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New Year's customs: Jo'burg furniture throwing voted one of the strangest

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Throwing furniture out the windows of high-rise buildings in Hillbrow came fourth in a poll on strange New Year's customs from around the world.

Hillbrow, the home of New Year's furniture throwing.

The New Year's custom in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, of throwing furniture out of windows of tall buildings has been voted one of the strangest customs worldwide to bid farewell to the old year and ring in the new.

The local custom came fourth in a poll conducted by social networking site Badoo.com, which asked 7 200 users in 18 countries to vote for the strangest and most fun New Year's customs.

The Chilean city of Talca's custom of spending New Year's Eve at a cemetery to be with dead relatives won the poll for the strangest custom.

A Romanian custom of trying to hear animals talking – where failing to do so brings good luck – came second, followed by the Irish practice of banging bread on the wall to scare away evil spirits.

Following Johannesburg's fourth place was a Siberian custom of diving into a frozen lake carrying a tree, and a custom in North Carolina in the United States where you lower a possum over a noisy crowd.

The Johannesburg custom also took fourth place as the most fun New Year's custom.

The mass kiss-in in Venice, Italy, Mexico's practice of wearing red underwear for good luck and a three-day water fight in Thailand took the top three places in the fun category. – Sapa

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