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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring - Happy Groundhog's Day!

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSION' started by Sookie, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

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    A screengrab of a video by the tourism website of the state of Pennsylvania shows the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil being watched for signs of his shadow.

    PCN/Screengrab by NPR

    A crowd gathered at Gobbler's Knob early this morning, awaiting the emergence of the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. After a tap of a cane on Phil's tree-trunk cage, his door was opened, and the animal emerged.

    He was held aloft to cheers and applause. Phil did not respond, other than to blink. Placed on top of the trunk, he attempted to flee before his actions were closely analyzed.

    Interpreting Phil's behavior, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, "There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!"

    He added, "Take your jackets off, you're not going to need them!"

    Few in the crowd followed that advice; the temperature this morning in Punxsutawney, Pa., was reported at 22 degrees.

    The findings were independently verified by a groundhog in Canada, where Shubenacadie Sam also saw no shadow.

    Of course, other groundhogs are available. There's always Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beau Lee in Georgia — both of whom concur with Phil. That's enough to make up what some would call a repetition of groundhogs (which is evidently the collective noun for the animals, although that seems a bit too cute).
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  2. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

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  3. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    I think I read that Bill Murray got bit a few times filming that movie! (Not that I blame the groundhog, I'm sure no one asked him if he wanted to make a movie) ;)
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  4. queenmap

    queenmap WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Let's only hope for an early spring. I am for one already for it. :)
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  5. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    Maybe just give you and early spring but let Texas have a late one?
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  6. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    As a resident of Arizona, I am hoping for a late one too like Sookie in Texas.

    In Arizona, we don't know what spring is. It just gets hot.
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  7. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

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  8. Wauspaus

    Wauspaus MEMBER

    Noooooo, still havent had a proper winter here :( I want snow so I can go play outside with my dog in it :(
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  9. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    Where do you live, Wauspaus?

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