Wednesday, February 2, 2011


HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY to Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the official predictor of the last six weeks of winter. And to his understudy, Buckeye Chuck from Ohio.

2011 will be Punxsutawney Phils 125 prognositcation!

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

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