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Groundhog Day

Jan 30, 2014
Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd, and is the day when we find out whether or not spring has sprung.
Groundhog Day

February 2 is Groundhog Day. Although nobody gets a day off school, this holiday is still worth mentioning. Critters, like the groundhog or woodchuck, normally don't have holidays named after them, so how was the groundhog chosen?

A Brief History

The roots of Groundhog Day go back to the 6th century. It began with the German myth that, by simply showing up, hibernating animals were able to predict when springtime came.

Groundhog Day is a big deal - look at the people!Groundhog Day is a big deal - look at the people!
 

It is also believed that if the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow, we are in store for 40 more days of winter. To see a shadow, the sun must be out and the groundhog has to look in the correct direction. This weather folklore began in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil (the offical US groundhog) is only accurate about 26% of the time.

If this guy sees his shadow, it's one more month of winter for usIf this guy sees his shadow, it's one more month of winter for us
 

What's In a Name?

Woodchuck and groundhog are common names for the same animal, the rodent with the scientific name of Marmota monax. Most closely related to squirrels, woodchucks can actually climb trees and swim.

Groundhogs are also known as woodchucksGroundhogs are also known as woodchucks
 

Fast Facts About Woodchucks

Unlike beavers, these guys can't move timber, although some will chew on it. A wildlife biologist once measured the inside volume of a typical woodchuck burrow and estimated that - if wood filled the hole, instead of dirt - the industrious animal would have chucked about 700 pounds worth!

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What's your prediction for groundhog day? Will he see his shadow or not?

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illusionimagine
6 more weeks of winter! ugh
commented: Sun Feb 02, 2014

micheal576

micheal576 wrote:

(SPOILER ALERT) corny joke of them all. put groundhog and woodchuck together. what do ...
commented: Fri Jan 31, 2014

MANCHESTER UTD
peace out
commented: Thu Feb 07, 2013

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