This Day in History: Punxsutawney Phil
February 2, 1887, the first Groundhog Day was celebrated. The idea was that if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter.
This spawned a craze of using critters as predictors, many of them rather pointless.
If Ursula Ox swatted her tail on April 1, there would be fifteen more days before taxes were due;
if Candide Cat licked her fur on August 14th, no one in the US would care who was Prime Minister of Canada;
and if Boston Beagle slept most of the day on October 8th, he would be fairly energetic on October 9th.
For a beagle, anyway.