In spite of record cold temperatures across the US this week, it has been reported that the world’s most famous groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil) didn’t see his shadow on Ground Hog Day, foretelling an early Spring. Hmm. I think the whole thing is fishy so I did some research.
Phil has been prognosticating for 121 years but since ground hogs only live an average of 10 years (or 14 in captivity as Phil does along with his wife Phyllis), this ground hog is a particularly long lived one. Supposedly he gets a magical elixir every summer to prolong his life. You’d think they’d bottle that. They’d make more on the elixir than the tourism. I also discovered that Phil doesn’t see much of anything this time of year. The weather announcement is decided in advance by 14 members of Punxsutawney Phil’s Inner Circle. So there you have it, the fix is in. Maybe the club decided we needed a bit of optimism to hold us over. It’s all in good fun. One of my favorite movies is Ground Hog Day. Maybe I’ll go rent it. Mr. Fashion-Incubator is ill (and ill tempered) and could use some cheering up.
This of course being nothing but a preamble to this week’s edition of the archives. Listed below are the entries published on this site for this week over the past five (almost six) years. If that weren’t enough, there are over 2,000 more in the archives. Hope your weekend is great.