The Groundhog Day Groundhog Died… Well, Sort of

As if 2022 didn’t start strong enough with third world wars or Eurovision finals, now it goes and one of the marmots who predicts whether winter will last or not dies. Yeah, just like the one in the movie Caught in time. But hey, Phil hasn’t died, the one from the movie (who actually died a long time ago and they are putting others of the same name), but a distant relative in New Jersey named Mel. Yes, sorry for the memes. We tell you the details.

Caught in timeor rather, The Groundhog Day, is an excellent film that is already history and also made history a seemingly insignificant event.

The fact that Groundhog Day is celebrated in various parts of the United States and Canada.. In them, a specimen of this class of animals comes out of its burrow every February 2 and, if it sees its shadow and retreats back to said burrow, it means that there will be six more weeks of winter. If you don’t see her, this one will be over soon and we’ll be rejoicing in spring allergies.

The first occurs on sunny days and the second when it is cloudy, but. And if he dies just before the prediction, what?

Ukraine Mess-Sponsored Nuclear Winter? Ned Stark was right afterwards and I’m picking up the fork dragonglass?

That is what many in New Jersey wonder, because that is exactly what has happened to them. Mel the groundhog died just on the eve of the party

Mel the groundhog has died, not Phil the groundhog (it is important not to confuse them)

groundhog day celebration

Actually, I think many other things are important, but it must be made clear that Mel, the Milltown groundhog, has died in New Jersey.and not Phil the Groundhog by Punxsutawneythe small town in Pennsylvania where the action of the film takes place Caught in time.

The official announcement was made by Milltown Wranglers on his Facebook page, and it seems that they have not found a substitute because the other groundhogs are sleeping in hibernation.

That sounds like a joke, but no. The ad reads like this:

We Wranglers are sad to report that Milltown Mel recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Considering the average lifespan for a groundhog is about 3 years, that’s not a shock, but Mel left us at a rough time of year, when most of his fellow groundhogs are hibernating…so there won’t be any babies available to replace him. until this spring. We tried to get a stand-in everywhere but to no avail!

So, for now, in Milltown there will be no Groundhog Day this 2022 and we will have to wait until next year. However, with the coronavirus restrictions, it seems that the massive act was not going to be held either and only a group of men, full-fledged, would be attentive to what a marmot does when it comes out of its burrow.

Meanwhile, in the rest of the towns, it seems that the marmots are more or less alive and we will see what they say. And, above all, what does the umpteenth incarnation of Phil say in Punxsutawney, which is what he is really famous for.

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