11 Fun Facts About Groundhog's Day And Punxsutawney Phil

11 Fun Facts About Groundhog's Day And Punxsutawney Phil

Because who doesn't love learning about the cutest little groundhog and the most underrated holiday?

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As a Pennsylvanian, Groundhog's Day is a pretty big deal. In case you don't know, Groundhog's Day is an annual holiday of February 2 each year. A cute groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil pops out of the ground. If he sees his shadow, he gets scared and retreats back into his hole and we get six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring is around the corner!

1. The event takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

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Punxsutawney is the cutest little municipality in Pennsylvania. It is western Pennsylvania and is part of Jefferson County.

2. The holiday has its roots in Christianity in Europe

https://stcharlesonline.org/news/candlemas-friday-february-2

According to the groundhog's website, February 2 used to be a religious holiday for Christians called "Candlemas Day." Christians brought their candles to church on this day to light them to have warmth for the rest of winter!

3. The "animal" aspect of Groundhog's Day comes from Germany... and didn't always include groundhogs!

https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/hedgehog-pets/

Back in the day, Germans believed that if a hedgehog saw its shadow on Candleman's Day, that meant more winter. When these people immigrated to America (specifically Pennsylvania, becoming the "Pennsylvania Dutch") the groundhog took over the role once employed by the hedgehog!

4. Punxsutawney Phil was on Oprah

In 1995, Oprah had her coolest guest star to date. Check it out here on YouTube!

5. Phil is immortal... or at least he hasn't died yet

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Phil comes back year after year to let us know what to expect for the seasons. Thankfully, he hasn't passed away yet. He's 132 years old and going strong! Rumors have it that there is a magic elixir that keeps him young. Care to share, Phil?

6. The holiday has its own movie

The movie Groundhog Day came out in 1993 and stars Bill Murray.

7. Canada has its own groundhog that they use to celebrate the holiday

According to Time and Date, Canada has their own groundhog. His name was Wiarton Willie, but he passed away... (He should have taken some of Phil's elixir!) Now they have Shubenacadie Sam. They celebrate on the same day as the United States.

8. Phil may not be the most accurate source...

https://www.pennlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/01/b4ee9d534c8391/groundhog-day-2019-guide-punxsutawney-phil-facts-tips-for-going-to-gobblers-knob-and-more.html

According to Fox News, Phil is only accurate 39% of the time. It's fine, though. His cuteness makes up for it.

9. Phil is married

Sorry groundhog ladies, this one's taken.

https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-is-punxsutawney-phil

Phil has a wife. Her name is Phyllis and they are the *cutest* couple, literally!

10. Phil has his own language

https://twitter.com/groundhogclub

Phil is fluent in Groundhogese. Check it out here!

11. Phil was NOT happy about Prohibition

This was Phil's exact face when he heard about the ban of alcohol.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/02/02/groundhog.day/index.html

According to the groundhog's website, during Prohibition, he threatened 60 weeks of winter if he could not get a drink. You can pretty much thank Phil for the end of Prohibition.

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21 Beer-rific Instagram Captions For Your 21st Birthday

Because "twenty fun" is old and overused.
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For the past few years, I have seen the same caption on Instagram over and over again about a girl turning 21. Yes, "Twenty fun," is pretty clever, but I'm tired of seeing it. Since my 21st birthday is this week, I was wondering what I should use as an Instagram caption. So, here are 21 Instagram captions that you'll be dying to use for your 21st.

1. R.I.P. Fake ID.

2. Cheers and beers to my 21 years.

3. Do you find me aBOOZing?

4. Pitcher perfect.

5. Hakuna Ma 'Vodka - It means no memories for the rest of your night.

6. Bad and Boozy

7. I make pour decisions.

8. Beer makes me hoppy.

9. IPA lot when I drink.

10. I can finally have a six-pack.

11. Tequila probably won't fix my problems, but it's worth a shot.

12. Sip happens.

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15. Whiskey business.

16. Getting into the birthday spirit.

17. If life gives you lemons, add vodka.

18. Here's to the year I won't remember.

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12 Small Things You Can Do To Celebrate Our Planet On Earth Day

Make a meal using whole foods!

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Climate change is ravaging our planet constantly, so take this day to celebrate Earth. There are little things that we should try to do every day, but if anything... Earth Day is the day. Keep your space clean and green, and maybe one day Congress will do the same.

1. Go outside for a couple hours, and leave your phone in your pocket!

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Sit and reflect on the beautiful world around you.

2. Take some time to pick up litter on your college campus!

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Grab a grocery bag and pick up whatever litter you see outside your dorm, or on your daily walks to classes.

3. Buy some eco-friendly daily essentials...

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Buy a canvas tote or a bamboo toothbrush. Get yourself a glass water bottle or some wool dryer balls. So many everyday items can be easily switched out for eco-friendly swaps!

4. Ride your bike to grab a coffee instead of driving.

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5. Take a shorter shower.

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I am guilty of taking extremely long showers. Cutting your average shower by five or ten minutes can make a huge difference though!

6. Plant some flowers!

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Plant a mini garden! Or pot some plants to keep in your dorm and transfer them outside when you move to your forever home!

7. Make a meal using whole foods!

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Whole foods don't have packaging or they have a minimal amount that is usually perfect for recycling!

8. Turn your lights off!

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Whether this means going to bed earlier, or lighting a few candles, just turn off the lights!

9. Go meat-free for the day!

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There are so many delicious meat free options to choose from! One day without meat can help the planet more than you know. Skip the turkey, and reach for more sustainable food options!

10. Educate yourself on what you can and can't recycle...

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Did you know that pizza boxes CANNOT be recycled if there is grease on the box, no matter how small the stain? One greasy pizza box can ruin a whole bin full of recycled goods.

11. Choose paper over plastic.

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12. Open your windows!

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Turn off the A/C and let the Earth cool/heat your home even if it's just for an hour. Your pets will appreciate it too!

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