Groundhog Day facts

9 Groundhog’s Day Facts

Groundhog’s Day is a little holiday in February that gives us all hope that spring weather is coming soon. Most people overlook it BUT as the long winter months drag on for those of us in the north… a reason to celebrate the thought of warm weather is a great distraction! 

Here are a few Groundhog Day facts… enjoy!

1. A groundhog, depending on your region, is also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, and a land-beaver.

2. A groundhog’s diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.

3. When groundhogs hibernate, and they are one of the few animals that do, they slow their metabolism and drop their body temperature to just a bit warmer than the place where they’re sleeping. Their bodies can reach temperatures as low as 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club claims that a magical punch extends Phil’s life (hey, maybe it does), but wild groundhogs only live around six to eight years maximum and captive animals 14 years max.

5. Insects do not bother groundhogs and germs pretty much leave them alone. They are resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of wild animals. One reason for this is their cleanliness.

6. The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris, where it was associated with Candlemas, a day where priests would bless candles 40 days after Christmas.

7. The movie Groundhog Day was filmed in a town in Illinois, called Woodstock.

8. No one knows for sure how long Phil was stuck repeating his Groundhog Day in the movie, but reports vary from 10-10,000 years.

9. The movie Groundhog Day, has been considered a tale of self-improvement  and has become an illustration for the concept of spiritual transcendence, making the film a favorite of Buddhists. It has also, in the Catholic tradition, been seen as a representation of Purgatory. It has even been dubbed by some religious leaders as the “most spiritual film of our time”

I hope these 9 Groundhog’s Day facts bring some fun to your day… maybe they will help on trivia night! For a recipe for Groundhog Grub and links to groundhog printables and videos click here.

Happy Groundhog Day

Bet + Fam 🙂

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