When is Groundhog day?

On Groundhog Day, what does it mean if Punxsutawney Phil comes out and
sees the village idiot?

Within 6 weeks you’ll have a village full of idiots!


Jokes for Groundhog Day

Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband, ‘I bet you don’t
know what day this is?’

‘Of course I do,’ he answered indignantly, as he slammed
door, and drove to his office.

At 11 o’clock, the doorbell rang.  The wife answered, and there at her front door was a UPS
driver, in his had was a box containing 12 red roses.

Later, at 2 pm there was another knock at the door, this time it was a deluxe
box of Belgian chocolates.

Eventually the husband came home, tired after a hard day’s work.  His
wife greeted him by saying: ‘First the flowers, then the chocolates, I’ve never
had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life!’

Arizona Abner

Punxsutawney Phil’s cousin, Arizona Abner, was buried alive under a
K-Mart parking lot, reports The Furious Bandercoot.  Consequently, seven years of
summers are expected for the whole state of Arizona.

Short Groundhog Jokes

  • What do you get when you cross a groundhog with a pistachio?
    A green
    beast who predicts a dry spring, and acts like a nut.
  • On Groundhog Day, what does it mean if Punxsutawney Phil comes out and
    sees the village idiot?
    Within 6 weeks you’ll have a village full
    of idiots.
  • What happened when the groundhog met the dogcatcher?
    He became a pound
  • What do you call Punxsutawney Phil’s laundry?
  • Click here for more Groundhog jokes.
    As Yogi Berra would say, “Groundhog Day is like Deja vu all over again”

Will and Guy’s Fun Facts and Interesting Trivia About GroundhogsGroundhog Day - February 2nd

  • The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12
    to 15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches
  • Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish hairs tipped with brown
    or sometimes dull red. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs,
    and are surprisingly quick. Their jaws are exceptionally strong.
  • A groundhog’s diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and
    vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy
  • A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle
    in the spring when they begin courting.
  • Insects do not bother groundhogs and germs leave them alone. They
    are resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of
    wild animals. One reason for this is their cleanliness.
  • Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate.
    Hibernation is not just a deep sleep. It is actually a deep coma, where
    the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart
    barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops.
  • Young Groundhogs are usually born in mid-April or May, and by July
    they are able to go out on their own. The size of the litter is 4 to 9.
    A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub.
  • A groundhog’s life span is normally 6 to 8 years. Phil receives a
    drink of a magical punch every summer during the annual Groundhog
    Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life.

Sayings for Candlemas and Groundhog Day

‘For as the sun shines on
Candlemas Day, so far will the snow
swirl in May…’

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

Archive: One of Punxsutawney Phil’s earlier Forecasts :

On Gobbler’s Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict
that early spring is on the way

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Halve the fuel and halve the hay.

The 2007 forecast broke seven
year streak where Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day 2011 (125th Anniversary)Groundhog Day - February 2nd

Punxsutawney Phil Says Spring Will Come Early

“Phil surveyed his surroundings and found no shadow, so an early spring
it will be!” claims Groundhog.org.

Phil’s prediction is based on whether or not he can see his shadow.  Local residents thinking
is thus, shadow = sun = cold wintry conditions for another 6 weeks.  Cloudy, no shadow = milder conditions, thus spring is on the way.

Groundhog Day 2010

What happens in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania USA is that the behaviour of a Phil the Groundhog determines if spring is just around the corner, or if the weather will take a turn for the worse.  The action
takes place at about 7:30 in the morning of 2nd February at Gobbler’s Knob, just outside Punxsutawney PA.

Tuesday February 2nd 2010 Punxsutawney Phil DID see his shadow, thus it was
a bright sunny morning, consequently we are in for 6 more weeks of cold
wintry weather.

Groundhog Day 2009

In 2009 Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day.  Thus we
are in for at least another 6 weeks of winter.  A feature of this
year’s audience were at least 5,000 Pittsburgh Steelers fans fresh from
celebrating their victory in Super Bowl 43.

Groundhog Day 2008

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow shortly before 7:30 a.m. local time.
The crowd of 35,000 people cheered as William Cooper read a scroll containing
the groundhog’s prediction.

‘As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more
weeks of winter it will be.

Groundhog Day 2007

A dull day, no shaddow.  February 2nd 2007’s forecast broke seven
year streak where Phil had seen his shadow on Groundhog Day.

Groundhog History

The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old saying: ‘If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll
be two winters in the year.’

The great, great, great, great grandfather of Punxsutawney Phil
first made his prediction in 1887.  Today’s Phil weights in at about 1 stone (14lbs).  Whereas his wild groundhog (woodchuck) cousins eat grass with the occasional treat of a dandelion or clover;
Punxsutawney Phil is pampered with ice cream and dog food.

On the big day – February the 2nd, Phil is taken to special heated burrow underneath the artificial tree stump Gobbler’s Knob.  After he
performs his duty of checking his shadow, Phil is taken to his home in the Punxsutawney Library.

The Origins of Groundhog DayGroundhog at Gobbler's Knoll

Groundhog Day may be associated strongly with the 1993 Bill Murray film
(see below), but its origins lie with German settlers in the 18th century.
The name Punxsutawney, the town in Pennsylvania where the groundhog ceremony
takes place every year, comes from the Indian name for the location
“ponksad-uteney”, which means “the town of the sand flies”.

We have found that when German settlers arrived in the 1700s, they
brought the celebration of Candlemas with them. German tradition holds that
if the sun comes out on Candlemas,
the hedgehog will see its shadow and six more weeks of winter will follow.
If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

The German settles in Pennsylvania continued the tradition but used a
*groundhog rather than a hedgehog.

*The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck [Marmota monax], is a member of
the squirrel family. Groundhogs in the wild eat succulent green plants, such
as dandelion, clover, and grasses.

The first official Groundhog day was on February 2nd, 1887, at Gobbler’s
Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, although its first reference
can be found in 1841.

Today it is celebrated in the USA and Canada, with the most popular
ceremony in Punxsutawney, although there are several others across both
countries. Crowds in Punxsutawney can be as large as 40,000, and have
increased in popularity since the Bill Murray film.

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, has seen his shadow
nearly 100 times, has not seen it 15 times, and nine years are unaccounted
for; Will and Guy feel it should be noted that he only has an accuracy
rating of some 39%.

See more on Groundhog Day.

Groundhogs In Canada

  • We hear word that Canada has its versions of Groundhog day,
    starring ‘Wee Willie Wiarton’.
  • And There is another imposter called the Prairie
    Prognosticator, of Balzac, Alberta, Canada.
  • There again, you could consult Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia.

Groundhog Day – The Film (1993)

The 1993 Groundhog film developed the original idea of repeating the same day over and over again, but with different endings.
Bill Murray stars as the weatherman Phil Connors who relives reporting on February 2nd – Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney PA.  Andie MacDowell co-stars as Rita his production assistant, who
helps transform Phil’s character.

Groundhog day film Bill Murray

What makes the film an above average
comedy is the way Bill’s character transforms from a grouch, grumpy inadequate,
into a rounded empathetic character who lives life to the full.

Since the Groundhog Day film, the saying has taken
off, it was though the phenomenon of events repeating themselves was crying out for a catch phrase – Groundhog Day.

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sayings and stories.

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