Facts You Probably don’t Need

  •  The first New Year’s Eve ball drop took place in 1907. The first ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and had 100 light bulbs.


  • Today’s New Year’s ball now has 32,000 LED lights and weighs in at a whopping 11,875 pounds.


  •  The only time the annual ball drop wasn’t held was 1942 and 1943 due to the wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City. Crowds still gathered and had a minute of silence at midnight, followed by chimes ringing out from sound trucks in Times Square.


  •  The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.


  •  An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its  brain.


  •  Pepsi originally contained the enzyme called pepsin, which serves to digest proteins found in ingested food, thus the name.


  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.


  • Over 1,000,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain in Rome, Italy every year. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for the needy.


  • A duel containing three people is called a “truel.”


Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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