Groundhog Day, Lady Gaga and a Soldier's Return
February 2nd is a sacred day, as you well know, when winter weary people turn to a groundhog in the search for hope that spring is near. It makes one wonder how bad winter must have been in 1886 that someone on February 1 thought, "Hey, if the groundhog doesn't see its shadow tomorrow, spring comes six weeks early!"
On February 2, 1886, Punxsutawney Spirit editor Clymer Freas, "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." And thus, an American tradition began. Of course, what started here in Pennsylvania German country has origins in Europe, so it began long before Punxsutawney Phil. No one is exactly certain how it started, but some associate it to a poem:
As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop
By the way, legend says the Germans watched for a badger to see its shadow, although I could find no reference to the Berlin Badger in the history books. For what it's worth, Punxsutawney Phil did see a shadow today, so six more weeks of winter. Guess we'll be making up for lost time.
Rod Parsley may not be a name familiar to you, but he's trending this morning because of Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos quarterback canceled an appearance at a revival organized by the Ohio televangelist. See, Parsley is a bit of a controversial preacher. Parsley teaches that God wants the faithful to be rich. He once asked followers to donate more than $1 million to ward off satanic attacks. The people arranged for Tebow's public appearances apparently did not research Parsley before accepting the invitation, his brother says.
Three deaths made news in the last 24 hours. The great boxing trainer Angelo Dundee died at 90. Dundee was training boxers up to his death, but he is most famous for being in Muhammad Ali's corner for all those legendary fights. It may have been the greatest marriage in boxing history…. Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius took his own life at the age of 75. Cornelius was discovered while working as a police officer in Chicago when he pulled over a radio executive in a traffic stop. In 1970, Soul Train launched as a local program, but over the next few years went national became the show everyone in Motown wanted to be on every Saturday morning…. And the artist Mike Kelly apparently also took his own life at the age of 57. The Detroit native rose to fame in the 1980s for his macabre multimedia artworks. One of his signature works, More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid, featured stuffed animals, discarded toys and blankets strewn across a canvas. Kelly established himself as a major figure in the art world in 1993 with his exhibit, Catholic Tastes at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
#19MillionWereBornThisWay is a hot trend on Twitter because Lady Gaga is closing in on 19-million followers (18,750,000 as of this writing).
From YouTube comes a soulful performance of Adele's "Someone Like You" at the 86th Street subway stop.
Then there's a drive-thru prank that leaves everyone happy!
The trending pre-Super Bowl commercial of the day is for the "re-invented" Toyota Camry.
Right out of Star Wars, a team at the University of Penn is experimenting with nano quadrotors.
Finally, a happy video that might bring a tear to your eye.
That's the trend!
Have a great day,