Punxsutawney Phil Reveals His Groundhog Day Verdict | 22 Words

Punxsutawney Phil is back at it again with his Groundhog Day predictions...

And this year's prediction is perfectly in line with the tone of the year so far...

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Keep scrolling to find out what his official verdict was.

Now, January was a whirlwind of a month.

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So much has happened, and we're not even a quarter of the way into 2021.

We all woke up on January 1st with some admittedly sore heads...

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But also with high hopes that the month would signal the definitive end of the abysmal events of 2020.

Of course, that was never going to be the case...

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As the clock struck midnight, the world continued spinning on its axis so, therefore, the world carried on as normal - despite the change of calendar.

However, that didn't deter our hopes.

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A new year always signals a new start so, of course, there is plenty to be hopeful about for the upcoming year.

For example...

1. A fresh start for the United States.

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A few weeks ago, we watched on as President Joe Biden was sworn into office - this was a huge moment for many Americans, and signaled a new era for our country.

2. Waves within the climate change movement.

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The EU has put a seal on plans to reduce carbon emissions and pour billions into clean energy alternatives. China, the world's biggest polluter, has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2060. Japan, South Korea, and Canada have all made similar promises for fossil fuel reduction.

Oh, and just yesterday, President Biden signed an order to reenter the U.S into the Paris Agreement. Yay!

3. The birth of 6G.

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Japan and Korea are already hard at work on 6G capabilities - this next generation will help improve things like teleworking and distance learning, as well as more futuristic pursuits like holograms as well as virtual and augmented reality.

Okay, this won't be good news for all the 5G conspiracy theorists out there...

4. The rise of drone delivery.

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As the pandemic wages on, Walmart, Amazon, UPS, and other companies are stepping up their drone game, so don't be surprised if packages start literally falling from the sky at your doorstep very soon.

Amazon's drone delivery service, Prime Air, also got the go-ahead from the FAA earlier in 2020.

5. Millions of COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out this year.

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This one should be music to all of our ears.

2020 was a tough year for all of us but, with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being churned out across the globe, we can remain hopeful that, in 2021, life will start to regain some normality.

Experts say we may not see some semblance of "normal" until the back half of the year, but, oh, it will be worth the wait.

6. Face masks may no longer be necessary.

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Given the high rate of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there's likely to be a lot of the virus in circulation over the coming months. But, once we reach herd immunity, when between fifty percent and seventy percent of the population is vaccinated, experts say that masks will no longer be recommended.

7. Travel could very well be back on the cards.

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With the initial success of the vaccine, many are optimistic that vacations could be making a much-needed comeback at some point this year.

Please.

8. Disney World will be turning fifty this year.

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Speaking of milestones, October 1st 2021 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Walt Disney World. The park will also be unveiling lots of new things to do, including a Ratatouille attraction, a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a Tron ride.

See, this year won't be all doom and gloom.

8. The 2021 "Blood Moon."

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The next total lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 26th, 2021, over the skies of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the western U.S.

If the weather allows, the moon will turn a deep orange and stay that way for about fifteen minutes - it will be a beautiful sight, and it can't come soon enough!

9. The summer Olympics in Tokyo will finally take place.

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The Summer Olympics in Tokyo is now scheduled to run from July 23rd to August 8th, a year after it was initially supposed to take place.

Better late than never, right?

10. Mars landing.

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On February 18th, a small spacecraft will streak across the skies of Mars, where it will deploy a parachute, slow to two-hundred miles per hour, and then disgorge a smaller, box-like device, which will continue the journey downward on 8 retro-rockets.

Remarkably, you will be able to watch it all live on NASA's YouTube channel.

11. Plastic is on it's way out.

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This year, the European Union's ban on single-use plastic items is set to go into effect.

The idea is to halt the use of a lot of the throw-away goods that have a way of ultimately winding up in the world's oceans, among them: disposable plastic cutlery, plates, straws, polystyrene cups, food containers, and cotton swabs made with plastic. ‚Äč

12. Broadway is coming back.

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At some point in the second half of 2021, the show will (hopefully) go on.

Rumor has it that Hamilton may kick off the return on July 4th. Also on the bill: the world premiere of MJ the Musical and revivals of The Music Man and Caroline, or Change.

13. A big year for the movies.

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Among the biggest releases: Dune, an adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Steven Spielberg's West Side Story; and The Matrix 4, the first new release in the franchise in seventeen years.

Plus, for action fans, in April, there's the 9th installment of Fast and Furious and No Time to Die, the twenty-fifth Bond film, with Daniel Craig starring, presumably for the last time as 007 (not so good news, I know).

14. A Friends reunion will finally be happening.

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Could we be any more excited?

The Friends reunion special, originally scheduled to air last May, will finally tape this March, according to a November tweet by actor, Matthew Perry.

15. A whole host of spectacular music is set to be released this year, too.

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A number of tours are due to resume next year, including Shawn Colvin, Chris Stapleton, Queen, featuring Adam Lambert on vocals, and Justin Bieber.

16. Recreational marijuana is set to be legalized in more states across the U.S.

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Montana, New Jersey, Arizona, and South Dakota will thereby join their brothers and sisters in Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington in the move to legalize the drug.

17. A milestone birthday for Queen Elizabeth.

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The Queen of England is set to turn ninety-five in April, which is always a cause for celebration - and a traditional English street party, of course.

We've recently had a new revelation to add to the list.

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And yes, it involves the legend that is Punxsutawney Phil.

The groundhog was once again thrust into the spotlight after he made a prediction about the upcoming weeks.

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As the snow continued to fall to the ground in Pennsylvania, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made their way to the all-famous stump.

Even though there weren't any spectators like there usually would be, there were cardboard cut-outs to fill the void.

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"You look beautiful today," Jeff Lundy, the club president whispered to the animal, while putting him on the stump.

It was quite the moment...

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He then places 2 scrolls down and the rodent had to choose one.

It "saw" the shadow scroll first...

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Which means Old Man Winter will be sticking around for 6 more weeks.

Tom Dunkel, club vice president, read the words written on the piece of paper out:

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"We have passed the darkness of night but now see hope and morning's bright light. But now when I turn to see there's a perfect shadow cast of me. 6 more weeks of winter there will be!"

Lundy also added this:

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"I want to tell you [Phil] has also told us after winter, you're looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you've ever seen."

‚ÄčLast year, the groundhog picked the other scroll, bringing winter to a premature end.

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The tradition has been a hit ever since it was started back in 1887.

So there we have it guys, Phil has spoken. Get yourselves some gloves and a hat, winter's here to stay.

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