Maeglin (maeglin73) wrote,

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On Groundhog Day

Did the groundhog actually see his shadow? How do you know? If the only evidence is that he ran back into his "burrow" (read: human-built stump with a door), then you shouldn't rule out alternate explanations.

Alternate 1 - The observer effect

It's a fact. Sometimes, the thing being observed will change its behavior due to the fact that it's being observed. If you woke up and stepped outside to see a crowd of 40,000 people staring at you, you'd run back inside too.

Alternate 2 - It's cooooooooold outside

'Nuff said.

In conclusion...

Critter shadow or not, we in the northern hemisphere still have around 6 weeks until winter officially ends. How cold it will be depends on where you live and which way the air is flowing.
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