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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 31

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 10:51:28-05

1. Have plans to go out on New Year's Eve? How about heading to downtown Grand Rapids for the Ball Drop.

From food trucks and music, to activities and fireworks, there's be something for everyone to enjoy. Live music will be performed by Pop Evil and Puddle of Mudd.

The fun starts at 5 and goes all the way until 12:30 in the morning.

There are still tickets available at

2. It's not always the little ones who struggle making it to midnight. So for parents who want to have a New Year's Early Eve, head to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.

The museum is closed on New Year's Eve until the event starts at 6. The party will run until 8, with the ball drop at 7:30.

Kids will get to celebrate with noisemakers, party hats, glow bracelets, and more. Plus there will also be food from Buddy's Pizza and Spoonlickers.

Tickets cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Don't forget, the museum will be closed on New Year's Day.

3. According to Google, the number one searched term in 2019 was "Disney Plus".

Even though the streaming service launched toward the end of the year in November, it's rise in popularity made it the number one search term on the Internet. It includes content from Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic.

The next two on Google's most trending searches in the U.S. for 2019 are Cameron Boyce, the Disney Channel star who died in his sleep in July at age 20, and rapper Nipsy Hussle, who was shot and killed in March.

4. Losing is never easy, and one guy from Greenville knows that after a bet. He faced a serious walk of shame after his friends "punished" him for losing their fantasy football league.

After drafting Lions kicker Matt Prater in the second round of the league, Hunter Tobey ended up losing to his 12 other friends.

As a penalty, he had to hold up a sign, and wear a princess costume out along side of the road. There were plenty of photos taken and posted on community Facebook pages about it.

One of his friends from high school ended up winning the league. As for Hunter himself, pretty safe to say he'll be rethinking his strategy next go-around.

5. Red Lobster is ringing in the New Year with a new drink: The Lobster Claw Bloody Mary.

It takes the classic spicy cocktail to the next level, topping it off with a shrimp tail, a giant lobster claw and one of the restaurant's iconic cheddar biscuits.

The so-called "Drink-a-Tizer" debuts on New Year's Day, just in time for both National Bloody Mary Day and National Hangover Day.

Lobster fans have until February 2 to try out the limited edition drink.