Friday, January 8, 2016

Eight Other New Year's Symbols-- Part 1: The Ball, IndyCar and Peach

From the Dec.30, 2015, Chicago Tribune.

BALL--  New York City, 12 feet in diameter.  A symbol of Times Square's New years Eve celebration since 1907, the ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and is illuminated by 32,256 LED lights-- 8,064 of each in red, blue, green and white.

INDYCAR--  Indianapolis, 17 feet tall.  The two-seater, carbon-fiber IndyCar weighs 1,100 pounds.  It is raised up to 90 feet, depending upon the wind, above a crowd in downtown Indianapolis.

At 11:59 p.m., the suspended race car descends to fanfare and fireworks.

PEACH--  Atlanta, 8 feet tall by 8 feet wide.  The Peach Drop has taken place since 1989.  Weighing more than 800 pounds, it is made of the same materials as surfboards-- fiberglass and foam.

It takes the peach 58 seconds seconds to descend a 138-foot tower of lights.

Happy New Years.  --RoadDog

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