6 Facts about New Year’s Eve that might make you rethink your holiday choices

6 Facts about New Year’s Eve that might make you rethink your holiday choices

CultureDecember 28, 2017


In a 1999 study by Duke University, researchers found that 83 percent of people were disappointed with their New Year’s Eve celebration. Having lower expectations of the night, turns out, resulted in far more happiness.
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Close to 11 million gallons of champagne is consumed on NYE, or some 360 million glasses. 
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Close to one out of every four people (or 22 percent) in America admit they fall asleep before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that over half of traffic fatalities on New Year’s Day involve alcohol — the highest percentage of any U.S. holiday. Even still, Thanksgiving and Fourth of July historically remain the deadliest day for drivers.
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The ubiquitous New Year’s Eve song, “Auld Lang Syne,” is an old Scottish folk song that roughly translates to “for the sake of old times.” Many Japanese department stores play it to remind customers when doors are about to close.
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Almost half of all adults in the U.S. make New Year’s Eve resolutions, the most common of which by a long shot is to get healthier. Twenty-five percent keep them for only a week, while 80 percent of all resolutions fail by February.