The ball has been commonly referred to as a truck but the correct terminology would be finial. The truck is the housing for the pulley system. Attaching the ball to the truck also prevents water from going into hollow flagpoles, as most trucks come standard with threaded holes to accommodate the ball. Urban legends suggest that there are symbolic items placed in the ball to ensure that invading enemies would not capture our nations flag. The items themselves vary, as do the stories.
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At p. Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. The first New Year's Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed pounds. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the Ball. As part of the festivities, waiters in the fabled "lobster palaces" and other deluxe eateries in hotels surrounding Times Square were supplied with battery-powered top hats emblazoned with the numbers "" fashioned of tiny light bulbs.
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