in time for the city's New Year's celebration. The shipments are being added to a holiday display in the city center, the Guardian reports. An Instagram... More »

iPhone Tweet Means Demotion for Workers at Rival

A big whoops for Huawei

(Newser) - Falling solidly under the "you had one job" umbrella this week is a story out of China. If you're responsible for updating Huawei Technologies' social media pages, highlighting a rival tech company probably isn't the best idea—which is exactly what two Huawei employees just discovered. Reuters... More »

Putin's New Year's Note to Trump: Let's Work Together

Russian president calls for 'pragmatic cooperation,' 'mutual respect' between 2 countries

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is heading into the new year with hopes that Russia and the US can move toward a "pragmatic cooperation" that will allow them to work together over the long haul. Per the Kremlin, that's the gist of the New Year's message the Russian president sent... More »

Coming in 2018: Plugged-In Grandmas

And 9 other predictions, in AI, health care, the economy, and more

(Newser) - At no time of year do more people whip out the "out with the old and in with the new" mantra than on Jan. 1, and LinkedIn has surveyed CEOs, economists, scholars, and "other bold thinkers" to see what changes they expect to see worldwide in 2018. These... More »

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 »

Most Americans Want 2017 to Hurry Up and Get Here: Poll

Optimism for new year may be impacted by one's political leanings, however

(Newser) - Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts, and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they're entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year, the AP reports. A... 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 »

First Baby of 2015? Good Luck Finding Out

Many hospitals no longer announcing 'Baby New Year'

(Newser) - Bye-bye, Baby New Year. The crowning of the year's first baby is being kept secret in many communities as hospitals say safety concerns trump tradition. Community Health Systems—one of the country's largest health care operators—recently ordered its 207 facilities to stop publicizing the first baby of... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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