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  • [Vanity] Does Anyone Search Before Posting Anymore?

    03/26/2014 10:53:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 110 replies
    minds of FReepers everywhere | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | SunkenCiv
    The search engine gives unpredictable results, but we also have "Latest Topics" which list from newest to oldest and has "Next page" at the bottom of each page; there are keywords and topics; and as a last resort there is Google and Bing.
  • Obama's Still President, Monday the Day After Groundhog Day: We Do it All Over Again

    02/03/2014 7:12:48 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-3-2014 | MOTUS
    Since I, like everyone else, was distracted by the Super Bowl yesterday (sorry about that, Peytonistas, maybe next year) I was unable to provide my usual Groundhog Day coverage. Plus, I forgot all about it until Mayor De Blasio, decked out in his industrial strength anti-wildlife gloves, dropped his groundhog – causing it to curse New York with 6 more weeks of winter and 4 more years of De Blasio. Also, I understand “Staten Island Chuck” will be filing a claim against the city for brain damage cause by the ensuing concussion. Some news reports indicated Staten Island Chuck was...
  • Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

    03/22/2013 10:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 22, 2013 4:01 PM EDT | Amanda Lee Myers and Mark Scolforo
    A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an “indictment” against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2. … “Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early,” Gmoser declared. So what's the penalty? Death, Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek. …
  • In Obama's Amerika, It's Groundhog Day All Over Again!

    02/02/2013 8:55:10 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-2-2013 | MOTUS
    Ever since the release of the seminal Groundhog Day movie, February 2 has become synonymous with a type of recurring déjà vu. The movie veers into Nietzsche's eternal recurrence of the same, Camus' Myth of Sisyphus – and even the possibility of man becoming a god-like Superman. Boy, does this have “BHO’s” fingerprints all over it or what? So I dedicate this Groundhog Day redux to our Glorious (and possibly god-like) Leader and Shadow-Master: without his most transparent administration ever we would not be able to see through the fog of government. Won’t you please join me in enjoying, again,...
  • Paul Ryan's 'Groundhog Day'

    03/29/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/28/12 | John E. Sununu
    Like Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day," Rep. Paul Ryan appears condemned to repeat the same experiences over and over again. When Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled his House budget proposal this month, you could almost hear strains of "I Got You Babe" - the song that awakens Murray day after day after day. And like the good people of Punxsutawney, Pa., the masses on Capitol Hill seem oblivious to his plight as he patiently treads the same ground one more time. Budget resolutions are required by law, though the Senate hasn't passed one in years. Big and unwieldy, they...
  • Captured on camera! Mayor Bloomberg cusses the woodchuck that bit him

    02/04/2011 4:54:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 3, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Once bitten, twice not so shy, it seems, in the case of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his ongoing feud with Staten Island Chuck. Two years after he got bitten by the woodchuck, the Mayor called the animal a 'sonofab**ch' on Wednesday, not realising he was being filmed. Chuck lives at Staten Island Zoo and is the city's official woodchuck for the Groundhog Day ceremony.
  • Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

    02/02/2011 5:36:31 AM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 02/02/2011 | AP
    To the relief of the winter-weary, the world’s most famous groundhog predicted an early spring Wednesday.
  • Groundhog Day Blizzard brings Travel Chaos (Crushing ice storm, massive snow in Midwest)

    01/30/2011 1:48:48 PM PST · by listenhillary · 40 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | Jan 30, 2011 | Alex Sosnowski
    A large winter storm forecast to unfold could adversely affect more than 100 million people this week from the Rockies to the Plains, South, Midwest and Northeast, if it develops to its full potential. The latest indications continue to point toward a large storm forming amidst a building temperature contrast over the middle of the nation. Precipitation and strong cold air/warm air circulation around that storm will affect many millions of people from the interior West to the Atlantic Coast as next week progresses. We are calling this system the Groundhog Day storm, and it will likely severely impact...
  • SOTU

    01/22/2011 1:03:24 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    Jan 22, 2011 | swampsniper
    This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day, February 2nd, 2011. As Air America Radio pointed out, "It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: "One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication while the other involves a groundhog."
  • Palin Was Terrific

    01/17/2011 8:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 17, 2011 | Quin Hillyer
    I continue to believe that Sarah Palin is not yet qualified to be president, but my admiration for her continues to grow. Her interview with Sean Hannity, just aired, was almost pitch-perfect. It was dignified. It was well-modulated. It was strong. And it was thoughtful. She kept her composure even as Hannity put on the screen some of the vilest, most vicious attacks against her -- the sorts of things that were so bad that if they were said about me they might shake me to my core. She explained her thought process after hearing about the shooting in Tucson,...
  • Charlie Sheen Checks into Rehab

    02/23/2010 1:27:12 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 43 replies · 743+ views
    TMZ ^ | 02/23/10 | Staff
    Charlie Sheen's rep told TMZ Charlie is in rehab. The rep says, "He will take some time off from his series, 'Two and a Half Men.' He has asked that his privacy be honored." The rep says Charlie is checking into rehab as a "preventative measure," though he did not elaborate. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/23/charlie-sheen-checks-into-rehab-brooke-mueller-two-and-a-half-men/#ixzz0gOev796b
  • PETA proposes robotic groundhog for US festival

    02/13/2010 12:07:20 PM PST · by kingattax · 23 replies · 310+ views
    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in.
  • Incriminating Emails Link Groundhog To Climate Change Hoax (satire of the lowest sort)

    02/03/2010 1:34:36 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 1 replies · 193+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 02-03-2010 | Sven Waring
    Handlers for Punxsutawney Phil are scrambling to explain a group of emails that indicate the forecasting rodent has faked his climate change predictions. "If I wrote it in steel. If I wrote it in cement," said Dunston Leeds, spokesperson for Phil. "The answer would be the same. No comment." Phil, who reportedly saw his shadow yesterday, is forecasting six more weeks of winter and a spiraling budget deficit. However, in one email Phil tells a shrew in East Anglia University that recent evidence contradicted his six-week slide in temperature. "Data, schmata," Phil wrote. "I have grant checks I gotta cash."
  • Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad

    05/29/2008 11:09:50 AM PDT · by JZelle · 117 replies · 207+ views
    www.cnnmoney.com ^ | 5-28-08 | AP
    BOSTON (AP) -- Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee." In the spot, Ray holds an iced coffee while standing in front of trees with pink blossoms. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin complained that the scarf wrapped around her...
  • Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts more winter ahead

    02/02/2008 5:06:26 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 319+ views
    Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts more winter ahead 2 minutes ago If you believe in folklore, bundle up for six more weeks of wintry weather. This is Groundhog Day, and the furry little critter known as Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning. That, according to tradition, means six more weeks of winter. The apathetic-looking rodent was pulled from his stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle. They are the local businessmen in the Western Pennsylvania town who carry out the February 2nd ritual while garbed in top hats and tuxedos. The ceremony was preceded by a...
  • Keyes makes 3rd bid for presidency

    09/17/2007 11:54:58 AM PDT · by Borges · 67 replies · 87+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 9/17/07
    Alan Keyes, a Republican whose two previous runs for president ended in failure, is making a third try for the White House. The Maryland conservative announced on his Web site that he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday to make his candidacy official. He joins a crowded Republican field of nine candidates and is scheduled to participate Monday night at a debate involving lesser-known candidates in Florida. Keyes, a former State Department official under President Reagan, made unsuccessful presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. He also has been a Senate candidate from Maryland, and, in 2004, he...
  • Keyes looks to rescue GOP, announces run for president

    09/15/2007 4:08:21 AM PDT · by Man50D · 361 replies · 4,188+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | September 15, 2007 | Joe Kovacs
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After two previous runs for U.S. president, former Reagan diplomat Alan Keyes has announced he's again seeking the White House in the 2008 election, and he'll take part in Monday night's Republican presidential debate here. Keyes told syndicated radio host Janet Parshall he's "unmoved" by the lack of moral courage shown by the other candidates, among whom he sees no standout who articulates the "key kernel of truth that must, with courage, be presented to our people." He added, "The one thing I've always been called to do is to raise the standard ... of our...
  • (Sweden is tolerant alright but spare us this %¤*#) Bill Murray told police he was a golfer

    09/04/2007 5:58:35 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 15 replies · 945+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/04/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Hollywood star Bill Murray has spoken out about the events that led to him leaving a blood sample at a Stockholm police station last month. While speaking to the press at the Venice Film Festival, Murray was asked by a Swedish journalist to explain just what he was doing driving around Stockholm city centre in a golf cart. "A friend of mine, Jesper Parnevik, invited me to play in a pro-am golf tournament in Stockholm. I was driven to a party celebrating the event in a golf cart," Murray said. "After the party, the people that drove in the golf...
  • Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

    02/02/2007 8:33:39 AM PST · by sully777 · 3 replies · 246+ views
    kdka.com ^ | 2-2-07
    Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring: Thousands Flock To Punxsutawney, Pa., For Annual Rite (CBS) 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...
  • Groundhog Day, redux

    02/20/2006 4:53:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 349+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | February 19, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    Groundhog Day, redux By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary In the movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character wakes up to the same refrain from the song "I Got You, Babe" every morning, and that is how he knows he is stuck in the same place on the same day, day after day, throughout the movie. I keep hearing the same refrain day after day, week after week, year after year, from the Democrats in Sacramento. This last week was no exception. In 1998, then Gov. Pete Wilson proposed a $58.6 billion general fund budget. Between 1999 and 2001, the state experienced...
  • $100,000 for Punxsutawney Phil

    02/10/2006 10:37:38 AM PST · by Temple Owl · 19 replies · 677+ views
    The Countyr Press (Suburban Philadelphia) ^ | 2-8-06 | William w. Lawrence
    Well, Groundhog Day came and went. Punxsutawney Phil came out of his Gobbler's Knob hole at sunrise on Feb. 2 and saw his shadow. This means that we will have six more weeks of winter. But I could have told you that simply by looking at the calendar. Did you know that the Punxsutawney rodent and U.S. Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) were once named co-porkers of the month? Peterson and the rodent were chastised by Citizens Against Government Waste a couple of years ago for picking $100,000 out of the taxpayer's pockets. The federal grant was for a weather museum....
  • Hillary Celebrates Groundhog Day (Caption This)

    02/02/2006 8:22:05 PM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 32 replies · 1,530+ views
  • Outlaw Groundhog Day

    02/02/2006 4:05:24 PM PST · by Cavalcabo · 36 replies · 991+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1-29-06 | Tom Purcell
    Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped. You know the routine. Every Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, Phil is yanked from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, Pa. If he sees his shadow, his organizers allege, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring will be just around the corner. Millions have loved this primitive ritual for years, but now there's a problem. Groundhog Day evolved out of Candlemas Day, you see, a Christian tradition commemorating the purification of the Virgin Mary. As this tradition evolved in Germany, it got ever more colorful....
  • Punxsutawney Phil: 6 more weeks of winter

    02/02/2006 6:12:12 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies · 471+ views
    AP on MSNBC.com ^ | February 2, 2006
    PITTSBURGH - Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but it was hard to find a complainer in the crowd at Gobbler’s Knob, where the morning temperature was well above freezing and the Groundhog Day high was expected to hit 48 degrees. There were a few boos at the groundhog’s prediction of six more weeks of winter, but most of the hundreds of revelers instead turned the event into an impromptu Pittsburgh Steelers rally. Fans in football jerseys sang “Here we go Steelers,” and members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle — the top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen responsible for carrying on...
  • Happy Ground Hog Day(Extreme Vanity)

    02/02/2006 3:06:11 AM PST · by eastforker · 107 replies · 2,110+ views
    Eastforker | 2\2\06 | Eastforker
    And they are good with some red wine and a lot of garlic.
  • A Movie For All Time

    02/02/2006 6:17:13 AM PST · by sassbox · 6 replies · 305+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 02/02/06 | Jonah Goldberg
    Here's a line you'll either recognize or you won't: "This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." If you don't recognize this little gem, you've either never seen Groundhog Day or you're not a fan of what is, in my opinion, one of the best films of the last 40 years. As the day of the groundhog again approaches, it seems only fitting to celebrate what will almost undoubtedly join It's a Wonderful Life in the pantheon of America's most uplifting, morally serious, enjoyable, and timeless movies.
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 02, 2006, Groundhog Day - recondite

    02/02/2006 4:48:10 AM PST · by secret garden · 172 replies · 766+ views
    dictionaries ad nauseum, internet | February 02, 2006 | secret garden
    Word For The Day, Thursday, February 02, 2006, Groundhog Day - recondite In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". recondite \REK-uhn-dyt\, adjective1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.2. Concerned with obscure subject matter. Example sentences: And his fondness for stopping his readers short in their tracks with evidence of his recondite vocabulary is wonderfully irritating. --"Books of the Times," New York Times, February 23, 1951 Among his playmates he counts the Italian novelist and semiotics professor Umberto Eco, whom he befriended 15 years...
  • Punxsutawney Phil's Handler Stepping Down

    01/26/2006 7:14:14 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 19 replies · 440+ views
    AP ^ | 1/26/06
    Today: January 26, 2006 at 4:21:39 PST Punxsutawney Phil's Handler Stepping Down ASSOCIATED PRESS PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not on Groundhog Day, one thing's for sure: The man who has been the furry forecaster's official handler for the past 15 years will step down after this year. Bill Deeley, 56, said he doesn't have the energy or the time. Part of the job includes taking Phil to parades and special events. "I could stay in forever, but even the Pony Express changed horses," Deeley said. Deeley joined the Inner Circle - the top-hat-...
  • Zarqawi Surrounded

    03/28/2005 8:01:22 AM PST · by The Wizard · 121 replies · 8,047+ views
    Stardate: 0503.28
    FOX News
  • ZOT!!! O’Reilly hit with suit, troll with lightning.

    02/07/2005 7:20:05 PM PST · by immigrationreformactivist · 123 replies · 4,189+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 13, 2004 | Smokin Gun
    Based on the extensive quotations cited in the complaint, it appears a safe bet that Mackris, 33, recorded some of O'Reilly's more steamy soliloquies. For example, we direct you to his Caribbean shower fantasies. While we suggest reading the entire document, TSG will point you to interesting sections on a Thailand sex show, Al Franken, and the climax of one August 2004 phone conversation.
  • Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow

    02/02/2005 5:10:05 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 218 replies · 2,283+ views
    Yahoonews.com ^ | 2/2/05 | unknown
    About 2,000 people gathered in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Wednesday morning for the updated winter forecast from the famous groundhog. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and that means six more weeks of winter.
  • A Movie for All Time

    02/01/2005 6:25:46 AM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 1,060+ views
    National Review ^ | February 14, 2005
    ere's a line you'll either recognize or you won't: "This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." If you don't recognize this little gem, you've either never seen Groundhog Day or you're not a fan of what is, in my opinion, one of the best films of the last 40 years. As the day of the groundhog again approaches, it seems only fitting to celebrate what will almost undoubtedly join It's a Wonderful Life in the pantheon of America's most uplifting, morally serious, enjoyable, and timeless movies. When...
  • Discovering the History of Groundhog Day

    01/31/2005 11:52:20 AM PST · by TexasTaysor · 9 replies · 506+ views
    Weatherbug.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2005 | Stephanie Blozy
    Discovering the History of Groundhog Day By Stephanie Blozy, WeatherBug Chief Chirp Although most of us are entering the heart of winter, the start of spring could be just around the corner…that is, according to the legend of Groundhog Day. While there is no meteorological truth to Groundhog Day, there is fun in the legend of it all. Each year on February 2, we wait in great anticipation for Phil the Groundhog’s latest proclamation. And this year, I’ll witness it live and share all the details with you. Bill Murray made Punxsutawney Phil a household name in 1993, when he...
  • ACLU Sues Seminole Co. Elections Office Over Faxed Registration

    10/20/2004 9:53:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies · 714+ views
    http://www.wkmg.com ^ | October 19, 2004 | The Associated Press
    ACLU Sues Seminole Co. Elections Office Over Faxed Registration POSTED: 6:39 pm EDT October 19, 2004 ORLANDO, Fla. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Seminole County elections officials, saying they refused to register a voter living in Germany. David B. de Treville has lived overseas since 1987. He says elections officials denied his application to register and request an absentee ballot because it was a fax, not the original. He faxed the application in August, and was informed of the denial eight weeks later when he called to follow up because he had not heard anything....
  • NAACP SUES ELECTIONS CHIEF OVER EARLY VOTING - DELAND, FL.

    10/08/2004 6:46:31 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies · 706+ views
    News-Journal ^ | October 08, 2004 | James Miller
    NAACP sues elections chief over early voting By JAMES MILLER Staff Writer Last update: October 08, 2004 DELAND -- The NAACP filed a federal voting rights lawsuit Thursday against Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Deanie Lowe, plunging the county into an elections controversy just weeks before the Nov. 2 general election. The suit claims that by having only one early voting site -- in DeLand -- Lowe disenfranchises black voters in eastern Volusia County, where the majority of black residents live. A state law adopted in May requires county elections officials to offer early voting at the Department of Elections...
  • Live Thread: Kerry on Imus (starts 7:29 EST 09/15/04)

    09/15/2004 4:23:20 AM PDT · by xm177e2 · 432 replies · 17,752+ views
    Imus Radio Show ^ | 09/15/04 | Don Imus
    Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will be the guest at 7:29 am eastern. Senator Kerry has a lot of convincing to do, beginning with the I-Man.. whose support has waned in recent weeks. Despite several polls to the contrary, both campaigns acknowledge a 5-6 point lead for President Bush. Many analysts say it's a result of a post convention bump, and the GOP's ability to make the focus of the election national security and Kerry's record. The challenge for the Senator is to now put the emphasis back on domestic issues while separating the War in Iraq from the War...
  • Candlemas And Groundhogs

    02/04/2004 8:35:27 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 15 replies · 247+ views
    www.countypressonline.com ^ | 02/04/2004 | By Ron Pritsch
    February derives its name from the Latin verb, "februare, " meaning to purify and, as one might expect, various rites of purification took place in ancient times during this upcoming month. Light also played an important role in many ancient purification rites and beliefs and so, understandably, light plays a significant role in the tales and actions of this month, especially in regard to Candlemas Day and Groundhog Day which were both observed on Feb. 2. How did this all come about? It all started in ancient Rome. Candlemas actually had its antecedents in a pagan festival. During this festival...
  • Groundhogs and human rodents-Why should Punxsutawney Phil get all of the attention?

    02/02/2004 5:40:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 728+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-2-04 | Jeff Dunetz
    It happens every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2, members of the Groundhog Club adorned with top hats and tails, surround the home of Punxsutawney Phil one of the most famous rodents of the world. More than just a tourist attraction, there are people that really do believe if Phil the groundhog sees his shadow we will suffer though six more weeks of winter. Phil is just one example. All across the world there are ceremonies just like the one in Punxsutawney — ceremonies, where people trust animal behavior to indicate the future. Move over, Phil! You've spawned a...
  • Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter (and slams Saddam!)

    02/02/2004 5:03:18 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Groundhog.org ^ | 02/02/2004
    Phil Says Expect 6 More Weeks of Winter! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! On this Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2004, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, King of the Groundhogs, Prognosticator of Prognosticators has responded to the tapping welcome of Groundhog Club President Bill Cooper at 7:27 a.m. here on Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He was greeted by his longtime friend and handler Bill Deeley who said, "I bring greetings from Presidents Bush and Cooper." He then held him high so he could view and greet the large exuberant crowd of Faithful Followers. It was time for Phil to...
  • Early Spring for Mid-West!

    02/02/2004 10:44:54 AM PST · by apackof2 · 5 replies · 143+ views
    On Friday morning, 7:30 a.m., February 2, Ohio's official groundhog, Buckeye Chuck of Marion, stepped out of his lair in snowy, overcast weather. He did not see his shadow. According to legend, Ohioans can expect an early spring. The first day of Spring, March 20, is 46 days from February 2. The groundhog, also referred to as a woodchuck or whistle-pig, is a rodent related to ground squirrels and prairie dogs. It's stout-bodied, weighing up to 14 pounds, with reddish-brown or brown fur and black feet. While on average, groundhogs live for two years, some live for five or six....
  • Groundhog Booed As He Sees His Shadow

    02/02/2004 9:49:56 AM PST · by presidio9 · 51 replies · 214,672+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon, Feb 02, 2004 | DAN NEPHIN
    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - If you're tired of winter, Punxsutawney Phil had a message for you Monday — get used to it. After a rap on an oak stump roused him from his home on Gobbler's Knob, the world's most famous furry forecaster "saw" his shadow this chilly Groundhog Day (news - web sites) morning, which according to tradition means six more weeks of winter. Phil even included a topical reference in his proclamation — to the capture of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites). "I'm glad I live in this luxurious burrow on the knob, and not in a dirty,...
  • Big Flake Maker guarantees silliness will welcome Punxsutawney Phil

    02/01/2004 9:03:19 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 170+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 1, 2004 | Joyce Shannon
    <p>Besides strongly encouraging Punxsutawney Groundhog Day visitors to dress as warmly as possible, the Big Flake Maker of the Groundhog Club wants them to understand something else: "It's supposed to be silly."</p> <p>Despite the eccentricity of thousands gathering on a rural wooded hillside in the early-morning hours of a cold winter day, Inner Circle member Mike Johnston said he and the other 15 voting members take their jobs seriously, but with sly humor.</p>
  • CA: Recall Bearing similarities to `Groundhog Day,' without the humor (Barf Alert)

    06/13/2003 12:40:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 266+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/13/03 | Scott Herhold
    <p>As Californians ponder the mind-boggling possibility that they could recall Gov. Gray Davis less than a year after re-electing him, they might remember the 1993 movie ``Groundhog Day.''</p> <p>In that hilarious classic, a television weatherman played by Bill Murray is condemned to repeat the same day -- Feb. 2 -- again and again. Wondering whether he's insane, he brings chaos to Punxsutawney, Pa.</p>
  • Church group wants to buy Gobbler's Knob (Is Punxsutawney Phil 'Born Again'?)

    09/08/2002 7:41:26 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 202+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, September 08, 2002 | Tom Barnes
    <p>The world's most famous groundhog may be about to get religion -- or at least a new landlord.</p> <p>A group of Southern Baptists is trying to raise $530,000 to buy the Punxsutawney Sportsman's Club, a 93-acre property that includes Gobbler's Knob.</p>