Groundhog Day is more than just an excellent Bill Murray movie, believe it or not. While most people just ignore February 2 as another miserable winter day, a furry little rodent is hard at work trying to figure out when spring will come. And by hard at work, I mean he crawls out of a hole.
Believe it or not, Groundhog Day celebrations have taken place since the 1800s. The first documented American reference to the holiday was found in a diary entry dated February 4, 1841 from Morgantown, Pennsylvania storekeeper James Morris.
It read, “Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”
While there are many groundhogs who are monitored, Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania is one of the most famous. And guess what? Good old Phil says to expect an early spring in 2016! You could also flip a coin and get an equally accurate prediction, but let’s trust the little guy this time.
Check out some of the best Groundhog Day memes and funny photos below.