Grandpa explans Groundhog Day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GrandpaDave, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Let’s start at the beginning.
    Groundhog Day, at its most basic, is an astronomical holiday. February 2<sup>nd</sup> falls midway between the December solstice and March equinox.

    That old song explains the why...
    If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it’s an omen for six more weeks of bad weather. But if the day is cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow, it’s time for spring. according to that old song anyway...

    Get it now?
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  2. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Punxatawny Phil saw his shadow. BUT IT IS FLIIPPIN' 76 DEGREES AT MY HOUSE!!! That groundhog is wrong. Groundhog stew anyone? ;)
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  3. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Yahoo tells me it's 62 outside over here in SE KS.
    you bring the Groundhog I'll fire up the grill... It's BYOB for the rest of ya all
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  4. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    In my religion we refer to today as Barri, when the fertility god Freyr (associated with weather and farming) and the goddess Gerðr who is most commonly associated with the more modern concept of Mother Earth consummate their marriage.
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  5. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    GPD, Deal. Now, I have to drive to Punksatawney...
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  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Might take this into consideration?
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Happy Barri day, RR!

    Recent weather has had us dealing with clouds and rain... and clouds. But not today! Today it's bright and sun-shiny! :D

    :lol: at Sea's picture. He certainly can't do much worse than some weathermen at predicting the weather patterns!
  8. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    Tracy, Weathermen are the only job you can lie more than a politician, get caught at it, & still stay employed!!!
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  9. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    This is the christian holiday called candlemass day, covered up by anything else that they could get to stick in people's memory. The groundhog seems to have won out.
  10. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay

    Being a Pennsylvanian I must say that Punxatawny Phil is a state treasure...his cousin is even the mascot for our state lotto.

    But after Phil and his cousin Gus "the second most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania", you can eat all the "minibears" and "whistlepigs" you like!
  11. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    Hmm kinda like the way Yule was co-opted into Christianity and named Christmas following the Christian jihad against those poor heathens of Europe?
  12. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

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