Skip the Groundhog Day party: Fred dies in his

Yesterday, February 2, is No Groundhog Day in Canada, the day traditionally dedicated to the North American holiday. In Canada and the United States, in fact, the metaphorical awakening of a monax marmot, “guess” how long will winter still last and how long will it last. It’s a tradition that has no scientific side of course, but is followed by many enthusiasts this year, who was orphaned this year by Fred, the famous Val-d’Espoir rodent, who was found dead in his lair.

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He was nine years old and could have died in late fall or early December, according to the organizers.

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According to tradition, if the woodchuck comes out of its shelter and cannot see its shadow because it is cloudy, winter will soon be over. On the other hand, if it sees its shadow because it is a beautiful day, winter will be six weeks longer. So yesterday, when hundreds of people and TV crews went to Val-d’Espoir, Quebec, after forty minutes of singing and dancing a few meters from Fred’s shelter, the organizers began to suspect that the woodchuck was not coming out. from Discovery after a checkup: Fred was dead.

The tradition is more than a century old but thanks to Hollywood it has become a cult appointment. Groundhog Day gained worldwide fame with the ’93 film Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a cynical weather reporter who finds himself reliving the same day almost endlessly. The mole in the movie was Punxsutawney Phil, named after the town of Punxsutawney, southern Pennsylvania, where the story takes place. It’s been years since the movie’s Phil died, but the heirs, all of whom are clearly named Phil, continue to make their guesses. This year’s project included six more weeks of winter.

Phil predicts the weather on Groundhog Day

Source: Today IT

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