This Day in History: The First Groundhog Day

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This Day in History: The First Groundhog Day
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On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal--the hedgehog--as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

Mall Santas Go Through Rigorous Testing

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Mall Santas Go Through Rigorous Testing
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Just to make sure you're all stable and of sound mind you will need to sign the Sanity Clause

The Usual Suspects

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The Usual Suspects
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Mr. Davis, don't worry, they can't see us. Now, do you see the man who stole your car?

No Reason It Comes Earlier Every Year!

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No Reason It Comes Earlier Every Year!
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This year, you'll be marketing Christmas for us even earlier, gentlemen. Labor Day and Halloween are now 'Santa friendly' holidays.

Anatomical Dolls

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Anatomical Dolls
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Oh wow! I know a certain little elf who is sleeping with me tonight.