The legendary Times Square ball drop isn't the only thing falling from the sky on New Year's Eve. Many cities have bizarre NYE traditions that involve dropping a random thing from a great height as part of the countdown into the new year. Some cities choose an item that is symbolic of their state or region, but others choose some of the weirdest New Year's Eve drops you can imagine. A peach for Georgia makes a certain amount of sense, but an oversized marshmallow Peep in Pennsylvania? That's got to be among the strangest things that drop to ring in the new year.
The dropped-ball tradition extends back much further than the 20th-century New Year's custom in NYC's Times Square. In 1829, the first "time balls" were built in England, and they were created to help ships tell what time it was. The time balls were flashy and bright, so, of course, people loved them, and they became a major attraction. One has to wonder what those first mariners would have made of the present-day tradition to drop the weirdest things on NYE. Here are a few of the wackiest New Year's Eve drops, decide for yourself if you'd get enthused to watch them fall.
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