Happy Groundhog’s Day!

By the time you read this, Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction about the winter.  I know if you live in the Northeast this is probably a very important prediction.  Of course, I am writing this the night before and unlike Phil, I can’t see the future—so forgive me for not being able to comment on this forecast.  However, seeing as it is a big deal (they made a movie about it after all!) I figure I will jump on the bandwagon with a fitting post (confession: at this point I considered simply copying yesterday’s post, but recognized that was more lazy than funny) and share some relevant trivia!

For more information on Punxsutawney Phil check out Groundhog.org

Things To Know About Groundhog’s Day and Punxsutawney Phil:

Phil is married. Sorry ladies, Punxsutawney Phil is taken.  When he isn’t predicting the weather from Gobbler’s Knob, he is living in a specially made home inside the town library with his wife Phyllis.

The guys in the top hats are members of the Inner Circle. These men in top hats and tuxes are a select group of local leaders charged with caring for Phil.  The current president speaks “Groundhogese” and is charged with translating Phil’s predicition for the public.

There has only been one Phil. According to the Inner Circle there has only ever been one Phil.  While most groundhogs have a life span of about 6 years in the wild and 10 in captivity, the same Phil has been predicting weather since 1887.  The Inner Circle attributes his impossibly long life to the single sip of  “elixir of life” that he takes each summer at the Groundhog’s picnic.

Groundhogs are squirrels. Also known as the woodchuck, a groundhog is actually a squirrel.  It is actually the largest species of squirrel in North America.  Also, groundhogs hibernate without waking throughout the whole winter.  Their heartbeat slows to 4 beats/min and their body temperature drops to the 40*F/4.5*C.

Groundhogs bite. For the film “Groundhog Day” a family of groundhogs were raised.  During shooting different ones were used for different shots.  Bill Murray ended up on the teeth end of two of them.

Happy Groundhog’s Day! Happy Groundhog’s Day!

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