I don't get Groundhog Day.
So. The groundhog saw his shadow, six more weeks of winter, blah blah blah. But the whole thing seems pretty problematic, and yes, I realize I am completely overthinking this, but IT BOTHERS ME. Okay. Here are my questions:
1. How do you know what a groundhog sees or doesn't see in the first place?
2. Are there ever NOT six more weeks of winter? Winter doesn't end in February. That's just ridiculous.
3. For that matter, are there ever ONLY six more weeks of winter? Up here, at least, it's more like three more months of winter.
4. So maybe it's just supposed to be a local thing. But does winter ever end in February in Pennsylvania? Really?
5. Good Morning America just said something about other groundhogs in other places. So their results are local to their places? Otherwise, wouldn't they conflict sometimes?
I know this is just a ridiculous tradition, but apparently it's so ridiculous that it's bothering me.
Posted by Kat at February 2, 2010 11:00 AM
I've figured for years that it's just whether an additional 6 weeks are tacked on to the regular ending date or not. so it counts from whenever winter would have ended, not from feb. 2. which made me cry when i lived in new england, but now makes me feel like winter will be just about right. :)