Really though, what is up with Groundhog Day?
It’s Feb. 2nd and that means that almost everyone in the U.S. and Canada is spending today, at least for a moment, thinking about a rodent. Which is weird. Here at EmilynEmilynABottleOfWine we thought we’d take a hot second to highlight some of the weirdness that is today’s holiday.
A) Why does a groundhog get to be the emblem of spring? Did you know that a groundhog and a woodchuck is the exact same animal. Which boggles our minds because we always thought a woodchuck was a beaver. Details. Details.
B) Why do clouds (and therefore a lack of sunshine and shadows) mean that spring is going to come more quickly. Shouldn’t it be if the sun is out, likely spring is also on its way? Not that it matters much here, in the Pacific Northwest, where it doesn’t stop raining until July.
C) Why do 40,000 people feel compelled to celebrate this holiday in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where what looks to be the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, comes out of his earthen hole. Which brings us to the other point, that during the day multiple groundhogs will be used to forecast spring and they all get different readings (Note that Punxsutawney Phil was in the minority this year predicting 6 more weeks of winter according to the most reliable of websites, Wikipedia.)
D) The holiday is so popular that an entire, wonderful movie could be made about it. Cue this guy’s 19 minute montage of Bill Murray with a groundhog here.
All this being said, we hope you are having a lovely groundhog day. And leave you with this: