Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Arrrgggghhh...Six More Weeks of Winter

Yes, today is Groundhog's Day, that magical day where Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his stump* to let the good folks of the world know how the rest of the winter will play out. If he sees his shadow, there are six more weeks of winter, and if he doesn't spring comes early. Guess what happened this year...

How did this crazy tradition start? The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has the answer, as well as info on everything else you've been dying to know about the day.

* Fun facts you didn't know about Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day: Phil the groundhog doesn't spend the whole year in the stump. He actually spends most of his time on display with his buddies in the Groundhog Zoo, a.k.a. a small window/exhibit in the public library facing the town square.

Most of you are probably familiar with this strange tradition via the Bill Murray flick, but you probably don't know that the film was not in fact filmed at the event site. I guess the folks who chose the filming locations thought Woodstock, IL was a little more picturesque than Punxsutawney, PA. They're probably right.

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