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These Groundhog Day Memes Perfectly Capture the Spirit of the Holiday

By Pippa Raga

Groundhog Day is right around the corner on February 2, which means that people all over America are wondering whether or not the freezing temperatures will stay for another six weeks if the rodent sees his shadow, or whether we can finally expect warmer temperatures and an early arrival of spring.

The strange tradition has been going on in America for hundreds of years because February 2 was thought to be the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. An ancient legend said that a sunny sky on that day signified a stormy and cold second half of winter, while a cloudy sky was supposed to mean the arrival of warm weather. Go figure!

Tradition also holds that there's only been one Punxsutawney Phil and that he'll be 132 years old tomorrow. Which kind of makes sense if you've seen Bill Murray in Groundhog Day — but groundhogs also have a life expectancy between 6-8 years, so you do the math.

Regardless of February 2nd's outcome, here are some enjoyable Groundhog Day memes you can laugh at, no matter the weather.

1. First things first.

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We should probably get the obvious out of the way.