Monday, February 2, 2009

Whistlepigs Are the Reason for the Season

It's Groundhog Day and the rodent whose behavior controls our weather has done his controlling, not only of the weather but of his human minions, who issued this overwrought statement on the official web site:

Hear Ye Hear Ye
On Gobbler's Knob this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2009
Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators
Awoke to the call of President Bill Cooper
And greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths
After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil proclaimed that his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were World Champions one more time
And a bright sky above me
Showed my shadow beside me.
So 6 more weeks of winter it will be.
That's just awful. I can't help but suspect the groundhog -- also called the whistlepig according to wikipedia -- is being used in a tawdry tourist-attraction scheme not of its making. This is how so many religious holidays play out.


Sis B said...

Gobbler's Knob?? Seriously??

Dale said...

Sis B, I hear you. That statement is truly cringe-worthy. It's going to take a long bath in irony to cleanse that one from the palate.