The New Year's Incident was an incident in the online book and the first book where Greg and Manny were horsing around in the basement with a tiny black ball of thread. Manny slaps Greg's hand making him drop the thread and accidentally swallowing it. Manny ran upstairs to Susan and told her Greg made him eat the spider. Greg then explained to Susan that it wasn't a spider, just a ball of thread. Susan brought Manny to the table and got three small items asking Manny to point to the closest to the thread he swallowed. But instead, he went to the fridge and got an orange. Susan sent Greg to bed at 7:00 and he's not watching the special on TV.