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Friday, December 29, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Wow. New Year's Eve is Sunday! Where has the year gone? So many things accomplished, and still so many things left to do. We never seem to achieve what we want to, but we keep trying. At least it's that way for me. I have a list of things I wanted to get done this year taped to my refrigerator and only a little more than half of them are crossed off. What I really need is a 14-month year.

But, complaints and fantasies aside, if you are going out to celebrate this weekend, please be safe and have fun!

Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

HINT: (1954- ), is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

About 1 million people gather in New York City's Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. Today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.

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The first New Year's celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates.

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Auld Lang Syne is the song traditionally sung at the end of New Year's parties. Poet Robert Burns wrote it in 1788.Though most people do not know the words to Auld Lang Syne, the overall message is that people have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close in their hearts.

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Make sure to be surrounded by family or loved ones on New Year's Eve. The first person you come across in the new year could set the tone for the next 12 months.

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Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he or she will experience (what an incentive for staying healthy!). Tradition also says that legumes bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins.

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Many people ring in New Year's by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time. The bubbly stuff dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

ANSWER: Oprah Winfrey.