What did the groundhog say?

  1. Moonbear

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    Did Puxatawney Phil see his shadow? How much longer do I have to wait until spring? (It's another gray day here, and I'm sick of it...hoping for good news from the groundhog.)

    For those of you not from the US and puzzled over this, today is Groundhog Day, when they drag this poor groundhog in Pennsylvania out of his cozy winter hibernation spot to tell us if he sees his shadow, which is supposed to predict whether we'll have an early or late spring. Somehow, Spring still always starts right about March 21, but this silly tradition helps keep those of us who hate winter sane for a few more weeks by reminding us that Spring is coming. :biggrin:
     
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  3. Stop torturing the poor groundhog already. Its cold and gray, get used to it.

    Actually we've got beautiful weather out here. A ncie 66 degrees, sunny skies, fresh air. Gorgeous. And here i am in my room posting to PF.
     
  4. I think our groundhog came out in a good mood. Very sunny and a balmy 11 degrees here at 11 AM. Beautiful day.
     
  5. which means he would see his shadow. Ahahaha, more winter for you.
     
  6. Evo

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    The tradition stems from the Christian holiday of Candlemas, and the belief that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow, winter will last another six weeks. If there's no shadow, spring will come early.

    He saw his shadow, six more weeks of winter. :grumpy:
     
  7. Ya, I suppose that's right.

    Except for the fact this is the Pacific Coast, and we don't really get much of a winter anyway.
     
  8. indeed we don't. Rainy season, dry season. That's about it. Its just warmer down here.
     
  9. Punxatawney Phil, the most famous of these groundhogs (the one featured in the movie Groundhog's Day), saw his shadow today. Mind nowadays Gobbler's Knob has stadium lighting for the many cameras and such so if he doesn't see his shadow nowadays it's probably due to a power outage. :tongue2:
     
  10. Moonbear

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    Hey, artificial lighting is CHEATING!!! Poor Phil. He just wants to sleep in, and here come the paparazzi with bright lights and cameras, dragging him out of bed and out into the cold day. I think he should bite the handlers. I don't think they'd film it as a cute special interest story if there was blood gushing into the camera shot. :biggrin:

    There's no way any groundhog in these parts could see any shadow today. There hasn't been any sun to create a shadow. I'm undecided, I want an early spring, but I'd much rather have bright sun now.

    Edit: Oh, wait, if they are GOOD photographers, they'll provide enough light from all sides that there won't be shadows. And, even if there is a shadow, maybe Phil didn't see it. He might have been looking the other way, or blinded by all those bright lights first thing in the morning. Yeah, that's it, that's the story I'm going with. :biggrin:
     
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  11. Evo

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    They're cheating anyway, he didn't come out of his hole, they reached in and pulled him out, thus interfering with nature and negating the whole thing. :grumpy:
     
  12. No, they'd just sell it to HBO, and then you'd have to apy to see it.

    He saw it, happy winter moonbear. :biggrin:
     
  13. Gokul43201

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    A less scientific approach, but the weather forecasters at CNN said something about mixing fronts going to bring in a late stretch of extreme wintry condtions to the midwest in late Feb and March. :cry:
     

  14. See? The groundhog knows his stuff.
     
  15. selfAdjoint

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    Here in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin it has been mixed sun and cloud, but warm for this time of year, in the 30's (Fahrenheit, that is). Did you know that Groundhog Day is also a Pagan holiday, called Imbolc? It celebrates milk, butter and cheese, so it should be made a state holiday here in Dairyland!
     
  16. Moonbear

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    Cool! Pagan holidays are always the most fun! I think I need to make a cheese omelet to celebrate, and wash it down with a big glass of milk! Oh, now I'm hungry, and need cheese, and milk, and probably eggs (I think I used up most of them last time I baked a big batch of cookies that was enjoyed by the post office's cookie sniffing dogs :rolleyes:).
     
  17. *looks up* Cookie? Where where where?
    Oh wait they were sent away. *droops* Just ignore me, I'll skulk off and have some butter with my cheese or something.
     
  18. Evo

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    Now I'm hungry. :frown:

    I figured there had to be an associated pagan holiday if there was a christian one.
     
  19. Moonbear

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    *thinking thinking thinking lightbulb!* Butter, cheese, milk (and eggs)...cheesecake! Ooh, I'm going to have to note this properly for future reference, celebrate Groundhog's Day with cheesecake! :biggrin: Don't worry Andromeda, I'll share. *shoves cheesecake into Andromeda's computer*
     
  20. Yeah, like the festival of dionysus. Dionysus, hehe. Bacchus to the romans. He's a nice god. well, only if you're partying with him, but yeah.
     
  21. :eek: :eek: :eek:
    Yay!!!! Moonbear you're awesome!
    *hopes cheesecake didn't mess up her hard drive but is too excited to care*
     
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