Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

Welcome to 2014

New YearsWe do a lot of crazy things to bring in the new year. Let’s see what you can tell the RiddleDude about them:

We consume a lot of food (and alcoholic beverages) at the stroke of midnight. What are the most popular ones and what does it all mean?

What is the history of the New Year’s Resolution?

Why do we sing “Alde Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve?

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2 guesses to Welcome to 2014

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  • Captain Canada

    Champagne and cheese niblets? Because they are so fizzy and expensive/eccentric?

    Trial gym memberships.

    For the novelty of strange words.

  • Captain Canada 1 & 3 are great answers, but not 2. The ancient Babylonians did not have gym memberships. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.