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February is home to one of the most important holidays of the year not to forget: Groundhog
If you live outside of Can-merica then you might not know what a groundhog is so... here
you go: this is a groundhog. They're basically giant grumpy squirrels who dig burrows underground.
Burrows large enough, in fact, to occasionally make their comfy home a structural hazard
to your comfy home.
This explains the first half of their name. The second half is because they're kind of
fat -- though unlike their fellow Can-mericans -- when winter arrives they need their excess
weight to go into hibernation.
The story of the holiday is that on February 2nd the wise groundhogs wake from hibernation
to peek out of their burrow and look at the world. If they see their shadow they go back
inside which predicts six more weeks of winter. If they don't, then spring will come early.
The holiday started in the 1800s as a Pennsylvania Dutch custom of weather prediction and today
is celebrated in Canada and 49 of the fifty states, the exception being Alaska which in
2009 decided to forgo groundhog day in favor of marmot day.
Outside of Alaska, many groundhogs contend with each other to be the King of Seasonal
Weather prediction their their main weapon in this war being their delightful names such
Queen Charlotte and Sir Walter Wally in North Carolina,
Shubenacadie Sam of Nova Scotia
Staten Island Chuck from New York
French Creek Freddie in West Virginia
And... Gus from Athens Georgia though this last groundhog is somewhat overshadowed by
his neighbor, General Beauregard Lee, who one must assume has stylish facial hair and
fans himself on the veranda of his plantation home while drinking Mint Julep and pining
for the day when the south will rise again.
1,000 miles north of the General, Wiarton Willie is the groundhog king of Canada, who
throws an annual party to help him stay on top and make sure that people keep building
epic statues of him.
But, if there could be only one, Punxsutawney Phil would be him. Not only is his name the
most fun to say but he also has quite a posse of top-hatted, tuxedoed men who look after
him and call themselves the inner circle.
According to them, Punxsutawney Phil has been making predictions since the 1880s. Not a
Punxsutawney Phil, mind you, but this Punxsutawney Phil who is functionally immortal because
of a magic life-extending elixir the inner circle members prepare for him so that he
can continue to make predictions -- and bring in tourist revenue -- until the end of time.
He also speaks a language called groundhogese that only the president of the inner circle
can understand.
If you think that Groundhog day is a dumb, pointless holiday then, there are two things
you should consider:
1st: you have no sense of fun and 2nd, you better be careful on Groundhog day, because
in addition to their weather predicting day jobs, these groundhogs also have the magical
power to trap you in a infinite time loop until you learn to be less of a jerk.
Happy Groundhog Day�


土撥鼠日的解釋 (Groundhog Day Explained)

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稲葉白兎 發佈於 2014 年 9 月 25 日
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