With the general doom & gloom facing the nation due to the economy, rising unemployment, global warming and the general refusal of nice restaurants to accept the spork as a forward-thinking approach to cutlery, it’s no wonder that folks take some comfort in good old traditional American folklore.
In this case, we’re talking about Groundhog Day.
Every February 2nd, local weathermen are upstaged by a furry critter from Punxsutawney. This small town in Pennsylvania is about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh, and its claim to fame is housing the world’s furriest weather prognosticator.
And so it was that Groundhog Phil came out of his hole yesterday and saw his shadow, thus predicting 6 more weeks of winter.
On the plus side, anyone into this kind of folklore has a lot of groundhog sweatshirts to keep them warm in the meantime.