Monday, February 01, 2016

Groundhog's Day Eve

I can hardly wait until Groundhog's Day! I almost forgot it since the stores went right from Christmas merchandise into Valentine's Day crap and skipped Groundhog's Day altogether. Doesn't seem quite fair.

In honor of it being Groundhog's Day Eve, I've taken the liberty of reusing the photo above that I've now used four times in posts also in honor of Groundhog's Day. Most of them are just rehashing the history of the holiday and gibberish about the movie Groundhog's Day starring Bill Murray. The movie is about a man who ends up repeating the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

This is basically what I do in my blog, only I simply repeat the same stories over and over and repost the same photos of things I've Photoshopped my face on.  I do the former because my memory sucks and I do the latter because I'm getting too lazy to Photoshop my face on new stuff.

While I'm repeating myself, I will point out that a groundhog is also a wood chuck and rather than being frightened by their shadow if it is sunny tomorrow, they should be off somewhere chucking wood. Anyway, I suppose Groundhog's Day sounds better than Wood Chuck's Day.

With all the times I've basically posted this same post, you'd think I would have done some research to discover why there is such a thing as Groundhog's Day. Apparently it has its roots in an ancient holiday called Candlemas Day, a day celebrating the halfway point between winter and spring. Farmers used to watch any burrowing animal around that time to see whether they would hang out or go back to their dens. The Germans used to watch badgers. In Pennslyvania (home of Punxsutawney Phil) they observed wood chuck's.

And to think we could be celebrating Badger Day instead of Groundhog's Day.

That would actually be kind of cool.

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