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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?

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Make 2014 a great year!



  1. H (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

      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 (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

    • allyson (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

      i really like this acticl

  2. austin (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

    • Lexi (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

      Click on “history of the ball”

  3. austin (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  4. Robert (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    WWII

  5. enzo (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    its because of the war

  6. kevin (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  7. Bob (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  8. John (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    it no drop why it so sad.

  9. ayden (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Im so happy for the new year well try something new and we’ll have something fun to look forward too.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
    :-D :-D

    • Carley (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  10. matthew (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  11. Raylandra (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Happy New Years everybody !!!!!!!

  12. Chasity (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Happy New Years

    Hope you have a good year

  13. Sky (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  14. RB (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  15. TH (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Happy New Year

  16. R (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!:)

  17. allyson (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

    • Skyler (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  18. Angela (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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.

  19. Devan (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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.

  20. Shane (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Applle will probably make some new device this year. :P

  21. Ryan (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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!

  22. Sarah (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  23. Drake (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  24. Anjaleena (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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.

  25. bailey (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    it was because of the wartime blackout

  26. cooper (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  27. Jordan (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    I think it will be a fun year

  28. skye (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    it did not say why it drop the ball

  29. Hongtao (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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

  30. andrew (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  31. Grayce (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    THE NEW YEARS BALL IS AWESOME!

  32. Renee (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Haha

  33. Larissa (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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?

  34. Abbye (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  35. Olivia (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  36. Skyler (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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!!!

  37. Braxton (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    It has happened you know

  38. Brandi (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  39. Avery (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  40. Michael (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Iam looking forward to the new year
    :) :)

  41. M.M.S (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  42. Cameron (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  43. Joe (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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

  44. Anna (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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

  45. harmoni (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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

  46. harmoni (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    the ball drop was awsome

  47. JOJO (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    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.

  48. Luke (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

    Make it 2014

  49. brennna (Reply) on Monday 6, 2014

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