43 billion (43,000,000,000)
For some, the morning after New Year’s Eve comes all too early and the after-effects of a (long) night of imbibing has us wishing we could have just a few more minutes of sleep. For others, New Year’s Day is filled with wishful thinking and hope that we can conjure the courage and commitment to lose the weight, get the new job, find a new romantic interest, etc. in the 365 days to come. Still others celebrate the coming of the new year in solemn religious observation.
How ever you choose to observe the coming of the new year – be it mild or wild – the holiday has some pretty interesting origins which date back to the time of Julius Caesar and before. In addition, for my U.S. based readers, the infographic below holds some mind-boggling statistics about the observation of New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square. For example, in 2008 over 43 billion text messages were sent world-wide during the celebrations. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to speculate that that number will be larger for the 2011 celebration once the numbers are tallied. In addition, I’m sure Facebook and Twitter will both release some huge traffic numbers for status updates and tweets, respectively.