Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

According to Wikipedia:

"...The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the Christian holiday of the Presentation, or Candlemas, which takes place on the same date, the 40th day after Christmas (based on Luke 2:22 following), which has a number of light and darkness images in its observance. It also bears similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic year, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication.

...In western countries in the Northern Hemisphere the official first day of Spring is about six weeks after Groundhog Day, on March 20 or March 21. About 1,000 years ago, before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar when the date of the equinox drifted in the Julian calendar, the spring equinox fell on March 16 instead. This was exactly six weeks after February 2, assuming that the equinox marked the first day of spring in certain medieval cultures, as it does now in western countries, Groundhog Day occurred exactly six weeks before spring. Therefore, if the groundhog saw his shadow on Groundhog Day there would be six more weeks of winter. If he didn't, there would be 42 less days of winter. In other words, the Groundhog Day tradition may have begun as a bit of folk humor."

HAHAAAHAHAAA! That good ol' folksy humor!

According to my calendar, the first day of Spring is March 20th. That would be... six and a half weeks away. So Punxsutawney Phil and Shubenacadie Sam and Wiarton Willy and Octoraro Orphie can all go fuck their furry little asses off because there's ALWAYS six more weeks of winter! Actually six and a half weeks, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt on those extra couple of days because I don't think they have little groundhog calendars in the shitholes they call homes.

On a side note, Punxsutawney Phil gets all the credit while Staten Island Chuck and Dunkirk Dave did predict an early Spring this year. So it's time to share the wealth Phil, you greedy bastard.

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