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January 31, 2006

Air America's Groundhog Day / State of the Union joke

Air America Radio is famous for something! Namely, this "joke":
This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day.

As Air America Radio pointed out, "It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication while the other involves a groundhog."
This is a fairly widespread "joke", and it appears on a large number of not just blogs but splogs as well. Note that some of those are recent, but this same "joke" was posted to a lot of blogs a year ago.

Here it is from 2/13/05 in comment #13 at Al Franken's blog. In that case, it's missing the "Air America Radio pointed out" bit. And, he says he got it in email. But, the earliest according to technorati - take it with a grain of salt - is from this blog which has the AAR attribution and is from 2/2/2005.

While similar urban myths do have attributions (such as, "Paul Harvey said", or "George Carlin writes"), the AAR attribution in this case seems a bit gratuitous. It's not really necessary for the joke and, in fact, it serves as a bit of viral marketing for that company. We congratulate AAR for whatever input they had on this viral marketing plan. Perhaps they can take that up as an alternative just in case.

Posted in Meta at January 31, 2006 01:18 PM


Thanks for the joke. I hadn't seen it on Air America, but now that I have seen it here, I can send it to my friends.

Posted by: Steve at January 31, 2006 04:06 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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