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New Year's Eve Trivia

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Here are a few questions to stump your friends at New Year's celebrations this weekend.

Question #1: Why do we drop a ball on New Year's Eve?

Answer: Dropping a ball was actually a practice started in the 1800s in England. They would drop a "timeball" at one o'clock every afternoon so sailors could synchronize their chronometers.

Question #2: New Year's Day was not always celebrated on January 1st. What was the start of the new year in 2000 BC?

Answer: It was actually the first day of Spring. Julius Caesar changed it when he implemented the Julian calendar.

Question #3: Which of these foods is considered bad luck to eat on New Year's -- grapes, lobster, or ham?

Answer: Grapes and ham are actually considered good luck. Lobster is bad luck in Austrian culture because the crustacean walks backwards -- meaning it might cause your luck to reverse.

Question #4: How did the tradition of wearing sparkly, lit up hats begin in modern times?

Answer: In 1907-08 the waiters in fancy New York restaurants had battery-powered lights on the tops of their top hats. At midnight, they lit up to display 1908.

Question #5: What does Old Lang Syne mean?

Answer: Old Long Since.

Here is one more fact for you -- according to statistics from the Nielsen company, more than twenty percent of all champagne bottles sold each year in America are sold during the month of December.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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