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.