Happy Groundhog Day!!! – Redux (again)

This is a repeat of my 2017 Groundhog Day post.  I considered writing a new one, but after I read this one, and it even made me laugh, I figured I couldn’t come up with anything better, so why re-invent the wheel, eh?  If you remember this from last year, or the year before, or the year before … pretend you don’t and read it again, laugh again, okay?  We need to find humour these days …


“Ground Hog Day is tomorrow. We’re the only country that accepts weather predictions from a rodent, and denies climate change facts by scientists.” – Alt-NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

ghd-3Good morning!  Today is a very special day, so I am setting aside my usual fare for this morning’s post to pay due respect and homage to none other than Pennsylvania’s own … {drumroll} … {applause} … Punxsutawney Phil!!!!  A brief summary of the legend and the history for my friends across the pond who may not know about Phil:

On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

ghd-5Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America’s most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada.

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According to the Weather Channel, the forecast in Punxsutawney is a high chance of cloudy skies, and even a chance of a flurry or two. According to the legend, this means an early spring is ahead. For the record, Punxsutawney Phil has only been accurate 39% of the time since 1887.

I used to say that Groundhog Day was my favourite holiday, mostly because it did not require a lot of effort on my part … no huge meal to cook, no presents to buy and wrap, no tree to decorate or lights to string.

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I happened across a humorous piece I thought you might enjoy.  Scott Feschuk, a Canadian speechwriter, humourist and former newspaper journalist, wrote this satire piece after hearing Trump’s rather ridiculous speech on black history.  It is his take on what a speech by Trump to commemorate Groundhog Day might be like:

“Well, this is Groundhog Day, so these are just a few little notes I want to share with you. On this day, we honour the tremendous history of groundhogs throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? Because that’s where groundhogs are and where they live. Here but also there. Everywhere, really, except not exactly everywhere but almost.

Mostly in the ground though, on or it, or in the vicinity – which is why we call them that. Groundhogs. Right there in the name.

They’re incredible animals and their incredible example is unique in many ways. So many unique ways that honestly there’s no point in me examining any of them in any detail. We all know. We all know bigly.

You’ve all heard about groundhogs. They are well known and people know about them. We have some good ones. We have the one from that place in Pennsylvania and we have other ones and we have the one from that golf movie with one of the Ghostbusters. There are others. Many others that we all know, and I also know them.

The groundhog from the movie Groundhog Day is an example of a groundhog who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Big impact. But all groundhogs – big impact on the seasons and the changing of the seasons. There are several seasons and we all know what they are.

I do very well with groundhogs, by the way, not that you’d know from CNN which is fake news and disgraceful. But I do substantially better than others have done. They hear me talk about underground life—it’s horrible, life is short, you can get killed by a wolf on the way to pick up an acorn. They hear me and they love me.

The groundhog is cherished. I am very proud of the fact that people in America can learn about groundhogs, and many other things. And they can learn about their many, many accomplishments, which we celebrate on this day, which is why it is called Groundhogs Day and is so special.

I’m proud to honour our groundhog heritage and will be honouring it more and more. Like I said before, a groundhog is an animal—much like a fox is also an animal. And Fox News has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.

Omarosa saw a groundhog once.” 

So there you have it.  Everything you always wanted to know about Groundhog Day and more!  For the record, though I am not a cute, furry little animal that lives in holes in the ground, my prediction is that the sun has taken a permanent vacation.  Here, we have had exactly one sunny day since January 20th.  One.  Just ONE!  I think the sun came out, saw something evil, and went back behind the clouds for protection.

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32 thoughts on “Happy Groundhog Day!!! – Redux (again)

  1. While I was reading the Feschuk piece, and laughing, I was wondering why does this sound familiar? And then I remembered…and realized how long it has been since we’ve heard this kind of rambling diatribe. It was an amazing feeling!

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    • Yes, it is an amazing feeling! Now, we have a president who actually speaks in complete sentences! And his words make sense! WOW! Glad you had a chuckle, my friend! I’m also glad you’re not taking this as a personal affront to Canadians, as my other Canadian reader did! Sigh. Can’t win somedays!

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent point of view … “Everything you always wanted to know about Groundhog Day and more! For the record, though I am not a cute, furry little animal that lives in holes in the ground, my prediction is that the sun has taken a permanent vacation.”

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  3. I almost didn’t get very far with this one after laughing a lot at that place name: Gobbler’s Knob. Who dreamed that one up, and why? It sounds like an STD!

    The US seems to have a tendency to have a day for almost anything. Do you have a We Haven’t Given Today A Name Day to redress the balance? This one sounds like one of the more stupid ones, but as it has only been going since 1887 I guess it needs more time for that realisation to dawn…

    The Trump parody was good, although it did use more long words than Numpty would have done – most of his words are one syllable or fewer. Not bigly 😉

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    • Well, at the very least, you found some humour! As for Gobbler’s Knob … here’s everything you never thought you wanted to know! https://olioiniowa.com/2014/09/17/a-visit-to-gobblers-knob/

      Yes, we do have a tendency to make up ridiculous ‘national days’! The ones I like best are the ones commemorating people who deserve to be remembered, such as Martin Luther King. The ridiculous ones, like ‘National Drinking Straw Day’, or ‘National Bubble Bath Day’, I either ignore or use them for humour in my Jolly Monday posts. Many people have nothing better to do that sit around and think up useless stuff.

      You’re right … Trump never even spoke in complete sentences or used proper grammar … but it’s hard for the rest of us to dummy-down to his level!

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      • Thank you for the link. I still think my original thought is better than either of the official versions though!

        I don’t have a problem with the days that actually matter but, as you say, some of the others are downright stupid! Maybe there should be a ‘National Incompetence Day’ in honour of 45?

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  4. I’ve read it before, and probably even laughed at it, but today I read the ALT-NOAA. quote, I got right pissed off yet again by American exclusivity and superiority. The USA is not the only nation using a rodent as a weather forecaster. I do not know what other countries do, but Canada certainly has our famous groundhogs, whom I will not even bother to name. Maybe, Jill, you mention this, maybe you don’t, but even in jest, and even if it is self-deprecating, Canada gets no respect from their big-bully-neighbour to the south (and apparently neither does Germany. Read below).
    Redux it all you want, Jill, but as long as that quote appears at the top, I will not read this post ever again.

    ?Upon further investigation, the practice now known as Groundhog Day actually started as a religious tradition known as part of candlemas when German people started tying the coming of Spring to the appearance of woodchucks coming up from their burrows. The Pennsylvania Deutsch (meaning German, but pronounced Dutch in America) brought the tradition to North America. In the US, the tradition continued with the groundhog, but Canada relied on a different animal to announce the coming of Spring. We used the bear.
    I quote:

    Using hibernating animals to predict weather was a European tradition that came to North America in the 1800s, but while Canadians preferred to use bears, Americans preferred the groundhog.

    MacEachern [an old newspaper researcher] found that when late 1800s Canadian
    newspapers started to draw attention to the folklore of Feb. 2 it was all about the bears, until Americans dubbed it ‘Groundhog Day.’

    “The Canadian bear slowly succumbed to the American groundhog by the early 1900s,” he said.

    MacEachern says it’s a quirky fact that has a bigger significance.

    “The one great advantage the Groundhog Day tradition has had is that it is associated with a single day, allowing it to become entrenched in a way other folk wisdom hasn’t…In a way, Groundhog Day commemorates, and stands in for,
    not invent it, notwithstanding the ALT-NOAA claim as such!

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    • Damn Word Press, or damn me, I don’t care which. The end of the quote, and the beginning of my summation statement got wiped out somehow. I will try to repair it:

      In a way, Groundhog Day commemorates, and stands in for, all the natural lore we’ve forgotten.”

      Americans did not invent it, and do not own it, notwithstanding the ALT-NOAA claim as such!

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    • rg … please lighten up. Even my humour posts draw criticism from you these days, and because I consider you a good friend, it hurts. Not every single thing I post has to be a point of contention. LuL

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      • And insulting Canadians and others is not supposed to hurt us, because it is American humour?
        What I am trying to point out to you and anyone else I find doing this is the underlying principle, Americans need to realise they are perpetuating the myth of superiority you are taught as children. We Canadians are used to being bullied by our southern neighbours, and we have suffered in silence far too long. I am breaking that code of silence and demanding we be treated as equals, while giving interesting history lessons at the same time.
        If you stop giving me reasons to criticize, I will stop criticizing. Isn’t that how friendship works? I am not telling any lies, and if the truth has to hurt, that goes with the territory. BLM? CLM too.

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        • I did not insult Canadians, rg. In fact, that first quote that seems to offend you so much is a put-down of Americans, not Canadians. If somebody in the U.S. has insulted Canadians, I am sorry, but ’twas not I. I have the greatest respect for the people of your country, and I have not forgotten how you guys came to our aid on September 11th, 2001. This post is not about bullying, not about hurting, it is simply humorous. Note Emily’s (eschudel) response … she is a Canadian also, but she did not take umbrage at this post. Please, rg, give it a rest.

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          • No, Emily did not, which is her choice. But deprecating oneself is just hiding the deprecation of others, and not just Canadians. Many Europeans, especially Germans, once used rodents to predict the weather. I know you didn’t write the quote, you just used it. But I read it as an insult, and I cannot undo that. A claim that only Americans are that ridiculous is false, as is the intimation that Americans invented Groundhog Day, when all they did was choose one day to celebrate. The use of February 2nd itself goes all the way back to Celtic or ancient Germanic times as the traditional midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
            This is what I am really protesting, Jill, that Americans appropriate ideas and traditions from others, and claim they were the inventors/originators.
            As I said in my email of this morning, this is not personal against you, it is macroscopic to Americans in general.

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  5. Jill, I read where Punxsutawney Phil was too scared to come out as he heard about these Jewish Space lasers from Trump party Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. Phil called the former president to verify and Trump said it would not be his fault if Phil was blasted by a laser. Keith

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