Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is a quiet rural community ninety miles northeast of Pittsburgh, where routes 36 and 110 intersect. On February 2, all eyes are on this town, waiting for an unlikely critter to predict whether the second half of winter will be blustery or mild.
The legend of Punxsutawney Phil is tied in with the Native Americans, the German settlers, and the Roman Catholic tradition.
It was 1723 when the Delaware Indians settled in Punxsutawney. In their original creation belief, their forebears began life as animals in “Mother Earth” and emerged centuries later to hunt and live as men. Their legend of “Wojak, the groundhog” informs us that they consider this rodent to be their ancestral grandfather.

The Germans migrated into western Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They brought with them two traditions, Candlemas Day and mid-winter weather predicting, both celebrated February 2.
Candlemas day is the last Christmas celebration of the holiday season. According to Mosaic law, a woman giving birth to a son was unclean for forty days (if she birthed a daughter, she was unclean for eighty days). During her time of uncleanliness, she could not go to the Temple. When her time was spent, the mother took her baby and an offering to the Temple for a purification ceremony. Thus, Mary took Jesus to the Temple on February 2, where she redeemed her son and was purified by the prayer of Simeon the just in the presence of Anna the prophetess. In Christianity, this is known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, and they celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the temple (Leviticus 12:2-8; Numbers 18:15; Luke 2:22). It became a Candlemas tradition for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people, who placed a lit candle in each window of their home on this dark winter day.
The Candlemas tradition was accompanied by another tradition, told in this German ditty:
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.
Thus, if it the sun appeared on Candlemas day, the bear would cast a shadow, predicting six more weeks of blustery weather. For some unknown reason, the Germans replaced the bear in their tradition with the groundhog, another hibernating creature.
Other ditties were written for this day.
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
And from the United States:
If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.
Punxsutawney’s fame began on February 2, 1886, when the Clymer Freas, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, proclaimed: Today is groundhog and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow. The groundhog was given the name “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.” In his first performance, he did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. The following year, on his first official trip to Gobbler’s Knob, he did see his shadow. Last year, 2008. amidst fog and mist, a crowd booed as Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter.
The tradition of Punxsutawney Phil has spread across national lines. For example, in 1956 Wiarton Willie, in a town of Wiarton in Canada, made his appearance. Ontario has Gary the groundhog; Manitoba has Brandon Bob and Alberta has Balzac Billy. Nova Scotia has Schubenacadie Sam, who is the first groundhog to see (or not see) his shadow.
By the way, a groundhog’s a.k.a. is woodchuck. Which raises the question: How much would could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Answer to the riddle: A woodchuck could chuck 318 Kg. of wood if he could chuck wood.


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Joe Namath Biography

Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943) was an American football quarterback for the American Football League's New York Jets in the 1960s. He is best known for predicting his team's unlikely victory in the third AFL-NFL World Championship Game, over Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts (currently known as the Indianapolis Colts).

Namath was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and was a star player in football, as well as basketball and baseball, while in high school. When he graduated he received offers from six Major League Baseball teams, but decided instead to avail himself of one of the many offers from college football programs, and attended the University of Alabama, playing under coach Bear Bryant from 1962-65. During this period the Crimson Tide rose to become a national force in college football.

Despite having suffered a serious knee injury in his senior year, Namath was the number-one draft pick in the AFL the year he graduated from Alabama, and signed a contract with the AFL's New York Jets the day after starring in the Orange Bowl. This knee injury, which caused his knees to swell up with fluid and require periodic draining, plagued Namath for the rest of his career. On some occasions, Namath had to have his knee drained at halftime so that he could finish a game. Later in life, long after he left football, he had to have knee replacement surgery on both legs.

In the 1965 college draft, Namath was passed up by the NFL as "too expensive". Signed to the AFL's New York Jets team by Hall of Fame owner Sonny Werblin, Namath was the first pro quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season (1967). He was a three-time American Football League All-Star, although plagued with knee injuries through much of his career. Still, he produced many exceptional performances, one of which came in the 1968 AFL title game, when he threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27-23 win over the defending American Football League Champion Oakland Raiders. This 1968 season earned him the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year.

The apex of his career was almost certainly his role in the Jets' win over the Colts in the third AFL-NFL Championship Game. The Colts were touted as "the greatest football team in history". Former NFL star and coach Norm Van Brocklin ridiculed the AFL before the game, saying "This will be Namath's first professional football game." Writers from NFL cities insisted it would take the AFL several more years to be truly competitive with the NFL.

In the actual game, Namath showed that his success against tough American Football League competition had more than prepared him to take on the arrogant NFL. The Colts' once-vaunted defense was unable to contain the Jets' running or passing game, while their ineffective offense gave up four interceptions to the Jets. Namath was the game's MVP, completing eight passes to George Sauer alone, for 133 yards. Namath acquired legendary status for American Football League fans, as the symbol of their league's legitimacy and the patron saint of underdogs. He is a member of the Jets' all-time team, the All-time All-AFL Team and the American Football League Hall of Fame.

With Boston Patriots receiver Jim Colclough and NHL star Derek Sanderson, Namath opened a popular Upper East Side saloon in New York City called "Bachelors III," which quickly became frequented by social undesirables. To protect the league's reputation, the NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, ordered Namath to divest himself of his interest in the bar.

Namath reacted defiantly, retiring from football during a teary news conference. After missing most of training camp, Namath came out of retirement and reported to the then-World Champion Jets. At the same time, he announced that he was selling his interest in "Bachelors III".

Namath's nickname was "Broadway Joe"; he is sometimes called "Joe Willie Namath". He originated the fad of wearing a full-length fur coat on the sidelines, a habit which was adopted by many players after him. He still appears in advertising today (2003).

In December 2003 he gained notoriety, apparently after partaking of too much celebratory champagne at the Jets' announcement of their all-time team. During live ESPN coverage, he twice stated he wanted to kiss Suzy Kolber, the female interviewer. He has since apologized. Later, he publicly admitted to an alcohol problem, and is currently undergoing outpatient alcoholism treatment.

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Did Jack in the Box kill mascot Jack in Super Bowl ad?

News alert: Jack Box, the fictitious chief executive of Jack in the Box, is in critical condition after getting slammed by a bus today. His last words before the tragedy were “breakfast all day and burger.”

But is the iconic clown-head really dead?

That’s what the genius Jack in the Box marketing gurus will have us thinking after today’s Super Bowl. In a brilliant move, the San Diego-based burger chain kicked off the first of a series of commercials that question the fate of the beloved and hilarious Jack Box.

In the brief soap opera-inspired Super Bowl ad, Jack’s life hangs in the balance after he’s hit by a bus while crossing a street. At the time of the accident, Jack is discussing the chain’s “expansive” menu with another executive, Phil.

“I want to make sure the public knows they can get anything in our menu, anytime,” Jack says as walks across a busy street.

“For instance, breakfast all day, or maybe a burger…”

But, before he could finish his sentence, Jack is brutally hit by an orange and white bus. (I actually cringed when I saw it.)

“Hang in there Jack. It’s not that bad,” executive Phil lies to a critically injured Jack, whose head is visibly cracked in several spots like an egg.

The commercial ends with sirens blaring and a weepy woman holding what’s left of Jack’s tattered yellow cone-shaped hat. (shown, right)

As the cliffhanger ad fades to black, it displays this website: www.HangInThereJack.com. (CLICK HERE to view Jack in the Box’s news conference on Jack Box’s condition.)

My take: “OMG,” I shouted after previewing the commercial on Friday.

I’m heartbroken at the thought of Jack dying, yet again.

Remember, Jack’s speaker-box clown head was blown up in a 1980 commercial. But, in dramatic fashion, Jack came back to life in 1995. He’s now grown to be one of the most recognizable, if not funniest, fast-food mascots in the industry.

So, why kill off Jack?

Publicity, of course. Jack in the Box plans to drag out Jack’s bus bashing saga for weeks.

“The campaign will roll out over the next several weeks and will include….(more) television ads to keep Jack’s fans updated on his condition,” the company said. Besides the Hang In There Jack site, fans can get medical updates on his condition through Jack’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Warner named Payton award winner

The NFL announced Sunday that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has won its Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The honor was made before the start of Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where the Cardinals faced the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I am humbled the Lord has given me such an amazing life to impact others," Warner said. "Of all the awards given to NFL athletes, the Walter Payton Man of the Year is the one that stands out above the rest to me because of what it represents. When people look back at my career I want them to see a fierce competitor, but more importantly, I want to be remembered for my consistency of character."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Connie Payton, the wife of the late Chicago Bears running back, presented the award, the only league recognition that acknowledges a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

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Bruce Springsteen at the Super Bowl: Were you sold?

The National Football League announced in September that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would provide the halftime entertainment at today's Super Bowl. Last week, Springsteen released an album that surely warmed the hearts of NFL and NBC execs. His "Working on a Dream" is largely an upbeat and positive pop record -- one without any deep political implications and plenty of PG-safe proclamations of love.

In the post Nipplegate-era of halftime entertainment, that's just the way the NFL likes it. No risks, no surprises and nothing that's going to slow the momentum of one of the biggest rah-rah moments on American television. Oh, and keep the new stuff to a minimum.

Springsteen got in a couple verses of the title track off his album, but it was straight into "Glory Days" just as the crowd was warming up to the cut's gospel groove. When you have 12 minutes, better go keep them wanting more, especially when dabbling with the unfamiliar.

It was apparent that Springsteen and the E Street Band -- introduced as "booty-shaking" in a pre-taped reel of NFL personalities -- understood the game from the moment the performance started. "Step back from the guacamole dip," Springsteen yelled through gritted teeth. He then followed it up with this impassioned order: "Put! The! Chicken! Fingers! Doooowwwwwwwn!"

Love him or hate him, is this what we want from one of our most celebrated songwriters? Springsteen's always been at the very least an artist who's unafraid to tackle big topics. He shouldn't be faulted for trying to drum up some excitement for his new album, but is it necessary for him to have to deliver jokes for the NFL to do so?

Heading into the performance, the only major question was why Springsteen needed to sing in Tampa Bay today at all. The halftime show rakes in the viewers -- last year's Super Bowl was watched by a record 97.5 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research -- but it turns artists into pitchmen. In getting the spotlight for just 12 minutes, verses are dropped and melodies are clipped.

It's not a concert, but a teaser -- and it was, admittedly, an entertaining one -- for Springsteen's upcoming tour, which comes to the Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 15 (tickets, conveniently, on sale tomorrow morning). While Springsteen has been saying that there are few outlets for an artist of his age to promote his music these days, the Bruce Springsteen Business hasn't exactly been dipping. According to Billboard, Springsteen tallied the second-highest grossing tour of 2008, bringing in a total gross of more than $204 million.

But today's Super Bowl performance will net Springsteen a whole lot more than brisk ticket sales. In the days following his halftime performance last year, Tom Petty saw a 352% increase in digital track sales. The four songs performed today -- the set ended with "Glory Days" (you were expecting something else?) -- are surely rocketing up the iTunes sales chart as this quick reaction blog is being typed.

There was, however, plenty to like, and Springsteen is one of the world's most successful live performers for a reason. The set began when the band broke into the swinging "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," striking a communal vibe from the start. If the easy-going saxophone sway of the tune was a surprising way to begin, Springsteen punctuated every note with a high-five to a fan and wasn't above a little lyric-altering pandering -- "bust this city in half" became "bust this Super Bowl in half."

Indeed, when it comes to providing entertainment for big-time events, few are more fit for the job than the Boss. Fewer still can follow the likes of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- the artists who have been called upon to provide family-friendly entertainment since the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle of 2004.

In contrast to Petty's performance last year, Springsteen was more than eager to ham it up. The set ended with a gag-worthy shtick with Steven Van Zandt and a referee. When time was up, Springsteen egged the crowd on, suggesting the band play on and get taxed with an over-time penalty (ha!).

Yet every bad moment was tempered with something good. Springsteen showed off his agility, even if he couldn't stop himself from sliding straight into a cameraman between "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Born to Run." The look on Springsteen's face -- he was clearly struggling not to laugh -- seemed to imply the moment wasn't staged, which would be a true rarity in halftime gigs.

So yes, things got corny toward the end -- tradition or not, never again does Van Zandt need to declare that it's "Boss time" anywhere ever -- but Springsteen still largely fulfilled the goals he set out for himself. Speaking about the halftime performance in the New York Times, Springsteen said, “If you do it right, you should feel the tension of it wanting to spread beyond that time frame. But it can’t.”

And this was a moment to celebrate the crowd sing-along. Every lyric of a joyous rendition of "Born to Run" was hammered home with a fist-pump or a pyrotechnic display. "I wanna die with you Wendy," sang Springsteen, but he may as well have been cheerleading a punt return.

If "Glory Days," a song built for sports nostalgia, was an obvious choice for a set-ender -- "Born in the U.S.A." is too political a tune for the NFL -- Springsteen proved himself to be a rather excited salesman.

Give Springsteen credit. He was clearly enjoying the stage, although he misfired by changing the lyrics to "Glory Days," swapping out the dead-beat baseball player references for lame nods to football. But this was a Springsteen clearly caught up in the advertising-driven spectacle of the Super Bowl, and completely unashamed about all of it.

His performance ended not with a statement -- but a sales pitch: "I'm going to Disneyland!"

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tn.govt.com | Online Registration for Accounts Officer Recruitment Examination 2009 | Government of Tamil Nadu Accounts Officer Recruitment Exam 2009

tn.govt.com | Online Registration for Accounts Officer Recruitment Examination – 2009 | Government of Tamil Nadu Accounts Officer Recruitment Examination – 2009

Tamil Nadu Accounts Officer Recruitment Examination – 2009 details and important aspects.


Candidates can either submit their applications online or through applications obtained from the Commission’s Office/Head Post Offices.

Fees : Rs.155/- (Rs. 125 - Examination Fee + Rs. 30 - Application Fee)

Last date: The candidates can register their particulars online till 5.45 P.M. on 09.02.2009. They will have to generate the printout of the filled-up application form by clicking 'YES, Generate Online Application Form' button, paste one recent passport size photograph, affix the Postal Receipt towards the Examination Fee and Application Fee, affix the signature and send it to the Commission’s Office on or before 11.02.2009 - 5.45 P.M.

Before taking the printout of the Application Form, make sure that both Top and Bottom margins of the print area will have only 3 mm. (This can be adjusted using File->Page Setup option of the browser.).

The candidates who apply online will Superscribe “ONLINE APPLICATION - Accounts Officer Recruitment Examination” on the envelope before despatching to the following address:

The Controller of Examinations
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission
Omanthoorar Government Estate
Anna Salai
CHENNAI - 600 002

The fee should be paid only through Postal Receipt obtained from any one of the Post Offices or Sub-Post Offices.

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Roland Emmerich's 2012 Viral - Institute for Human Continuity

2012 is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film has an ensemble cast, including John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures. Filming began in August 2008 in Vancouver. 2012 is scheduled to be released on November 13, 2009.


Director Roland Emmerich and composer-producer Harald Kloser co-wrote a spec script titled 2012, which was marketed to major studios in February 2008. Nearly all studios met with Emmerich and his representatives to hear the director's budget projection and story plans, a process that the director had previously gone through with the films Independence Day (1996) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004). The film was shopped around with a production budget of $200 million.Later in the month of February, Sony Pictures Entertainment won over other studios the bid for the spec script and will distribute it under Columbia Pictures. The studio plans to make the film for less than the estimated budget.

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in Los Angeles, California, in July 2008, but instead commenced in Vancouver in August 2008.Due to the possible 2008 Screen Actors Guild strike, filmmakers set up a contingency plan for salvaging the film. Sony Pictures Imageworks was hired to create visual effects for 2012.


* John Cusack as Jackson Curtis, a divorced writer who occasionally works as a limousine driver.
* Amanda Peet as Kate, Jackson's ex-wife.
* Thomas McCarthy as Gordon, Kate's current boyfriend and a plastic surgeon.
* Danny Glover as President Wilson, the President of the United States.
* Thandie Newton as Laura Wilson, the First Daughter.
* Oliver Platt as Carl Anheuser, the President's Chief of Staff.
* Chiwetel Ejiofor as Adrian Helmsley, scientific adviser to the President.
* Woody Harrelson as a man who prophesies the end of the world and is considered crazy by others. Harrelson compared his character to the mythological Greek figure Cassandra, whose predictions were dismissed.
* Ng Chin Han as Lin Pang, a worker in Tibet.
* Morgan Lily as Lilly Curtis, Jackson and Kate's daughter.


The studio released a teaser trailer for 2012 that showed a tsunami coming over the Himalayas and interlaced a message about the world's governments not preparing its population for the end of the world. The trailer ended with a message to viewers to "find out the truth" by searching on Google for "2012". The Guardian criticized the marketing approach as "deeply flawed" since the film was not mentioned among the first few search engine results.The studio also launched a viral website published by the fictional organization Institute for Human Continuity where visitors could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from global destruction.Indirect Marketing is also provided for this movie through the large amount of 2012 fearmongering sites as well as satirical sites like Geddon Gear.


2012 was originally scheduled to be released on July 10, 2009. The release date was changed to November 13, 2009 to move out of the busy summer schedule into a time frame that the studio considered to have more potential for success. According to the studio, the film could have been completed for the summer release date, but the date change will give the film more time in the post-production process to complete visual effects.

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