Do you believe in physics, fortune tellers, weathermen? I don't put much stock in prognostication because
I've survived too many ends of the world as foretold by Nostradamus
The weather forecaster's success rate is less than impressive.
There would be a lot more rich psychics if they were able to predict the winning lottery numbers.
The only prognosticator I believe in…..the only prognosticator I pin my hopes and dreams on....the only prognosticator worth his weight in gold....is a groundhog.
You’ve probably heard of Punxsutawney Phil. The most famous groundhog of all, but I’d like to tell you about Phil’s cousin, Buckeye Chuck. Buckeye Chuck is a native of Marion, Ohio. He began predicting the arrival of Spring in the 1970s.
From late September until early April, Buckeye Chuck spends his time hibernating. On February 2, against his will, Chuck emerges from his sleep to predict the weather. In 1979, the Ohio legislature made Buckeye Chuck Ohio's official groundhog.
According to Ohio History Central, using groundhogs to predict the weather came from a long-held German belief if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2, six more weeks of winter will occur. In the United States, this tradition evolved into Ground Hog Day.
Generally, wild groundhogs live to only two years of age while domesticated ones commonly live to ten years of age. While groundhogs rarely live more than a decade, some people contend that Buckeye Chuck is the same groundhog that has predicted the weather for more than thirty years.
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