The New Year's Eve Ball Drop, Explained
More than a billion people worldwide watch the ball drop every New Year's Eve.By Katie Link | December 29, 2015
There's the funny glasses, the champagne, the pressure to find someone to kiss, the dramatic countdown and finally ... the ball drops and it's a brand new year.
It's estimated more than one billion people worldwide tune in to watch that massive ball slide down the pole on New Year's Eve when the clock strikes midnight. But why do we do it?
It turns out a ball drop is a really outdated way to tell time. Time balls were created in the early 1800s to help sailors keep track of the precise time of the day.