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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ground Hog Day

February 2 brings the most-watched weather forecast of the year—and the only one led by a rodent. Legend has it that on this morning, if a groundhog can see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its shadow, spring is on the way.

Since a groundhog hibernates for the winter, its coming out of the ground is a natural sign of spring. Germans who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s began keeping an eye on the groundhog. Due to the groundhog population, the rodent made a handy agent for this particular weather superstition.

In the 1880s some friends in Punxsutawney, Penn., went into the woods on Candlemas Day to look for groundhogs. This outing became a tradition, and a local newspaper editor nicknamed the seekers "the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club." Starting in 1887 the search became an official event centered on a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil. A ceremony still takes place every year.

Where:Across the United States

Super Bowl Sunday

Every NFL Football time wants to get to the "Party", The "Big Game", the Super Bowl! And, only one team leaves with the victory and a Super Bowl ring telling the world they are the greatest football team in the world.

And millions of people around the world hold attend the "Big Party". As a matter of fact, this is the second biggest snack day of the year. Second only to you guessed it New Years. So, sit down and tune in to the most watched game of the year. Even casual sports fans will take part. After all, watching the great ads are as much a part of the game as the game itself. Many spouses will readily admit they watch the superbowl just to see the ads.

Where:New Orleans, Louisiana