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Groundhog Day – February 2nd

Yep, I’m talking about the celebration, not the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray (well, maybe later).

The legend is simple – if Punxsutawney Phil or one of the many other groundhogs around the country sees it’s shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, spring is near. Why? Feb. 2nd – it’s in the middle of the First Day of Winter and the First Day of Summer. Phil has not seen his shadow only 18 times.

Accuracy – Meteorologists are right about 70% of the time while Phil is always right. There are scientific studies and statistics that make other claims to his accuracy, but I believe he’s 100% accurate while meteorologists might be wrong more often than not.

What is a groundhog? They belong to a group of large ground squirrels known as marmots and are also known as woodchucks (How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? – yeah, those woodchucks.)

A Bit of History. Groundhog Day began in Europe, known as Candlemas Day, where Germans used a hedgehog to predict the weather…

For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until the May.

The first Groundhog Day in America was in 1887 in Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The first and only groundhog is named Phil.

Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Weather Predictor Extraordinaire – Because he drinks a special “Groundhog Punch” once a year, Phil is at least 131 years old. In the wild, groundhogs hibernate from October to March with a lifespan of 7 years. They’re normally 12 to 15 pounds but Phil is a bit on the furry side at 20 pounds. Phil lives in the town library with his wife Phyllis and is cared for by his 15-member Inner Circle.

Groundhog Day the Movie. Rated as #48 in the 100 Best Comedies of All Time! Phil Conners is shown in the movie repeating Groundhog Day only 38 times, Harold Ramis, director and cowriter, said it lasted 10 years. Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and John Travolta were all consider to be Phil Conners but were all thought to be too nice by Harold Ramis. Bill Murray was bitten twice by the groundhog, once while the animal was driving a truck and Phil was repeating the line “Don’t drive angry” to it. And, in addition to a theatre in the UK where they don’t even celebrate the day, you can find Groundhog Day Marathons playing in theaters and on TV on Groundhog Day.

At Supplies Outlet, we love Groundhog Day! To help our customers from driving to the store again and again, we give free shipping on every order for Groundhog Day Weekend!


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