Punxsutawney Phil: Spring is coming!
"The prognosticator of all prognosticators," Punxsutawney Phil, didn't see his shadow -- signalling that spring is on its way.
February 2nd, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Punxsutawney Phil: Spring is coming!

If you were hoping to be done with winter, Punxsutawney Phil has some good news for you - an early spring is on the way.

After the groundhog was summoned from his burrow at the Gobbler's Knob hill in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, early Sunday, observers proclaimed that "the prognosticator of all prognosticators" had not seen his shadow.

The tradition goes back to medieval times when there was a superstition that all hibernating animals emerged from their caves and dens to check on the weather on Candlemas, which is halfway between the winter solstice in December and the vernal equinox in March. If the animals saw their shadows, winter would go on for another six weeks, and they could go back to sleep, according to the tradition.

Meanwhile, at New York's Staten Island Zoo, fellow groundhog Staten Island Chuck also didn't see his shadow on Sunday, agreeing that an early spring was on its way.

The Staten Island event has happened for 32 years. Punxsutawney's celebration goes back 127 years.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Not to be outdone by the Americans, UN officials held their own Groundhog Day.

    In their own Groundhog Day ceremony, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), tying in reports on global warming, announced that there would be six more weeks of winter.

    ... followed by 1000 years of summer.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Pig farmers have never done well in the United States. Most Americans prefer beef to pork. Hamburger is an American favorite but contains no ham. The porcine raisers were hopeful to see a significant increase in their business after the scares about health over beef, but most of the benefits had gone to the poultry and fish industries, Sale of ham and bacon remained virtually unchanged.

    Because of this, The National Porcine Association hired a major Madison Avenue advertising firm to boost sale of pork products. They decided on an intensive campaign to saturate magazines television and radio with ads urging people to eat pork patties.

    The campaign was given an extra boost when Congress was convinced to designate the second of February as the day when every family would be urged to eat pork sausage. That day would be celebrated nationally, of course, as ... Ground Hog Day.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And finally, this one for our anti-Obama faction

    This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day. 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."

    February 2, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Out of jokes ? I wouldn't count on that. U get it ?

    February 2, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Roem

    I live on Gobbler's Knob. Guess what I do there? Yep. Gobble kns.

    February 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. maliz

    Yes, and it was Saturday, Not Sunday. February 2nd is Groundhog Day.
    Cheers Mate.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Yes I get it
    If you're counting on me running out of jokes, you lose.

    A bird was flying south for Winter, but he had left it too late and was frozen solid in a storm.
    He dropped down into a pasture of cows. The biggest, fattest cow was doing a c rap there, and the bird landed in it. At first he was disgusted, until he realised the poo was thawing him out!
    He started crying out for joy as the ice melted. A cat that was nearby heard the cries, walked over, saw the bird and ate it

    There are three morals to this story:

    1. Not everyone who gets you into s hit is your enemy

    2. Not everyone who gets you out of s hit is your friend

    3. If you are in s hit, keep your mouth shut

    February 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Not me above.
    Tedious little asshole.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A drill sergeant had just chewed out one of his cadets, and as he was walking away, he turned to the cadet and said, "I guess when I die you'll come and dance on my grave." The cadet replied, "Not me, Sarge...no sir! I promised myself that when I got out of the Army I'd never stand in another line!"

    February 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I know someone who will get his grave pissed on.

      February 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      I'd probably stand in that line.

      February 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Pound sand up your ass. You're talking to yourself again.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The class assignment in composition was to write about something unusual that happened during the past week. Little Irving got up to read his. "Papa fell in the well last week – " he began. "Good heavens," shrieked Mrs. Kroop, the teacher. "Is he all right now?" "He must be," said little Irving. "He stopped yelling for help yesterday."

    February 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I really hate CNN.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Hello banasy

    What is it about weekends and these jerks ?

    February 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Not me above. Someone must be very bored today eh JR? And its definitely not raven either cuz she would know WHERE she lives and not PORTLAND TONY either cuz he wouldnt get his name wrong! Sheesh! And @ benn, i agree someone should *grow a set!*

    February 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Now you know it's all one person...it's "jerk" singular.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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