2020 Rewind

Will Howley '23, Contributor

As we all know, 2020 was a year for the history books. Through the many events that transpired during this apocalyptic year, it is safe to say that we will be forever changed—for better or for worse. As a rewind of sorts, I have compiled an objective list of the 5 most influential events of the year that created the largest impact on the world as we know it.

Celebrities Cure COVID-19 with Imagine Video
Although it feels like a distant memory by now, you might remember that in March we were in quarantine for the COVID-19 virus. Luckily, celebrities caught word of the virus early on and were able to cure our sadness with a video of them singing “Imagine” by John Lennon. The flawless cover (that would undoubtedly bring Lennon to tears) touched the hearts of each and every one of us, and the raw empathy of 20 millionaires—who we discovered are humans after all—was able to unite the entire population and eradicate the virus.

Too Hot to Handle is an Undeniable Hit
As we all wasted away in quarantine, our only saving grace was the steady flow of quality Netflix shows and movies. Too Hot to Handle emerged as the most popular of said Netflix programs, beloved by audiences and critics alike. Labeled “The Greatest Television Event in the History of Cinematic Phenomena” by 98.7% of very real Americans, the show graced our screens with non-stop entertainment, putting some of the world’s most intelligent people in some of the toughest situations imaginable.

Elon Musk and Grimes Appropriately Name Child
Have you ever looked at an infant and thought “He looks like an X Æ A-12”? Well, Elon Musk and Grimes did, and they made a conscious decision to name their child a seemingly random assortment of characters and numbers. Let’s just hope for the best for X’s inevitably confused substitute teachers.

Ratatouille the Musical is a Certified Masterpiece
There are some animated movies that are too good not to be made into hit musicals. That is why, throughout 2020, many people on Tik Tok have been writing songs, dialogue, and creating graphics for Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. Needless to say, this is probably the greatest achievement modern theatre has ever seen.

Mr. Peanut dies in Tragic Accident
Mr. Peanut, the mascot for the popular nut brand Planters, died this year at the age of 104. During a Super Bowl Ad for the company, the iconic brand ambassador died heroically, sacrificing himself to save his friends Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. Fortunately, a new mascot, Baby Mr. Peanut, has been born and provides hope for the future of the company and this great nation.