Passy Pete, Maine’s Answer to Punxsutawney Phil, Predicts an Early Winter

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According to a ‘clairvoyant’ lobster named Passy Pete, it’s time to pack away your shorts and sundresses.

Each year since 2015, residents of Belfast, Maine, have plucked the lobster from the bay and gathered around to watch him choose between two scrolls. One predicts six more weeks of summer, while the other forecasts an early winter.

For the first three years of the tradition, Passy Pete foretold six more weeks of summer. Last year and this year, WABI reports, Mainers haven’t been so lucky.

“Friends of Belfast, on this second day of September—Labor Day in the year 2019,” Belfast baron Dave Crabiel read from the scroll Pete picked, “it’s in your best interest to collect your coats, tell your sister to return the ones you lent her, tell Cathy, the harbormaster, to remove the boats, and everyone get ready for winter.” At that, an audible wave of groaning arose from spectators.

“All four years up to this point he’s been accurate,” Crabiel told WABI. “So I don’t know—we’ll see. It’s not the result we wanted.”

Crabiel and fellow business owners came up with the idea for a forecasting crustacean as a way to sustain summer tourism levels past the season’s peak. “While Belfast is a great community year-round, we certainly do see an increase in business in the summer with the tourists,” he explained to WABI. “So we thought, what if there was an anti-groundhog, somebody who could predict a longer summer, rather than predicting winter?”

It’s in Pete’s contract that he must be returned to the bay regardless of his prediction, so he doesn’t need to fear retribution from disgruntled Belfast residents.

Will Passy Pete become as popular as Punxsutawney Phil one day? We certainly hope so.

[h/t WABI]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Get Into the Puzzle-Making Business With This Breaking Bad Jigsaw Puzzle

The Breaking Bad jigsaw puzzle.
The Breaking Bad jigsaw puzzle.
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Breaking Bad (2008-2013), which is widely considered one of the best dramatic television series of all time, charts the world of chemistry teacher Walter White, who turns to a life of a crime manufacturing methamphetamine and navigating New Mexico’s drug trade.

If you need to kill some time before tackling another rewatch of the show's five seasons, this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle ($14) from USAopoly should do the trick.

The Breaking Bad puzzle offers a stark portrait of drug kingpin Walter White.Amazon

When completed, the officially licensed puzzle depicts Walter White (Bryan Cranston) sitting in his trademark yellow hazmat suit, possibly contemplating the rivals he’ll soon have to murder. The finished puzzle measures 19 inches by 27 inches; the yellow suit ensures you’ll be keeping busy trying to find the right pieces.

You can grab the Breaking Bad puzzle for $14 on Amazon.

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