My brother posted this on Facebook:

Punxsutawney Phil woke up, looked around him, and pronounced in groundhogese, “I have seen not only my own shadow, but the long, dark shadow that has enveloped your land, blotting out all light. All joy. All hope. Know that this winter shall not end! Not in six weeks! Not in six upon six thousand weeks!”

He then turned to the president of the Inner Circle and said, “Our accord is broken! Do not call upon me again!” And with that, Phil scurried back into his burrow.

The puppy bowl is starting and they had Punxsutawney Phil [the groundhog] and his retainers determine the coin toss for if Team Ruff or Team Fluff goes first.

The cheerleaders are rescue rabbits and guinea pigs.
Team Fluff’s mascot is a rescued Chinchilla in it’s own area.
Team Ruff’s mascot is a rescued Screech Owl chilling on a perch decorated with Puppy Bowl stuff.
The social media expert is a rescued grey parrot named Meep who is ‘tweeting’ as things happen aka they took a few mins of footage of them sitting on a laptop and then let them sit wherever they wanted, then simulated the screen.

The ref is laying down to talk to the players if they just sit there. The pups are licking his face or just playing. 

I love Puppy Bowl, but Puppy Bowl XIII is what 2017 needed.


Groundhog Day (1993)
Dir: Harold Ramis
DOP: John Bailey
“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”


Seer of Seers
Sage of Sages
Prognosticator of Prognosticators
Weather Prophet Extraordinary

So reads the official title of Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous weather-predicting groundhog/woodchuck/marmot/whistle pig (yes, they are, in fact, all the same animal… surprises abound in the world of meteorological mammals). 

Phil hails from the town of Punxsutawney, PA, where every year on February 2, a group of grown men sporting top hats and waxed mustaches pull him out of a box and ask him when winter will end. I can never keep straight whether seeing the shadow means spring will come early or if we’ll have a long winter, but this doesn’t really matter, since rodents are not good weather prediction tools.

Despite being about as reliable as a coin flip, Phil is joined in this annual tradition by more than a dozen North American groundhogs like Shubenecadie Sam, General Beauregard Lee, and Wisconson’s humbly-named Jimmy the Groundhog, seen here:

Surprise! Groundhogs can bite! And I would too, if you forcibly removed me from my warm, comfy house, held me aloft in the frigid air in front of thousands of gaping onlookers and flashing lights and asked me about a subject in which I have no expertise.

Rodents might not be real educated in the fields of meteorology and astronomy, but humans are! We’ve got Earth’s orbital mechanics and their corresponding effect on annual temperature cycles down to a literal science. We smart. Just look…

I dug into the science of seasons this week, and I discovered that our system of defining “winter” and “summer” and “spring” and “autumn”, at least the way that most of us non-meteorologists think of them, doesn’t really make sense when you compare it to the weather. 

You might already know that we define “winter” or “summer” based on Earth’s position in relation to the sun, namely the solstices. This makes the seasons easy to keep track of, but for most of us these dates are unreliable, illogical, and remarkably disconnected from the actual weather. The little boxes on your calendar that say “First Day of Winter”, “First Day of Spring” and so on don’t line up very well with how cold or hot it is outside.

Unfortunately, that’s what happens when you try to apply a single calendar to an entire planet… could there be a better way?

You can learn the rest of the story by watching this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart up at the top of this post. Enjoy!


Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day

Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter during Groundhog Day festivities at Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill just outside Phil’s hometown.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

Photo credits: Gene J. Puskar/AP, Alan Freed (2) /Reuters, Jeff Swensen/Getty Images (2)

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