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    The Times Square ball gets all the publicity, but it's not the only thing being dropped on Dec. 31 -- and we're not talking bad habits.

    Seems like almost every city -- big and small -- marks the new year by dropping something from a tall building or a crane


    For instance, the city of Memphis, Tenn., will honor its musical heritage and the beginning of 2011 by dropping a giant illuminated Les Paul guitar from scaffolding alongside the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street

    Meanwhile, Traverse City, Mich., the self-proclaimed cherry capital of the world, will drop a giant cherry for the second year in a row.

    Chatham, Mass., also has plans to hook people to its New Year's celebration. Ever since 2007, the festivities have been highlighted by having a giant cod drop down to signal the new year.

    Lebanon, Pa., will ring in the new year by dropping a 7-foot-long bologna from a tall building

    •Residents of Mobile, Ala., will witness the plunge of a lighted 12-foot, 600-pound MoonPie

    Port Clinton, Ohio, residents will celebrate at midnight when a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass walleye fish

    Eastport, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada, will have an international flavor to their New Year's parties. Eastport shares a bay with the Canadian province and during the annual New Year's Eve celebration, a giant red maple leaf is lowered from the top floor window of a museum in downtown Eastport at 11 p.m. local time to ring in the Canadian New Year. Then at midnight an 8-foot-long, realistically painted wooden sardine drops from the window to ring in the American New Year.

    •Key West, Fla., has two big droppings to ring in the new year; Schooner Wharf will drop a pirate wench into the ocean at 12 sharp, and a drag queen named Sushi will drop from one end of the town in the other in a pair of high-heeled shoes.

    Atlanta drops a giant 800-pound peach at midnight


    Sadly, not every city will be able to celebrate the end of 2010 by dropping a giant something from the sky. Nashville, Ga., planned to drop a 1,000-pound cotton ball, but a spokeswoman says the event was canceled because none of the downtown buildings can handle something that heavy
     
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