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New Year’s Eve

  1. Before You Ruin Yourself With Champagne Tonight, Find Out How It Works

    Somebody call Dr. Spaceman!

    Just because it's New Year's Eve doesn't mean we can't all sit down and learn ourselves a little bit of science. For example, where do sparkling wine and Champagne get their bubble-y consistency from, and why does a bottle of Champagne pop when you open it? Watch this Reactions video to discover why, and be sure to impress your party guests with your newfound knowledge later.

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  2. Netflix Is Finally the Perfect Babysitter With Its New Year’s Eve Countdown For Kids

    Shhhhh no one tell the children.

    The reason for the season is getting kids to bed early so you can have a cocktail. Or fall asleep early yourself!

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  3. Have a Happy New Year With Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

    i'll just leave this here

    Look, I know it's January 2nd, but you're going to want to do New Years all over again for these party animals. Previously in Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

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  4. Happy New Year! Here’s Ten Things to Look Forward to in 2014!

    Almost Totally Excellent

    Your bed, on New Years Day, with your head under a pillow, is not exactly the best way to look at the new year. So here are ten things, roughly starting from the beginning of the year, that we have to look forward to in 2014.

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  5. Here Are Our Geeky 2014 Resolutions, What Are Yours?

    Make lists. Watch more TV and movies. Yeah. That sounds like us.

    On yesterday's episode of The Geekosystem Podcast we took a look back at 2013. Today we want to look at the year ahead and share our geeky New Year's resolutions, and ask you about yours. Are you going to learn to knit yourself a Jayne hat? Translate The Silmarillion into Klingon? Get a Pac-Man kill screen? Let us know.

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  6. What Could $1.6 Million In Stolen Apple Products Look Like?

    Whatever hangovers, hookups, or regrettable strikeouts your New Year's Eve may have had in store, we're prepared to say your evening was probably still better than that of Apple Store employees in Paris, who not only had to work the holiday, but spent it being held up by a team of armed robbers. Just one employee was slightly hurt, thankfully, but the robbers escaped in a van brimming over with Apple gadgets before police arrived on the scene. The company isn't sharing the particulars of just what goods were nicked in this Grand Theft Apple, but they have put the price tag for the whole theft at about 1 millions euros, or close to $1.6 million. What goods could a theft that big from an Apple store have potentially netted the thieves responsible? We do the math below.

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  7. Curiosity Sends Lackluster New Year’s Eve Message From Mars

    This might sound like a spoiled rich kid complaining they asked for a Ferrari for their birthday but got a Lamborghini instead, but when NASA's Curiosity rover tweeted that it would have a special New Year's message for the people gathered in Times Square last night, I thought it would be more... special? It was nice of NASA to send a message at all, but I hope the message Curiosity sends me for my birthday is better-- and that it's a Lamborghini.

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  8. Today Will be PSY’s Last Performance of “Gangnam Style,” But Let’s Not Get Too Excited

    Proving that dreams do in fact come true on the night of New Year's Eve, worldwide internet phenomenon PSY -- to clarify, we are not saying that he is in any way deserving of such a title -- announced that tonight's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve will play host to his final "Gangnam Style" live performance in North America. Let us say that once more, because we simply cannot get enough of how sweet it sounds: Last time. In North America. As in EVER! While PSY will still be performing "Gangnam Style" and its signature dance move in other countries around the world as a farewell tour of sorts, we on the western side of the globe can be the first to finally stop stuffing cotton and other nearby objects into our ears to muffle the auditory garbage. But let's not get too ahead of ourselves, people, because according to sources, one rubbish song-and-dance from PSY apparently begets another.

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  9. You’ll Put Your Eye Out, Kid: Doctors Warn of Dangers of Flying Champagne Corks

    It's New Year's Eve, which means plenty of us will be following a certain great global tradition --going home with a stranger in a desperate, booze-addled effort to prove that we, too, are worthy of love. In another tradition, this will leave plenty of us wishing that we were blind when we wake up tomorrow morning to welcome another year. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, though, reminds us that, aside from "while you're pulling on your pants and calling a cab tomorrow morning," being blind is not a desirable condition. The organization has even issued a handy public service warning to remind people to exercise caution when popping the champagne this evening, as the flying corks can put eyes out just as easily as a Red Ryder BB Gun.

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  10. Limo Service Uber Will Gouge You on New Year’s Eve, but They’re Upfront About It

    Don't drink and drive. To prevent drinking and driving, companies like Uber offer smartphone apps that can summon classy limos and town cars, complete with driver, to your location. That's very noble of them, but Uber is also a business. That's why Uber has emailed its users to warn them of increased New Year's Eve pricing. It's part of what they call "surge pricing," but it sounds an awful lot like price gouging. They warn users that they can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for a ride during peak hours on New Year's Eve. For that much, the driver better be a jeet kune do master ready to take you on a crime-fighting adventure around town.

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  11. This Giant Papercraft Hulk Sculpture Was Awesome And Then Got Lit On Fire

    There's awesome New Years Eve tradition in Ecuador where a whole bunch of talented artists built big paper and wooden sculptures called "años viejos," or "old years" in English. The sculptures depict all kinds of things, like the Hulk above, as well as Smurfs, dinosaurs, Shadow the Hedgehog, whatever your heart desires, really. Then, they all get lit on fire to bid farewall to the past year. Fortunately, before everything was torched, Photographer Ricardo Bohorquez got a bunch of pictures from the celebration in Guayaquil and the sculptures are stunning.

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  12. Deepest Wishes for a Joyful Belly Rub [Video]

    And All Was Right With the World

    Look, guys, here's the deal. I had to choose a video for the end of 2011. Something that could bring a smile to everyone's face, every single person who happens upon our humble little space on the web. And all I could think was that maybe everyone had a year that they loved, or just liked, or merely tolerated, or completely hated. But in the end, maybe we could use the human equivalent of a belly rub. As a reward, as an antidote, whatever is needed. So I give you Mackie, the Boston terrier, and the strange noises he makes until he finally gets his belly rub in the end. I think we can all relate. And for a bonus, because you deserve it, Mackie asking for some mac 'n' cheese.

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Wheatley Catch

    Things We Saw Today

    It was a good year for video games. By Sage. (via Diary of a Death Starlette)

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  14. No One Knows What “Auld Lang Syne” Means. Now, Guess What This Post Is About.

    Olden Lore

    Okay, some people know what "Auld Lang Syne" means, and some might even know some, most, or even all of its lyrics. But why do we sing it at New Year's ... and what does it mean, anyway? Is this something we missed in school? A lost relic of times when we, as a people, drank buttered rum and roast goose at the holidays, somehow stowed away in the dusty attics of our minds, taken out once a year and covered with so many cobwebs that we can barely recognize it anymore? Depressed yet? Come inside, we will learn this together.

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  15. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sang a Song, and Then the Internet Exploded [Video]

    it's time to play the music

    Okay, if you haven't seen this by now, you ... just haven't spent a lot of time on the internet because you have a bunch of presents to play with. That's actually pretty great! But now, for your viewing and listening pleasure -- and because it's New Year's Eve -- here are the dynamic duo of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt performing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" And no, we still don't know what he's doing in The Dark Knight Rises. But your ears will enjoy this greatly. (via HelloGiggles)

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  16. Happy New Year 2011!

    Happy New Year 2011! We can't put it better than Neil Gaiman:

    May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

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  17. Taiwanese CGI Rings in the New Year with Father Time 2010 and Baby New Year 2011 Kicking Each Other in the Face

    Ridiculous Taiwanese "news network," NMA TV, rings in 2011 by showcasing a fight between Father Time 2010 and Baby New Year 2011. The video features an old man sneakily kicking a baby in a top hat in the face, and a retaliation of floating bicycle kicks. Though Father Time 2010 loses out, Taiwanese CGI declares the year ends on a cliffhanger, as many of 2010's biggest issues begin to gang up on Baby New Year 2011.

    Did I mention the baby in a top hat is wearing a diaper and has a gun? Because the baby in a top hat is wearing a diaper and has a gun.

    (via Mediaite)

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  18. This Penguin is Super Excited for 2011

    Either that or he's trying to convince some parental units that he can TOTALLY stay up until midnight, mom, GOD! (via Neatorama.)

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