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Re: Happy Groundhog Day!
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2017, 10:47:23 am »
Groundhog Day 2007....Friday February 2

February 2 is here! It's time to get ready for the longtime annual Pennsylvania tradition -- GROUNDHOG DAY! Join in the celebration of the 121st edition as Phil prepares to emerge from hibernation and predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

Groundhog Day Fun Facts:

• If the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, it is regarded as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole (after a long winter's sleep).

• If the groundhog does NOT see his shadow, it is regarded as a sign of spring and will stay above ground.

• During Prohibition Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.

• In 1981 Phil wore a yellow ribbon in honor of the American hostages in Iran.

• Phil traveled to Washington DC in 1986 to meet with President Reagan. He was joined by Groundhog Club President Jim Means, Al Anthony and Bill Null.

• Other prognosticating groundhogs across the country include Staten Island Chuck (New York City), Wiarton Willie (Wiarton, Ontario) and General Beauregard Lee (Snellville, Georgia) | More Famous Groundhogs

• In 1993, Columbia Pictures released the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.

• Phil appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1995.

• In the years following the release of the movie, record crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney!

• In 2001, Phil's prediction was shown live on the JumboTron at Times Square in New York City.

• Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell attended the ceremonies, making him the first sitting governor ever to do so.

Groundhog Fun Facts:

• The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.

• Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish hairs (fur) tipped with brown or sometimes dull red. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs, and are surprisingly quick. Their jaws are exceptionally strong.

• A groundhog's diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.

• A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.

• Insects do not bother groundhogs and germs pretty much leave them alone. They are resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of wild animals. One reason for this is their cleanliness.

• Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. Hibernation is not just a deep sleep. It is actually a deep coma, where the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops.

• Young Groundhogs are usually born in mid-April or May, and by July they are able to go out on their own. The size of the litter is 4 to 9. A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub.

• A groundhog's life span is normally 6 to 8 years. Phil receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life.

Happy Groundhog Day and thanks to dot-matrix for posting this!!
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Re: Happy Groundhog Day!
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2017, 10:56:51 am »
I haven't heard the report, but it's sunny around here, so I suspect the groundhog saw his shadow.
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Re: Happy Groundhog Day!
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2017, 12:27:57 pm »
Mixed results across the US, with several seeing their shadow, and others not seeing it.

Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
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