Twelve of the fifteen strangest items dropped to mark the start of the New Year in different towns and cities around America are edible. The other three are a wrench, a drag queen in a shoe, and Snooki.
I actually appreciate the idea of highlighting a local specialty at civic celebrations—it's an expression of shared pride and an acknowledgment of the importance of food production to the entire community.
Whether a 100-pound yellow illuminated fiberglass Peep candy should be so honored is another question altogether...
For the curious, all fifteen can be seen over at Buzzfeed. They consist of a dill pickle in a top hat in Dillsburg, PA; a pinecone in Flagstaff, AZ; a drag queen in a shoe in Key West, FL; a sausage in Elmore, OH; a fish in Port Clinton, OH; cheese in Plymouth, WI; a stick of bologna in Lebanon, PA; possums in Brasstown, NC, and Tallapoosa, GA; Snooki in a ball in Seaside Heights, NJ; a giant acorn in Raleigh, NC; a wrench in Mechanicsburg, PA; and, as pictured, a Peep in Bethlehem, PA; a peach in Atlanta, GA; and a bag of chips in Lewistown, PA.
Does your town drop anything edible to mark the New Year?
From top to bottom, a bag of Hartley's chips from Lewistown, PA, a giant peach in Atlanta, GA, and a yellow Peep in Bethlehem, PA, where 4.2 million of the indestructible marshmallow candies are made each day—all photos via Buzzfeed.