It’s cold outside, and sometimes we wish that Spring would come a little faster. But really, what would we do without February? We would be missing out on so much:
Today is Groundhog Day, adopted in the United States because of a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, which in turn was carried over from the European tradition of Candlemas. Apparently, if the groundhog sees his shadow today we are in for 6 more weeks of winter. Personally, I hope he doesn’t notice.
Did you know that Elmo from Sesame Street has a birthday on February 3rd?
Over 111 million people will be watching. Many people watch the game for the football, and others watch for the commercials.
Nintendo is fielding a commercial for its new console out in March: the Nintendo Switch. Google will be showing us Google Home. Comedian Melissa McCarthy will star in a commercial for Kia, and Justin Timberlake will be advertising for Bai drinks… in addition to many, many others, of course. After the game, let us know in the comments what your favorite one was.
Other exciting things that have happened in February:
- The Monopoly board game originally went on sale on February 6th, 1935.
- Hershey’s Chocolate was founded on February 9th, 1894.
- February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which is quite a popular day to get married. And if you, like many others, prefer not to celebrate that holiday, the 14th is also Ferris Wheel day, and Ferris Wheels aren’t prone to public displays of affection, so that would be a pretty safe one to look forward to.
- The toothpick was patented on February 20th, and hey, if you don’t like toothpicks, you could also celebrate President’s Day.
- On February 26, people in South America and Africa will get to see an Annular Solar Eclipse (the moon will pass in front of the sun, but a “ring of fire” will still show around it).
- Finally, February 27th is International Polar Bear day.
So, hey… let’s forget the cold and get out there and celebrate. And if you want to know more, drop by WikiAnswers for some nice, toasty answers.