It was only about ten years ago that I learned that hedgehogs and porcupines were different animals. After all, they are not native to America. Now thanks to YouTube, hedgehogs are a lot more familiar, but there’s still much to learn. In Europe long ago, they were the spring weather forecasters, but when Germans immigrated to America, there were no hedgehogs to be found. So the American groundhog was enlisted to announce when spring arrived instead. Neccessity is the mother of invention, you know, even when it's a tradition that evolves into something as silly as an animal seeing its shadow. That’s the kind of fun fact you’ll learn in this list from mental_floss.
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