Odd if you think about it, Americans celebrate the coming of the New Year by … dropping things. We drop the ball in New York. North Carolinians drop a possum. Wisconsin drops a carp. And, in Mobile, Alabama, they drop the world’s largest MoonPie … from 34-stories high—and, for some reason, 60,000 people actually showed up for this last year.
While other countries think we’re insane for standing in a crowded square for 12 hours just to watch a sparkly ball—or carp or possum or MoonPie, for that matter—fall, they’ve got their own weird New Year’s traditions that pale in comparison to a falling MoonPie.
Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.
1. Argentina; 2. El Salvador; 3. Germany; 4. Spain; 5. Ecuador; 6. Russia; 7. Switzerland; 8. Romania; 9. Belarus; 10. Peru