Happy Marmot Day!

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  1. pinecone70

    pinecone70 New Member

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    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

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    The way things have been going I think the happy Lemming day is the first Tuesday in November.
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    Or would it be Dumb Sheep Day?
  4. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

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    First Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
  5. Terry_P

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    Yea I knew It was something like that but I was too lazy to dig into it.
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    She was affraid the Marmot would go to Russia and say I can see my shadow from here.
  7. red14

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    What exactly is a Marmot?
  8. pinecone70

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    Marmot looks a lot like a groundhog:

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    Thank you, kinda looks like a squirrel too.
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    So, it see's Sarah's shadow and runs away screaming? (Smart critter, that Marmot!)
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    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

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    Taste like chicken.
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    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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