1. Hibernating For Real
Groundhogs are one of the few animals that are “true hibernators.” They get to eating all summer and fatten up enough that they can take a 3 month slumber during the cold winter months. While in hibernation mode, a groundhog’s body temperature can drop from a high of 99 degrees to as low as 37 degrees. Their heart rates while hibernating slows from 80 beats per minute to 5 and they also only take about 2 breaths per minute during this time. With that said we wonder why they wake up this little guy from his awesome nap. It’s like waking up a sleepwalker – you’re just not supposed to do it. There must be some PETA activist planning a kidnapping somewhere.
2. A Shadow Is A Safe Bet
Punxsutawney Phil has been pulled out of hibernation since 1887! Yeah that is a long time to be counting on a rodent. Well technically not the same rodent, but we digress. Since 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 102 times, not seen his shadow 17 times, and somehow 9 times he either got out of this ridiculous tradition, or someone really dropped the ball… And yes this year he saw his shadow so we are supposed to get 6 more weeks of winter, but it just so happens that Phil, unlike his shadow, is not the smart bet in Vegas. Only 39% of the time, he’s right every time.
3. Groundhog Day (The Movie)
We can’t end the secrets without mentioning Groundhog Day the movie. This is one of the many gems Harold Ramis (RIP) put together with his good friend Bill Murray. It’s the movie that Bill Murray keeps reliving the same day over and over again. The same day which is none other than Groundhog Day. The fun fact isn’t about how awesome the movie is, or how great these two comedic geniuses were throughout their whole career. No, it is simply the fact that the filming of the movie took place nowhere near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If you ever visit this town – we’re not really sure why you would – it will look nothing like the movie. Ramis chose to film the movie somewhere much closer to where he and Bill grew up. Which is obviously none other than Chicago, Illinois. The filming actually took place about 60 miles northwest of the city in Woodstock, IL. This being such an exciting thing to happen to Woodstock they now have their own yearly Groundhog Day celebration, complete with their weather-predicting rodent, Woodstock Willie.