Originally Posted by Midlo Rider
How can a groundhog that lives all year inside a library forecast the weather. That charade of pulling that furry rat out of a stump every year is really funny. Went there one year and saw how he really lives and wish I could be treated the same way. My wife used to say how awful that they pulled him out of his bed every year until that trip. Now she laughs every February when they do their show. The stump is even fake. It is now the middle of March and snow is forecast in Virginia. Groundhog predicting the weather, Yea Right.
You don't know how right you are. Before they built the groundhog habitat at the new library the "Groundhog Club", yes there really is one, kept the furry guy somewhere for the big day. He either died or got away but when I was in HS the morning announcement over the PA system was something like this: "If anyone knows where the Groundhog Club can get a live groundhog contact ........" They were fretting that they would have to use a stuffed taxidermy Phil for the event.
Some farm kids got their dad's backhoe and dug some poor hibernating "whistle pig" out of the frozen ground to supply the live critter. The whole thing was a big joke when I was growing up there. Somehow it got some legs when hordes of drunken college kids would show up for the event. And the movie didn't hurt either.
Another slice of Groundhog history is when a church bought the property the "Gobblers Knob" is on. They were quite upset about all the drunken revelry and threaded to kill the whole thing. They all worked it out, with massive police presence I think.