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Groundhog Day/Super Bowl links

Groundhog Day, Candlemas and weather predictions. Related: Where Did Groundhog Day Come From? 

Don’t like what the groundhog has to say about how long winter will last? You’re in luck: Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39% of the time since 1887.

Jonah Goldberg’s classic Groundhog Day column.

8 years? 34 years? How long was Bill Murray stuck in Groundhog Day?

How to Write Groundhog Day by… the writer of Groundhog Day.

As Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell take off down the street once Groundhog Day has ended, Nat “King” Cole is singing Almost Like Being In Love – here’s Mark Steyn with a history of that song.

Some Super Bowl reading:

Life magazine archive of photos from Super Bowl 1.

An Animated Guide To American Football For Liberals, Ladies and Limeys.

Super Bowl stadiums made from meat.

Football during WWII, when almost all able-bodied men joined the military: The combined Steelers/Eagles team called the Steagles.

Were footballs ever actually made of pigskin?

The Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots: The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers.

ICYMI, Thursday’s links are here, and include beer, wine and whiskey pairings for all those Girl Scout cookies you’re buying, illustrated fitness tips from 1900, some February links (pagan Roman purification (februa = purify) and Mary’s purification 40 days after the birth of Christ), and recreating ancient recipes. 

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