Tag Archives: Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring [VIDEO]

Last week’s record-setting blizzard aside, we still haven’t had much of a winter. And this morning Punxsutawney Phil said spring is coming early. NPR reports: A crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob early this morning, awaiting the emergence of the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. After a tap of a cane on Phil’s tree-trunk cage, his door was opened, and the animal ...

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Groundhogs Disagree On Spring Forecast

Last year’s Staten Island Chuck (actually a female named Charlotte) died several days after De Blasio dropped her on Groundhog Day. This year Chuck was kept behind plexiglass.

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 58 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 57 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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De Blasio Fumbles The Groundhog

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio today fumbled Staten Island Chuck, who is Gotham’s version of Punxsutawney Phil. Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Staten Island’s celebrity groundhog Sunday. Then Staten Island Chuck dropped some bad news on New Yorkers. During a ceremony at dawn at the Staten Island Zoo, Chuck predicted that New York’s brutal winter thus far will hang around ...

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Prosecutor “Indicts” Punxsutawney Phil

Ohio’s Butler County prosecutor has indicted Punxsutawney Phil for lying about an early spring. Gmoser says that on Groundhog day, Phil “did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early. Contrary to the Groundhog day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the ...

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No Shadow For Punxsutawney Phil

Staten Island Chuck made the same prediction today.

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 56 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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Staten Island Chuck Says Early Spring

Contrary to today’s word from Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck says we’ll see an early spring. The Staten Island Zoo claims that Chuck is right 80% of the time. New Yorkers may fondly recall Chuck’s 2009 bitey displeasure at Mayor Bloomberg’s manhandling.

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog’s Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 55 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog’s Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 54 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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Phil Says Six More Weeks

It looks like we’re not getting a break from this lousy winter. Punxsutawney Phil has emerged before revellers in Pennsylvannia to predict that winter will last another weeks. The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil’s forecast at dawn on Gobbler’s Knob, northeast of Pittsburgh. The tradition dates back to 1887 and follows a German idea that ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog’s Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 53 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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And Then The Robot Groundhog Became Self-Aware And Mankind Was Doomed

You know I can never resist a PETA story. PETA wants to take Punxsutawney Phil away from Gobbler’s Knob and give the little guy a dignified retirement at an animal sanctuary. In his place, you guessed it: A robot groundhog. Gemma Vaughan, PETA’s animals in entertainment specialist, fired off a letter to groundhog club president William Deeley this week, asking ...

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