Happy Marmot Day!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pinecone70, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    This is a day early, but it's just so funny.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska now has its own version of Groundhog Day.

    Then-Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill last year to make every Feb. 2 Marmot Day in Alaska.

    The bill was introduced by Sen. Linda Menard, a Wasilla Republican.

    Because there are no groundhogs in Alaska, Menard says it made sense for the ground squirrel to become Alaska's version of Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog famed for his winter weather forecasts.

    Menard's bill didn't give marmots any weather forecasting duties, but she hopes the state will create educational activities around the animal.
     
  2. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    NH
    The way things have been going I think the happy Lemming day is the first Tuesday in November.
     

  3. Or would it be Dumb Sheep Day?
     
  4. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Colorado
    First Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
     
  5. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    NH
    Yea I knew It was something like that but I was too lazy to dig into it.
     
  6. JUNKKING

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    She was affraid the Marmot would go to Russia and say I can see my shadow from here.
     
  7. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    What exactly is a Marmot?
     
  8. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Marmot looks a lot like a groundhog:
     

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  9. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Thank you, kinda looks like a squirrel too.
     
  10. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    So, it see's Sarah's shadow and runs away screaming? (Smart critter, that Marmot!)
     
  11. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    872
    Aug 28, 2008
    Near Fairbanks
    Well. it's a balmy -20F here in Fairbanks this morning.
    I didn't see any marmots out and about. Have heard
    that they are tasty when roasted over an open fire.
     
  12. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    NH
    Taste like chicken.
     
  13. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    So since when is there not six more weeks of winter in Alaska?? And isnt another name for the Marmot a "Target"?
     
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