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WTF is Groundhog Day?!

Let’s talk about Groundhog Day.

We all know and love the 1993 movie and use it to reference the repetitive nature of our daily lives. But seeing the little dot on my Calendar this year, I realized I didn’t actually know why we predict the arrival of spring with a small, furry rodent in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

After a quick google search, I’ve learned that like many of our more absurdist traditions, the weather predicting groundhog Phil got his job through an old Christian tradition brought to America by German immigrants. In ancient Christianity, it was believed that if there was a clear sky on Candlemas Day there would be cold weather ahead. At some point, the theory shifted to being determined by the shadow of an animal coming out of hib