The 10 best trivia facts about New Year's across the world have been identified by researchers and ranked by a national poll conducted on behalf of GameIt at gameit.us, a trivia game and shopping app. In their hunt for interesting New Year's trivia, GameIt's researchers trawled the web, pored over trivia books and mined the sum of accumulated human knowledge, before narrowing down the field to a shortlist of 10 pieces of New Year's trivia says Bryce Johnson, founder of GameIt.

Here are the best New Year's Trivia Facts:
  1. More cars are stolen in the U.S. on New Year's Day than on any other holiday 
  2. January 1 was first established as the New Year by Julius Caesar 
  3. The earliest recorded festivities to welcome the New Year took place in Babylon 4,000 years ago (and were celebrated in late March) 
  4. The Italians, Spanish, Mexicans and Bolivians all share a custom of celebrating the New Year by wearing red underwear for good luck 
  5. The first inhabited place to experience New Year each year is Kiritimati, more commonly known as Christmas Island 
  6. Banging bread on the walls to frighten away dead relatives was a traditional Irish custom for celebrating the New Year 
  7. The Dutch have a custom of welcoming the New Year by firing homemade cannons created by heating milk-jugs with tight lids 
  8. Throwing furniture out of the window to welcome the New Year is a custom in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa 
  9. On New Year's Day 1946, Emperor Hirohito of Japan officially announced that he was not a god 
  10. The Belgians and Swiss ranked last-and Brazilians first-in a recent global vote for best nationality to spend New Year's Eve with


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