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]

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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Be honest: You’ve watched a YouTube video or two in an attempt to learn how to play a song on the guitar. Whether it was through tabs or simply copying whatever you saw on the screen, the fun always ends when friends start throwing out requests for songs you have no idea how to play. So how about you actually learn how to play guitar for real this time?

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

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Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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