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A salute to our local groundhog

February 1, 2010

Rocky took this snapshot of the local woodchuck (aka groundhog) in his backyard last summer.

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. Since there’s no chance that any sensible critter will emerge through the snow and ice, Rocky offers a “shout-out” to the cute fellow alternatively known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, land beaver, and Marmota monax. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog

[Disclosure: The groundhog is one of the few species that enters into a state of true hibernation. As Rocky’s daughter watched the too-loud Grammy Awards last night, Rocky went to bed and wished he could hibernate like a groundhog.]

  1. alilyartist
    February 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Interesting little creatures….

  2. February 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Alily: Thank you for visiting and commenting. Rocky enjoyed visiting your blog, and he hopes you have the chance to visit the lands mentioned in your “about me” page — and especially your special dream………

  3. February 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I saw the title to this post and was hoping that Rocky was going to tell me how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. (I always thought the answer was zero.)

    • February 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Rocky doesn’t know the answer. However, Trophy Wife will affirm that the woodchuck will eat any and all plants in her perennial, vegetable, herb and butterfly gardens.

      And, Wikipedia says that woodchucks burrow through 35 cu ft. of dirt (710lb) when digging a burrow. (Think “Caddyshack.”)

  4. masteroftheuniverse
    February 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Type it into Wolfram Alpha, http://www.wolframalpha.com/ and the answer will surprise you….At least id did for me several months ago when I was glued to alpha.

  5. February 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Rocky, thank you for visiting my blog it is my pleasure to visit yours – Living here in Perth , the most isolated capital city in the world, we seem to get very limited and one sided views of the rest of the world ( Here they are jumping for joy that a certain POTUS is coming down-under next month – YAWN (: )so getting a different perspective balances the equation.

  6. February 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    So are you going to have an early spring ?
    – Alix

  7. kim
    February 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Or, for weapons scientists:

    “How much heat would a heat-seeking missile seek, when a heat-seeking missile seeks heat?”

  8. kim
    February 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    OK since heat energy (kcal) was not the correct parameter;

    “How much infrared photon flux density would a heat-seeking missile seek…”

    Dave does this generalize: How much X would f(X) F, assuming f(X) could f(x)

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