January 19, 2014

11 Facts About Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)



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Punxsutawney Phil's mug shot

Punxsutawney Phil’s mug shot

UPDATE—FEBRUARY 2, 2014: Expect 6 more weeks of winter. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow,

Falling midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, February 2 is a significant day in several ancient and modern traditions.

The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was the brainchild of local newspaper editor Clymer Freas, who sold a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters—known collectively as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club—on the idea. The men trekked to a site called Gobbler’s Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow.^


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  1. The groundhog’s cleanliness protects them how?
  2. A groundhog’s life span is normally 6-8 years. Why has Punxsutawny Phil’s add 7 additional years to his life each year?
  3. The movie Groundhog Day, released in 1993, had what effect on the 1994 Groundhog Day ceremony on Gobbler’s Knob in Punx Pennsylvania?
  4. Why don’t groundhogs drink water?
  5. Punxsutawney Phil has hobnobbed with which famous persons?
  6. What is Punxsutawney Phil’s full name/title?
  7. By what other terms is a groundhog known?
  8. Why did the Germans start asking the groundhog about spring?
  9. What did groundhogs discover in Ohio?
  10. Groundhogs are simple creatures who build small burrows. True or false?


When groundhogs hibernate during the winter their body temperature drops from 99 degrees F. to what? Their heartbeat rate drops from 80 beats a minute to what? And their breathing drops from 12 breaths a minute to what?

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