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January 19, 2014

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

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11 FACTS ABOUT GROUNDHOG’S DAY (Feb. 2)

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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NOTE: To entertain children click on Groundhog Day—Children’s Stories & Poems .

Read the 2015 article: Groundhog Day Recipes & Pictures

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QUESTIONS

  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?

BONUS QUESTION

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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January 29, 2010

Groundhogs and Punxsutawney Phil

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GROUNDHOGS AND PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL

     Don’t be surprised when the neighborhood groundhogs (doesn’t every neighborhood have one, two, three or four?)—thought long gone in the late fall, their burrows far too close to the house, backfilled—suddenly awake, emerge and begin foraging for fuel.

     Yes, all the signs are here—it will be an early spring.#

     However, the official word on whether it will be an early spring will not be made by the observations of Colin McNickle, journalist, but by Punxsutawney Phil. On Groundhog Day.

(To view illustration click on:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/ )

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Read the 2015 article: Groundhog Day Recipes & Pictures

NOTICE: As of January 15, 2015, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS has moved to Carolyn’s Online Magazine. I invite you to visit the new site and to subscribe in the FOLLOW box in the upper right hand corner.

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

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     The sixth century. That’s how far back the roots of the Groundhog Day celebration extend.

     Groundhog Day is associated with Christianity’s Candlemas Day, the day that candles used throughout the year are blessed. It is the mid-point of winter, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

     Groundhog Day as a modern event was inspired by an old Scottish couplet:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear

There’ll be two winters in the year.**

      Later, the Germans started trying to predict how much more winter they could expect based on the hibernation patterns of bears in February. In the 1700s, when the Germans settled in the United States, they switched from bears to groundhogs, for some unknown reason* After all, groundhogs have no interest in how long winter lasts, nor are they any interest in their shadows. Basically, they come out of hibernation for food (by February, hibernating groundhogs have lost up to half their body weight) and sex.  **

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February 2, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S 2009 WINTER FORECAST

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PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S 2009 WINTER FORECAST

 

     February 2, 2009, was a bittersweet morning for a crowd estimated at 13,000, waiting in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see Punxsutawney Phil predict the weather for the final six weeks of winter. The sweet was the Pittsburgh Steelers football team win 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals the previous evening.

     The bitter was that, following a especially blustery first half of winter, Punxsutawney Phil (more…)

February 1, 2009

FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

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FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

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Valentine’s Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

     February—the entire month—celebrates a topic near and dear to me: the HEART. I can appreciate American Heart Month, being the recipient of life-saving heart surgery technology myself, and having two sisters and numerous friends whose lives continue to enrich my life due to the same technology.
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