Groundhog Day and Other Weird News

Punxsutawney Phil (the only one not wearing a top hat) did not see his shadow this year.

Straight from Gobbler’s Knob this morning, the world’s most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring! The winter-weary, including those impacted by this week’s blizzard, are probably rejoicing at the news – that is, if you put any stock in the forecast of a rodent.

However, there are some out there savoring what’s left of this bitterly cold season. Just a few hours east of Punxsutawney in Williamsport, PA, The Salvation Army held its Second Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. About 100 brave souls dove in to the icy Susquehanna River, and 500 more shivered as they watched from the banks. Some of the plungers even came in costume, reportedly dressed for dunking in prom gowns, tuxedo garb, and even a buffalo headdress.

The first participants of the Polar Plunge leap for the open water of the Susquehanna River. (Photo and Caption: RASHELLE CAREY/Sun-Gazette)

Weird? Absolutely, but it was all for a good cause. The local Salvation Army says they raised more than $5,000 as a result of the Polar Bear Plunge, which will go to support community programs, especially those benefiting youth.

Fun fact for the Day: Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it 16 times since 1887.

One Comment on “Groundhog Day and Other Weird News

  1. Hi, I jumped over to your webpage via Pinterest. Not some thing I commonly read through, but I enjoy your thoughts none the less. Thanks a ton for composing something worthy of reading!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>