Need we say more?
Yes. In Punxsutawney, PA, the famous groundhog made a bee line for his home after he saw his shadow, thereby disappointing everyone who made the trek to see his historic action. And now saddened by the prospect of more bitter cold and dreary days.
German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.
Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times, hasn’t seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
And here we have the famous groundhog, being catapulted up into the air, before he coyly foretold the weather. With that kind of flinging motion, perhaps Phil had a vertiginous episode with nausea. He might have been better served by some gentle stroking before the magic moment. Keep your coats on, folks.
“Ben Hughes, handler of the weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil in the air after removing him from his stump at Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.”
Image courtesy of Carolyn Kaster/AP via http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2009-02-02-groundhog-day_N.htm.