Five Pieces Of New Year's Weirdness
As you recover from your New Year's Eve party, rest assured that no matter how weird it got, it could have gotten weirder. The changing of the year seems to bring out some odd stuff.
Here are just five examples of New Year's Weirdness.
This clip features Father Time getting blasted by rayguns, a whole pit-and-the-pendulum thing carving up the old year and guys singing in a large champagne glass. And, to top it off there's Santa pushing cigarettes.
We don't know what to make of this one. It purports to be an early BBC
TV clip. Our advice: Do not look at this if you're still tripping. Then
again, you may fall asleep before it gets weird, because attention spans back then were really, really long.
We'll let whoever put this yup on YouTube handle the description: "On New Year's Eve 1969, various characters from Russian folklore gather in the hut of Baga Yaga to await the arrival of the New Year 1970 (portrayed as a high foreign guest), amid much foolery, snippets of popular artists of the day, satirical views of the west via a magical kaleidoscope, and other silliness."
Here, we have a skeptical-looking Johnny Carson introducing a Times Square correspondent who will describe the ball droppping to bring in 1966. Which the dude does, rambling on almost incomprehensibly -- The new year comes with a war, "more taxes on cabaret and theaters, an increase in social security taxes" he tells us. (Buzzkill, maaan .) Then he says the crowd is going home "like the lemmings of Norway -- there may be a transit strike, some of them may end up footsore and weary."
Mr. Sunshine then ends up with "why the young people gather here in the triangle made by Seventh Avenue and Broadway we don't know, but they do it year after year and they'll continue to do it until there is no more radio, TV or any communication !!" Then it's back to Johnny, where a very sedate audience foxtrots on his stage.
Finally, bring in the New Year with Elvis, playing Pittsburgh in 1976, months from his death, and reading the lyrics to "My Way."
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