Behind the ball drop at New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

The Waterford crystal ball that will drop at midnight is made up of nearly six tons of crystal and LED lights.
1:43 | 12/31/19

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Transcript for Behind the ball drop at New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
We are back with our "Play of the day" counting down to 2020 and taking you high above times square where the party is going to be. Well, ginger is there with that Waterford crystal ball that is going to drop at midnight tonight. Ginger, hello to you again. You found a hat but also we are sure you are about to tell people things about that crystal ball that they did not know. You know what, I'm up here every year and I learn something every year so I'm about to share that. You know these are flown in from Waterford, Ireland. Come up the stairs. Each one, 192 of them are replaced every year. This year it is about the pineapple. That's what you'll see new as far as details go but the picture you're seeing now is actually from 1999 when the steel frame of this ball was constructed in a vault here in 1 times square. Now, what lapped after that was, well, the ball stays up here the whole time. They just replace the crystals. I didn't know that before and thought bit, why do we even drop a ball? Doesn't that seem strange? It all goes back to 1833 in greenwich, England, when they had captains of ships that needed to know what time it was so dropped a lit ball. Lincoln was telling me he remembers when it was made of wood and iron in 1907. Joking. He knew when it was lightbulbs all around the ball. It's a beautiful moment when up to a billion people watch these crystals come down right before we start the new year. So I feel very honored every year to learn new facts and bring them to you this way. We appreciate you sharing them with us, ginger. I'll be thinking about that as we count down and watch the ball drop.

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