Let’s Make Some 2014 Predictions!

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 10.09.30 AMHappy New Year, Everyone!

This is a picture of the New Year’s Ball that has dropped in Times Square every year since 1907, except 1942 and 1943. (Can you guess why it didn’t drop in those two years?) Click on the Ball to find out more fun facts about the New Year’s Eve Ball at the official site of Times Square.

I thought it would be fun to start out the year making some predictions about 2014. What do you think will happen — weather, politics, entertainment, sports…it’s all fair game. Put your predictions in the Comments section. REMEMBER: Comments are moderated and only appropriate and polite comments will be approved and posted. Please, be kind to the moderators: don’t spam our space and use only your first name or your first and last initial.

One more thing about predictions — they’re a great thing to do as you read. In the middle of a story or a book or an article, keep yourself engaged by thinking about what might happen next… or at the end.

Can you predict how I’m going to end this post?


Make 2014 a great year!

55 comments… add one

  • H January 6, 2014, 6:53 pm

    it don’t say why they didn’t drop it.

    • Jeanette January 6, 2014, 7:01 pm

      Hello — thanks for keeping up with the blog. If you click on the image and link to the Times Square site, you’ll find facts about the ball and the ball drop, including why they didn’t drop the ball in 1942 and 1943. You have to link out to that site. Happy reading!

    • Gillian January 6, 2014, 9:41 pm

      They didn’t drop the new year’s ball in 1942 and 1943 because of blackouts.

    • allyson January 7, 2014, 9:23 pm

      i really like this acticl

  • austin January 6, 2014, 7:43 pm

    they didn’t drop it why >:O y u no drop :[

    • Lexi January 8, 2014, 1:54 am

      Click on “history of the ball”

  • austin January 6, 2014, 7:58 pm

    i just found out about the blog and ill try to post every day

  • Robert January 6, 2014, 8:55 pm


  • enzo January 7, 2014, 4:56 pm

    its because of the war

  • kevin January 7, 2014, 5:48 pm

    WWII happened, That is why they didn’t drop the ball.

  • Bob January 7, 2014, 5:50 pm

    Hi,they didn’t drop it because of world war 2 😉

  • John January 7, 2014, 6:27 pm

    it no drop why it so sad.

  • ayden January 7, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Im so happy for the new year well try something new and we’ll have something fun to look forward too.
    😀 😀

    • Carley January 10, 2014, 8:45 pm

      And it is a new year, that means a new start!!!

  • matthew January 7, 2014, 7:53 pm

    i went to the link and i can’t find why they didn’t drop it.

  • Raylandra January 7, 2014, 9:11 pm

    Happy New Years everybody !!!!!!!

  • Chasity January 7, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Happy New Years

    Hope you have a good year

  • Sky January 7, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Why didn’t they drop the ball in 1942 and 1943?

  • RB January 7, 2014, 9:18 pm

    What I predict for 2014 is that this year will have drama even if we don’t want any drama.

  • TH January 7, 2014, 9:20 pm

    Happy New Year

  • R January 7, 2014, 9:20 pm


  • allyson January 7, 2014, 9:24 pm

    i wonder why they didnt drop it??? maybe it broke???

    • Skyler January 15, 2014, 10:21 pm

      it didn’t break.World War 2 was the problem. 😉

  • Angela January 8, 2014, 2:20 am

    I believe the ball wasn’t dropped because around the beginning of the 1940s World War II was going on and the ball probably didn’t drop because dropping the ball might make people angry. The ball dropping might make people angry because another year passed and we are still in a horrible war. Or people say Happy New Year and some people might think how is it a happy new year because again of the war.

  • Devan January 8, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Wartime required all the lights in New York City to be turned off so the ball was put away so New Yorkers applaued and cheered for the new year.

  • Shane January 8, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Applle will probably make some new device this year. 😛

  • Ryan January 8, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I skimmed through to find the answer to why it didn’t drop in 1942/’43. I KNEW it had to do with the war!

  • Sarah January 8, 2014, 6:55 pm

    Well, I hope that 2014 is a great year and that everybody has a nice time.

  • Drake January 8, 2014, 8:04 pm

    it is because 1942 and 1943 WWII was happening specifically the Holocaust

  • Anjaleena January 8, 2014, 8:47 pm

    1. I Think They Didn’t Drop It On Those Years Because They Had To Do Some Major Repairs On It To Make It Sparkly And Shinier.

    2. I Think They Didn’t Drop The Ball On Those Years Because They Wanted It To Be Safer When It Drops.

  • bailey January 9, 2014, 9:54 pm

    it was because of the wartime blackout

  • cooper January 10, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I predict that it is the 14th year of the second millennium

  • Jordan January 10, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I think it will be a fun year

  • skye January 10, 2014, 7:38 pm

    it did not say why it drop the ball

  • Hongtao January 10, 2014, 10:55 pm

    I think it`s because of both the blackout and the world war II pr perhaps New York was under attack and nobody knew how to turn it on and nobody paid attention to it

  • andrew January 12, 2014, 11:35 pm

    I think that when the elections happen that our new president will be a republican.

  • Grayce January 13, 2014, 10:52 pm


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  • Larissa January 14, 2014, 8:53 pm

    I didn’t get to watch the ball drop from the building, my family jut doesn’t do that for some reason… :( Anyhow, why do they even do that? Just to celebrate? Or for a certain reason?

  • Abbye January 14, 2014, 10:52 pm

    I don’t know why the ball didn’t drop in 1942 and 1943. Maybe because of blackouts.

  • Olivia January 15, 2014, 12:29 am

    I feel ‘ya Larissa I didn’t get to watch either!

  • Skyler January 15, 2014, 10:19 pm

    Hey what up the reason they didn’t drop the ball was b/c of the World War 2 =( and my New Year resolution is to stop being bullied to help others that are bullied!!!

  • Braxton January 16, 2014, 12:20 am

    It has happened you know

  • Brandi January 22, 2014, 7:53 pm

    It would be cool if we could find the area of it.

  • Avery January 22, 2014, 8:40 pm

    I think that WWII was the reason of why it didn’t drop.

  • Michael January 23, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Iam looking forward to the new year
    :) :)

  • M.M.S January 24, 2014, 3:32 pm

    The ball is pretty, I haven’t seen it drop for years though.

  • Cameron January 24, 2014, 3:49 pm

    The ball didnt drop because of Ww2 because at the time it was ww2 so ya.

  • Joe January 27, 2014, 7:02 pm

    I think that there will be a ww3 between germans and jews. I also think that world war z is coming soon in real life

  • Anna January 27, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I think that some evolution may take place, however, the probability that this will happen is approximately 27%.

  • harmoni January 28, 2014, 12:35 am

    me and my WHOLE family went to see it in religh we were VIP (very important person) we got to go ice skating and my baby sister skated togtheir me and her had skirts and belly dancer shirts on and jeans jackets. my sister did better than me though.she skated backwards i skated one one leg. my mom picked her up and lifted her over her head and twirled her around my grandparents did not skate my big brother skated. and my baby brother did too. we had a skating contest. me and my big brother skated toghtheir my baby sister and brother skated toghetheir my mom and dad skated toghtheir then the baby babies they held my grandparents hands they skated to toghtheir we gots LOTS of gifts ill make a list

    my list of presents
    1. 4 dolls – me and sister
    2. dolls and tablet and phone – me my sister and my brother

  • harmoni January 28, 2014, 12:36 am

    the ball drop was awsome

  • JOJO January 28, 2014, 5:11 pm

    i love the blog and 2014 is going to be the best year ever. that means 5th grade the best grade you can be in. new invetions and cool awsome toys. hope all the boys and girls have fun this year.

  • Luke February 3, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Make it 2014

  • brennna February 3, 2014, 7:56 pm

    i want to go their someday that would be way cool:)


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