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Posted on Feb 2, 2010
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It’s a tad goofy, this Groundhog Day tradition—and PETA, campaigning for an animatronic Punxsutawney Phil, would even say it’s inhumane—but if weather forecasts by clairvoyant rodents are your thing, we, who just spent part of the morning researching the origins of Groundhog Day, certainly aren’t going to judge.

Hey, did you know there was a Staten Island Chuck competing with Phil for national attention on Feb. 2? How about Gen. Beauregard Lee? This is getting out of hand. Anyway, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, so someone over at the Drudge Report is probably going to pounce on that as further evidence that global warming is a myth. Also, according to National Geographic (see “origins” link above), Phil’s attempt to join in on the whole Twitter thing was thwarted by a hacker.  —KA

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By Hulk2008, February 3, 2010 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Unless they move Phil to some southern state, he will invariably predict at least 6 weeks more of winter for Punxsutawney and similar climes. 

Those of us in the upper pseudo-“temperate” zone need many more holidays and warm-up days between New Years and Memorial Day.  Hunkering down during the snow, wind, blizzards, and ice is a dismal way to spend the first 5 months of each year.

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