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Ground Hog Day

From: Canada Ontario Mississauga @DiscoveryGuru Time : 2015-02-05 12:12:33

It has come to my attention that Ground Hog Day (February 2) is not well known in China. It is annual "celebration" in Canada and Northern USA, and I use the term celebration generously. First of all, a ground hog is a large burrowing rodent. Think of a 7 kg hamster and you'll have a good idea of one. The myth is that if the ground hog comes out of his burrow on Feb 2 and sees his shadow, then there will be 6 more weeks of winter, but if he doesn't see his shadow, we will have an early spring. There are a couple of famous ground hogs - Wiarton Willie in Wiarton Ontario Canada, and Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania USA are probably the two most famous. Every Feb 2, the Mayor and other town officials meet early in the morning in these cities and check their special ground hog and report the prediction. It is humourous fun and no-one really takes the predictions seriously. This year, Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring. I hope he's right.


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From: Australia Queensland Brisbane @Barry1 Time : 2015-02-08 15:59:20 #1
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"It is humorous fun and no-one really takes the predictions seriously"

Interesting stuff, thanks DiscoveryGuru.

Groundhog Day was even more funny than normal this year when one of the groundhogs bit the mayor's ear. Did you see the shocked look on the mayor's face as he was bitten? (giggle)

This was the humorous highlight of the entire evening for me as I watched it, made even funnier by the fact it was completely spontaneous and non-scripted! (rofl)
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