I’m cheating really, because a. at the time this was posted, I was at London’s Gatwick airport, not at my computer and b. I learned it yesterday. But it’s interesting, so here you go. I’m not going to do any research into this or re-write any of this information because I don’t have the time. I have to thank a college friend who is now living in Israel for posting this on Facebook yesterday.
For a very interesting history of New Year’s Eve, check out this article that first appeared in U.S. News and World Report in 1996.