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14 Bizarre Things Americans Drop on New Year’s Eve

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Year after year, many Americans find themselves watching a giant ball drop in Times Square, New York, as one year changes into the next. However, the iconic Waterford Crystal ball is not the only thing dropping across the United States on New Years Eve.

A Giant Peep in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

A 4-foot, 9-inch tall Peep, weighing in at 400 pounds, rings in the new year in Bethlehem, home of the famous marshmallow treat modeled after the young domesticated fowl.

A Dead Fish in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

This year will be like every other in Prairie du Chien when a 20 to 30 pound carp affectionately referred to as “Lucky” will be lowered by crane onto its thrown as area residents ring in the new year. Why a carp? Because the Mississippi River and also luck. Obviously.

Actual Bologna in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Around 70 pounds of bologna will be dropped during the 22nd year of this town’s annual celebration. New this year: a 6 foot-tall Bologna Ranger to accompany the bologna on its way down. In total, 200 pounds of fresh meat will be donated to people in need following the event.

Pac-Man in Hanover, Pennsylvania

For the sixth year in a row, a large Pac-Man will drop at the Timeline Arcade during an event complete with fireworks, food, music, and, you guessed it, video games.

An Olive in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

A well-lit oversized olive drops from the top of Price Tower, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in Bartlesville, OK. As the clock strikes midnight, the olive finds itself in an equally oversized martini glass.

A Pickle (not an Olive) in Mt. Olive, North Carolina

A 3 foot pickle drops from a flagpole into a redwood pickle tank at the intersection of Cucumber and Vine in Mt. Olive. The pickle falls precisely at midnight Greenwich Mean Time which happens to be 7 p.m. Mt. Olive time. At

More Pickles in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Dillsburg has nothing to do with pickles but that hasn’t stopped the town from dropping a pickle on New Year’s Eve for the last 25 years. Mrs. Pickle falls at 7 p.m. every New Year’s Eve, much like the aforementioned pickle of Mt. Olive, followed by the dropping of Mr. Pickle at midnight.

A Large Flea in Eastover, North Carolina

Each year, a 30-pound, 3 foot-tall ceramic flea falls in Eastover, formerly known as Flea Hill.

Some Cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin

The Cheese Capital of the World (self proclaimed) drops cheese. A large piece of Sartori cheese, to be exact.

A Giant Watermelon Full of Watermelons in Vincennes, Indiana

At the top of a large pole, a 500-pound watermelon ball opens to reveal 19 real watermelons before they fall to their deaths in a cordoned off area below.

An Actual Drag Queen in Key West, Florida

Not only does Key West use a real live drag queen for their drop, they use a real life drag queen in a giant shoe. If drag queens in shoes aren’t your thing, you can also find a 6-foot conch shell and a pirate wench dropping nearby.

A Giant Hershey’s Kiss in Hershey, Pennsylvania

This isn’t the giant Hershey’s Kiss you were gifted last minute for Christmas last year. No, this Hershey’s Kiss is a whopping 340-pounds and drops at midnight in ChocolateTown Square.

A Sardine in Eastport, Maine

A very large and very not real (read: not smelly) sardine drops in Eastport each year. One hour before the sardine, the town also drops a maple leaf in honor of their very nearby Canadian neighbors.

A Stuffed Muskrat in Princess Anne, Maryland

Princess Anne doesn’t just drop a rodent on New Year’s Eve, Princess Anne drops a stuffed rodent clad in top hat and bow tie on New Year’s Eve.

There certainly is no shortage of strange, interesting and completely normal things dropping on New Year’s Eve across the United States. While time balls are now obsolete, the tradition of dropping things at a predetermined time lives on.

 

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Nirvana Sued by Baby on ‘Nevermind’ Cover, Who Alleges He Was ‘Sexual Exploitation’ Victim

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The man who was depicted naked underwater as an infant in Nirvana’s iconic 1991 album “Nevermind” has sued the band, alleging that he was a victim of child pornography.

The lawsuit is likely to be a longshot, considering that non-sexualized photographs of infants aren’t considered child pornography by law.

However, Elden – whose penis was exposed in the image – argues that the image is tantamount to sexual abuse and exploitation. His lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, claims that the fact that he appears to be chasing the dollar makes him appear to be “like a sex worker.”

Elden now launched legal action against the band’s surviving members and the estate of late frontman Kurt Cobain, whose executor is Courtney Love.

The lawsuit states: “The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”

The lawsuit, whose documents were seen by TMZ and Pitchfork, further argues that Elden has suffered “lifelong damages” and that members of Nirvana “knowingly benefitted from their participation” in his “commercial sexual exploitation.”

Continuing, the suit argues that neither he nor his parents authorized “the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”

The child ended up on the album cover after photographer Kirk Weddle convinced his father to allow it. The photos were taken at an Olympic size pool at the Pasadena Aquatic Center in California in 1992.

The family was paid $250 for the image, Entertainment Weekly reported at the time.

Elden had seemingly lived much of his life proud of his association with the album and has since recreated the image as an adult and even gotten the logo for “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest.

Since then, however, he has vocally complained of his relationship to the album.

Speaking to GQ Australia in 2016, he said:

“Recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”

He also claims that women have dumped him after finding out that he wasn’t earning royalties from the hit album, whose tracks have spent an enormous amount of time at the top of sales charts.

However, in a 2015 interview he also claimed to have greatly benefited from the image.

“It is a weird thing to get my head around, being part of such a culturally iconic image,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

“But it’s always been a positive thing and opened doors for me. I’m 23 now and an artist, and this story gave me an opportunity to work with Shepard Fairey for five years, which was an awesome experience,” he added, referring to the Obey designer. “He is a huge music connoisseur: when he heard I was the Nirvana baby, he thought that was really cool.”

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Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm

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If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.

What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.

Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.

But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.

The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.

“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.

“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”

Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.

“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.

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Bill Cosby’s Release From Prison Prompts Strong Mixed Reactions from Hollywood

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The shock overturning of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction elicited a range of mixed reactions on Wednesday, with some greeting the release of the 83-year-old comedian and others sharply denouncing it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered Cosby to be freed from prison after overturning his 2018 conviction for aggravated indecent assault.

One of the first to greet the news was Phylicia Rashad, Cosby’s co-star on The Cosby Show who played Clair Huxtable, the wife of Cosby’s iconic character Cliff Huxtable. In a Twitter post that was sent out minutes after the initial report, Rashad was ecstatic.

“Finally!!!!” she tweeted. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Following a backlash from Twitter users, she later tweeted:

“I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”

Attorney Lisa Banks, who has represented a number of prominent clients in sexual harassment and abuse cases, offered her own take on the release in an interview.

“Certainly the optics of this are terrible,” Banks said. “But the message has to be very clear and simple — that this was a mistake by prosecutors, a very unusual one and a technicality that is unlikely to happen again.”

Talk show host and Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera blamed “mob” justice for Cosby’s conviction in his own Twitter post.

“Told you so on Bill Cosby,” Rivera wrote. “He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case, he was railroaded by the mob.”

However, a number of female celebrities expressed their disturbance and anger over the “sickening” release of Cosby.

“I know many young women and men who are so afraid to press charges against their rapist and Re traumatize themselves I am heartbroken today to hear of the news of Cosby’s release,” tweeted actress Rosanna Arquette. “This is sickening. My heart is with my sister survivors. We have work to do.”

While comedian Kathy Griffin said that the release sent the wrong signal to women suffering sexual abuse, asking: “WHEN will things get better for women and girls regarding sexual assault, sexism, misogyny, and ageism? What will it take? So discouraged.”

Rapper Ice T posted a photoshopped image of a yoked out Bill Cosby covered in tattoos and posing with the caption: “SMH…

50 Cent threw caution and nuance to the wind in outright celebrating Cosby’s release, referring to the elderly actor’s critics as hoe’s in a since-deleted Instagram post of a Jell-O pudding pops ad with the caption:  “My son Bill beat that case, These hoe’s be tripping. LOL check out FOR LIFE on IMDb Tv now!”

Meanwhile, Indiana hip hop artist Freddie Gibbs kept his message simple, noting that accused sex trafficker and R&B star R. Kelly would be “definitely calling Bill Cosby lawyers right now.”

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