Groundhog Day

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  1. HerHubby

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    Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring (The groundhog on my property didn't see his shadow either - HOORAY! ;>)

    February 02, 2007 8:40 AM EST

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction.

    Phil did not see his shadow on Friday which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.

    Since 1886, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, hasn't seen it 14 times and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The last time Phil failed to see his shadow was in 1999.

    More than 15,000 revelers milled about in a misty snow waiting for the prediction, as fireworks exploded overhead and the "Pennsylvania Polka" and other music blared in the background.

    Longtime handler Bill Deeley retired after more than a dozen years and was replaced Friday by Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle members John Griffiths and Ben Hughes.

    Each Feb. 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.

    The Germans believed that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on Feb. 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

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    On the Net: http://www.groundhog.org

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
     

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  2. Bella

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    Woooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooo!!! :cheer
    I can't wait for Spring!! :)

    I just love to hear the birds chirping
    & see the flowers blooming
    & the waves crashing
    & the sun beating down on my bare chest...

    Ooooh, got a little carried away there! :brow

    (you get the picture though!!) :lol

    ~Bella
     
  3. HerHubby

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    Well, I sure do like YOUR picture anyway, ha, ha! ;> Hooray for spring! Hooray for Bella!
     
  4. CrazySexGirl

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    you live in Florida too, its always Spring here...almost. lol
     
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    :cheer!! Yea!!! :cheer
    ~Bella

     
  6. Bella

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    Yes, but lately.....brrrrrrrrr!
    They can turn the heat up anytime now!! :mad
    :rofl
    ~Bella

     
  7. doberman

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    does this really exist?

    i only know the bill-murray-movie, so.. which was quite good fun BTW..

    *dobermanscratchesitsearsandwondersabitaboutamericantraditions* :lol
     
  8. Puss_in_boots

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    oh yes, it's a real tradition in that quaint little small town of Punxatawny.