YAAAAY!!!! 6 More Weeks Of Winter!!!

@sconibear (8010)
United States
February 2, 2009 8:28am CST
HAPPY GROUNDHOG'S DAY EVERYONE!!! so that little FAT F@%!ER Punxsutawney Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. but what does it all mean....where did this tradition come from Oh Wise Bear???i'm glad you asked: [i]In 1723, the Delaware Indians settled Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania as a campsite halfway between the Allegheny and the Susquehanna Rivers. The Delawares considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. The name Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for the location "ponksad-uteney" which means "the town of the sandflies." The name woodchuck comes from the Indian legend of "Wojak, the groundhog" considered by them to be their ancestral grandfather. The earliest American reference to Groundhog Day can be found at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center at Franklin and Marshall College: February 4, 1841 - from Morgantown, Berks County (Pennsylvania) storekeeper James Morris' diary... "Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate." If the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of Winter. Germans watched a badger for the shadow. In Pennsylvania, the groundhog, upon waking from mid-Winter hibernation, was selected as the replacement. Pennsylvania's official celebration of Groundhog Day began on February 2nd, 1886 with a proclamation in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the newspaper's editor, Clymer Freas: "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." The groundhog was given the name "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary'' and his hometown thus called the "Weather Capital of the World.'' His debut performance: no shadow - early Spring."[/i] Oh Wise Bear......how have you gained such wisdom??? GOOGLE IS OUR FRIEND PEOPLE!!! http://www.stormfax.com/ghogday.htm do you think there's any truth to the groundhog's prediction??? if only male pigs are used, should we change ground pork to groundhog???
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• United States
2 Feb 09
YAY!!!! Gosh, what are you getting Missy for groundhog's day?? I hope I get something good this year!
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
what does one get one when one is one who celebrates one's groundhog's one day??? anyone???
• United States
2 Feb 09
well, last year I got a rat skinned coat.. year before that I got a candied possum.. WAIT A MINUTE!!!! you don't celebrate groundhogs day? I'm PMing Missy!!! she is gettin' cheated out of some wonderful gifts!!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Feb 09
Hmmmmmm. One DOES wonder sconi. One does wonder indeed.....
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
3 Feb 09
I stayed up till midnight to watch Groundhog day with Bill Murray..yes he was in my house..lol..and we played it over and over..
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
yeah, i was gonna watch that for the umpteenth time tonight, but i get a headache on about the third day.....so i'm watching Seinfeld reruns for the hundredth-umpteenth time instead.
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
3 Feb 09
Oh you guy's just must be so excited to get another 6 weeks of winter and all on the here say of a little fat hog's shadow.........hehehe
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
HaHa....i'll bet the rest of the world looks at us like we're the little retarded kid half the time. HaHa...look at little US....listening to an overstuffed rat for weather advice.
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
3 Feb 09
Hey can you ask the rat when us poor buggar's over here in Oz are going to get some rain???????
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
don't you guys have a koala or a wombat or a platypus or something to tell you what's going on???
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
3 Feb 09
I've always loved the groundhog story ... and I don't care whether he's right or wrong - he's fun. Ground pork? You mean pork which has been ground in a grinder? Is that like 'how much ground could a groundhog grind if a groundhog could grind pork?'
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
aren't all hogs GROUND hogs anyways. i've never seen one that can fly or that lives in trees or anything. i think the groundhog has a better chance of being the grindEE instead of the grindER.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Ah sconi for an actual hog to fly you need a trebuchet. They're too big for a regular catapult to get airborn for long.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Haha, well no. I do not believe the hype. This is done the beginning of February. Of course we have more winter left! Everybody knows that!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
yeah....what a scam huh??? we don't get too much winter where i live anyways..............not too many grounhogs neither.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Feb 09
You are lucky! Where do you live?
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Las Vegas.
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Maybe we missed Groundhog's Day because of the post-Superbowl trauma??? Male pigs, ground pork, groundhog... what you smokin in that pipe, Sconi?
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Chief Bear smokem wisdom pipe.....see all....know all. *blows out a stream of bubbles after inhaling the soap*
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Ooooooooo, lookit the perty colors!!!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I think it's just folklore. Interesting history though and great researching...good job little bear! I actually like the winter so I just as soon it sticks around for at least another few weeks. We are supposed to be getting more snow this week!! Thank goodness....we need it! The stuff from last week is looking a bit dingy.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Feb 09
wait a minute here....are you saying it was groundhog day??? And I missed the whole thing? what is wrong with me?
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
3 Feb 09
HAPPY GROUNDHOG'S DAY SID!!!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 09
I don't think he affects us here in California. It's been a pretty warm winter!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
yeah, i'm in Las Vegas......it's been spring here since December.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 09
Yeah except for December 18th when it snowed there and made my flight to Burbank late!
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I hate to break it to you but groundhogs can't really predict the weather. I do not accept that winter will last another 6 weeks. I think the winter will only last another 4 weeks. My uncle is a weatherman in Oklahoma City and he told me not to worry.
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
of course.......your uncle sounds like a wise man......and we all know how accurate weathermen can be.........bout the same as a groundhog.
• United States
3 Feb 09
maybe he told ya not to worry cause he secretly knows the world is ending after 4 weeks! just sayin'!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Feb 09
I wanna groundhog! I wanna groundhog! I could train one to be useful here in Egypt. It wouldn't be difficult, as all he'd have to do is predict if it was going to rain or not (Answer is ALWAYS no!) and he'd be friggin' FAMOUS! Personally, I reckon he knows his stuff. The dude should have his own meteorological show on cable..... They don't use the female groundhogs by the way, 'cos all they do is repeatedly predict that it's great shopping weather!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
your groundhog is in the mail James.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Feb 09
Jeez sconi! Didya not hear what happened when mykl tried to send me some Olney white squirrels??? Oh well, I hope the little dude at least has a window in the cargo section 'cos that's about as far as he's gonna make it. Who the hell told everyone they taste like beef anyways???
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I figure Phil can predict the weather as well as the weather channel can, lol. However, I do agree with your sentiment in your opening statement! I guess we can't shoot the little sucker, can we? lol. For the first time since moving to PA. four years ago......I'm sick of snow, I'm sick of ice, and I'm ready for nicer weather. Of course it might have to do with the fact that I can't get to my doctor's office, and I will be moving in a month!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
well since you live in PA, you might very well be the best candidate to TAKE THAT SUCKA OUT!!! i actually uploaded a photo of a groundhog that said "open season" but it didn't upload.
• United States
2 Feb 09
awwww bear is graphically challenged today!
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
2 Feb 09
hello sconibear well the groundhog seen his shadow this morning. to tell ya the truth, i am ready for spring time and then summer time to get here so that i can go around in my shorts everyday, instead of dressing up with everything warm that i have when i have to go outside. thanks alot mr. groundhog! take care and have a beautiful day today!
@sconibear (8010)
• United States
2 Feb 09
well in the 122 years they've been keeping records of the groundhog, 9 times no record was recorded, 15 times the groundhog did not see his shadow, and 98 times the groundhog DID see his shadow! so it looks like the odds were stacked against us from the get-go.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Groundhog - Punxsutawney Phil, fat little guy
Well, I think winter will be over when it is over. I do not think that fat little critter can predict. He surely is at, but he is cute. We are actually expecting snow again tomorrow, into Wednesday, by the end of the week it will be about fifty degrees. It is nice how Groundhog's day is celebrated in PA, I hope they had a good time.
• United States
2 Feb 09
Noooo I hate winter! I think there's a truth to the groundhog's prediction. Or maybe not. And sure