5 Facts About Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day! Here are 5 facts to quench your obvious thirst to learn more about it.

  • This mercurial marmot is referred to by several names, including chuck, wood-shock, thickwood badger, and our favorite, whistlepig.  
  • In Quebec, the day is called Jour de la Marmotte. Sounds more distinguished in French, no?  
  • Did the movie Goundhog Day actually come out on Groundhog Day? Sadly, no. The movie was released on February 12, 1993. What’s up with that?  
  • Although he’s clearly got the most charisma, Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only rodent prognosticator out there. He’s got competition in the U.S. and Canada, including Staten Island Chuck, General Beauregard Lee of Lilburn, Wiarton Willie, and Shubenacadie Sam.  
  • The first “official” Groundhog Day was in 1887. Real quick – who was the U.S. President in 1887? Grover Cleveland (in the first of his non-consecutive terms). G for Groundhog Day, G for Grover Cleveland. That’s how you’ll remember this fun fact in the future.  

Happy Groundhog Day, folks!  


Article written by Andy Pillifant

Andy Pillifant
As a copywriter, Andy is one of the voices of WorldStrides. A linguistic chameleon, he writers about, well, everything, Favorite topics are culture, human nature, and soccer (which is about culture and human nature, don't you think?). He loves camping, hats, his wife and three sons.
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