If you believe Punxsutawney Phil, we’re getting six more weeks of winter. If you believe Staten Island Chuck, it’s an early spring. General Lee agrees. No one asked the original General Lee how he felt about having his name attached to an oversized rodent weatherman.
Ground hog, woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land beaver, I can tell you that the woodchucks in this neck of the woods were completely iced in and didn’t even get a vote.
But a lot of groundhogs south of us did. How’d they do? Well, somebody was right. If you look at the accuracy, it’s less than chance. Which is spooky if you realize what we’re really celebrating is a pagan sacred bear ritual made weird and kooky by Christianizing it.
- Groundhog wars: Rodents diverge on winter forecast – Stuff.co.nz (stuff.co.nz)
- Groundhog Day: six more weeks of winter, Phil? Not so fast, say rivals (guardian.co.uk)
- Prediction: This Groundhog Will Never Change (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Punxsutawney Phil Will See His Shadow, But Chances Are He’ll Be Wrong [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- What the Heck Is Groundhog Day? [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Pause on Groundhog Day to rethink life (prayerfullivingnewsblog.wordpress.com)
- Fuhgeddaboudit! Groundhog Staten Island Chuck challenges Punxsutawney Phil, predicts an early spring (pennlive.com)
- Big Snapshot: Punxsutawney Phil forecasts 6 more weeks of winter (mnn.com)
- Groundhogs behaving badly: When forecasting critters go rogue (mercurynews.com)
- Groundhog Day – Why Do We Love it So Much? (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Happy Groundhog or GroundCat Day! (thesunshinestand.com)