Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Trivia Tuesday - Groundhog Day

If you happened to watch the news today, then you are probably aware that it is, indeed, Groundhog's Day, the day us Canadians put all our hopes in the shadow of a little groundhog to end our bitter winter. Well, turns out he did see his shadow, and now we're looking at 6 more weeks of Winter. Of course, The Weather Network could have probably told us the same thing, but then they wouldn't have a groundhog to blame it on if they were wrong!
An interesting article in China Daily suggests that we do away with the use of an actual groundhog and replace it instead with a robot... What is it with replacing everything with robots?!?! I say let this cute little guy have his moment in the spotlight.
Here are five facts you probably didn't know about Groundhog Day:
  1. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, has not seen it 15 times, and nine years are unaccounted for.
  2. The National Climatic Data Center reportedly stated that Phil's prediction's have been correct 39 percent of the time. This number is in conflict with Phil's club, which states he's been right 100 percent of the time.
  3. According to the funny website groundhog.org, there's a legend that during Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.
  4. In the years following the release of Groundhog Day, a 1993 film starring Bill Murray, crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney where the ceremony takes place.
  5. Though groundhogs typically live only six to eight years, Groundhog Day lore suggests that Phil drinks a magic elixir every summer, which gives him seven more years of life.

If you're wanting to learn more about Groundhog Day, you're in luck! There is a specific website that offers answers to all your burning questions (what CAN'T you find on the internet these days...). Just go to http://www.groundhog.org/ where you can send postcards, see the latest updates of Phil, and yes, even get text messages sent directly to you with Phil's latest prediction.

Why have you not already clicked on the link?!?!


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