February 2nd, and its impact on our culture

February 2, 2015

A new meme has swept through the comic strips today: eating sausage on Feb. 2nd: Ground Hog Day. Blame it on tiny text screens or auto correct, likely.

A bit of black humour on the calendar’s jokiest day isn’t amiss, it’s just a different approach from the usual trite Groundhog Day gag such as:

“What happens if the groundhog sees a maple leaf?”
“Six more weeks of dull hockey.”

Or this rather obscure B.C. effort on Feb. 2, 2015:


This morning there’s actually a live feed from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania as the sun rises. But it’s the usual assortment of aging men hogging the microphone while clad in funny hats and ill-fitting ceremonial coats. No sign of the rodent yet.

Groundhog Day is a great fuss about nothing. Likely that’s why the jokes are so lame. And as for Phil, or Chuck, or whatever the locals have named their marmot? It’s a pretty good gig: free food, no coyotes, and no risk whatever of seeing a shadow this snowy February morning.

UPDATE: 10:29 p.m.

Priceless. This marmot had had enough of the whole stupid business:



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