This has been a difficult year in many corners of the business world, and next year already has posed a challenge for a specialized market: New Year's Eve novelty glasses.
The impending year will be the first since the fashion statement's invention in 1991 that doesn't have two loopy numbers that lend themselves to eye holes, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Designers have struggled with how to work an eye hole into one of the 1s, or between them, or between the zero and the first 1, and the results have not always been stellar, according to the Journal.
The novelty eyeglass crisis could at least temporarily resolve itself for New Year's Eve 2013 and certainly for 2014. As for the economy as a whole, who knows?