Here Are the Craziest Things America Will Drop on New Year’s Eve

Possums have it rough.

Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum, lives in Germany and will therefore be spared this New Year's.
National Journal
Matt Berman
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Matt Berman
Dec. 31, 2013, 6:25 a.m.

Amer­ic­ans are really in­to drop­ping stuff. And what bet­ter way to ring out 2013 and wel­come 2014 than by toss­ing a pos­sum or two? 

This goes deep­er than Ry­an Seacrest and a gi­ant spark­ling ball slowly fall­ing in the middle of New York City’s Times Square hell-pit. All around the coun­try, towns are get­ting ready to drop some really, truly bizarre stuff. 

Here are some of the high­lights.

An­im­als, Real and Ima­gined

  • Tall­apoosa, Ga., will be drop­ping the tra­di­tion­al stuffed pos­sum at mid­night. It’s name is Spen­cer, and PETA isn’t a big fan of the en­deavor.
  • After a North Car­o­lina judge de­cided to let the event pro­ceed des­pite PETA’s protests, a cap­tured pos­sum in a plastic box will drop in Brasstown at mid­night. This live pos­sum drop has happened every year for two dec­ades.
  • Mar­shall P. Muskrat, who is a stuffed muskrat, will soar over down­town Prin­cess Anne, Md., on a zip line at mid­night.
  • Chuck, a 6-foot-tall fake chick­en, will drop in Delta, Ohio, at mid­night. “We couldn’t do a live one,” says Ma­bel Hud­son, a com­mit­tee chair­man. “We would have had PETA out here.”
  • A gi­ant fake sardine will drop from a build­ing in down­town East­port, Maine.
  • A hog sculp­ture will drop in Fay­etteville, Ark.
  • A 600-pound, 20-foot fiber­glass fish named Wylie Wal­leye will drop in Port Clin­ton, Ohio. “When we’re go­ing down I-75, the truck drivers are talk­ing about Wylie the Wal­leye,” says the fish’s hand­ler.
  • Beaver­town, Pa., drops a … stuffed beaver. Of course.

Food­stuffs and Fruit

  • Ply­mouth, Wis., will drop the “big cheese” at mid­night.
  • A bit earli­er in the even­ing, a dough­nut will drop in Hager­stown, Md.’s pub­lic square. 
  • Miami will do something of a re­verse drop, send­ing its “Big Or­ange” up the city’s Hotel In­ter­Con­tin­ent­al.
  • A pine­apple will drop in Sara­sota, Fla. Catch video of a re­cent drop here.
  • A gi­ant pea­nut M&M and a gi­ant peach will drop in At­lanta. Why an M&M? Be­cause not even the whole­some New Year’s hol­i­day drop can es­cape cor­por­ate spon­sor­ship.
  • Here’s a par­tic­u­larly fun event: Vincennes, Ind., will drop 14 wa­ter­mel­ons at mid­night, with “en­ter­tain­ment” from “comedi­an” Galla­gh­er who is known as be­ing funny for smash­ing wa­ter­mel­ons with a mal­let. Be­fore the drop, there will be a Galla­gh­er look-alike con­test.
  • A massive, glow­ing pickle will drop be­fore mid­night in Mount Olive, N.C.
  • A 75-pound, light-up Peep will drop in Beth­le­hem, Pa.
  • A gi­ant, foam potato will drop in Boise, Idaho. The potato cost $10,000 to make.

If that’s not enough for you, there are al­ways your non­food, non­an­im­al op­tions. Like in Key West, Fla., where a drag queen named Sushi will drop while sit­ting in­side of a very large shoe. Happy New Year!

Animals, Real and Imagined

  • Tall­apoosa, Ga., will be drop­ping the tra­di­tion­al stuffed pos­sum at mid­night. It’s name is Spen­cer, and PETA isn’t a big fan of the en­deavor.
  • After a North Car­o­lina judge de­cided to let the event pro­ceed des­pite PETA’s protests, a cap­tured pos­sum in a plastic box will drop in Brasstown at mid­night. This live pos­sum drop has happened every year for two dec­ades.
  • Mar­shall P. Muskrat, who is a stuffed muskrat, will soar over down­town Prin­cess Anne, Md., on a zip line at mid­night.
  • Chuck, a 6-foot-tall fake chick­en, will drop in Delta, Ohio, at mid­night. “We couldn’t do a live one,” says Ma­bel Hud­son, a com­mit­tee chair­man. “We would have had PETA out here.”
  • A gi­ant fake sardine will drop from a build­ing in down­town East­port, Maine.
  • A hog sculp­ture will drop in Fay­etteville, Ark.
  • A 600-pound, 20-foot fiber­glass fish named Wylie Wal­leye will drop in Port Clin­ton, Ohio. “When we’re go­ing down I-75, the truck drivers are talk­ing about Wylie the Wal­leye,” says the fish’s hand­ler.
  • Beaver­town, Pa., drops a … stuffed beaver. Of course.

Foodstuffs and Fruit

  • Ply­mouth, Wis., will drop the “big cheese” at mid­night.
  • A bit earli­er in the even­ing, a dough­nut will drop in Hager­stown, Md.’s pub­lic square. 
  • Miami will do something of a re­verse drop, send­ing its “Big Or­ange” up the city’s Hotel In­ter­Con­tin­ent­al.
  • A pine­apple will drop in Sara­sota, Fla. Catch video of a re­cent drop here.
  • A gi­ant pea­nut M&M and a gi­ant peach will drop in At­lanta. Why an M&M? Be­cause not even the whole­some New Year’s hol­i­day drop can es­cape cor­por­ate spon­sor­ship.
  • Here’s a par­tic­u­larly fun event: Vincennes, Ind., will drop 14 wa­ter­mel­ons at mid­night, with “en­ter­tain­ment” from “comedi­an” Galla­gh­er who is known as be­ing funny for smash­ing wa­ter­mel­ons with a mal­let. Be­fore the drop, there will be a Galla­gh­er look-alike con­test.
  • A massive, glow­ing pickle will drop be­fore mid­night in Mount Olive, N.C.
  • A 75-pound, light-up Peep will drop in Beth­le­hem, Pa.
  • A gi­ant, foam potato will drop in Boise, Idaho. The potato cost $10,000 to make.

If that’s not enough for you, there are al­ways your non­food, non­an­im­al op­tions. Like in Key West, Fla., where a drag queen named Sushi will drop while sit­ting in­side of a very large shoe. Happy New Year!

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