Happy Groundhog Day! The day when gobs of otherwise sane people gather in the cold, awaiting that magical moment when a quaintly garbed gentleman pulls a bleary eyed rodent from its burrow in order to prognosticate if there will be an early spring or not.
I first discovered this quirky day back in high school when I spent copious amounts of time searching the Celestial Warehouse for esoteric facts and funny animal videos.
The first thing I thought of, upon seeing the rodent-themed festivities, was how the event wouldn’t be nearly as popular if the animal to be rousted was somewhat bigger—like a bear.
The second thing I thought of was how fun it would be to add a similar day to the official calendar of Cratersville even though we didn’t need to inconvenience a rodent in order to know what the weather would be in the spring, since our climate was programmed years in advance.
Of course, my calendric manipulations never went off without some kind of hitch.
Thus, when the big day came, and the townsfolk were gathered around a crater where I had arranged for a small, rodent-like creature to emerge and prognosticate whether spring would arrive as planned or not, they were more than a little surprised to see the bear that I had mused about earlier make an unscripted appearance instead.
It was kind of funny to see how fast people could run when there was a big bear after them. It was even funnier that they weren’t all that mad at the mixup. In fact, they couldn’t wait to do it again the following year—this time without the rodent, and perhaps with the addition of a small obstacle course…
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures