WATCH: The 5 Worst Groundhog Day Fails Since 1887

Who does Punxsutawney Phil think he is?

In case you hadn't heard, the groundhog saw his shadow and we have to wait six more weeks for spring. Forget man-made global warming, who knew these pudgy rodents have been controlling the weather all along?

It seems like a pretty straightforward "holiday" --- you pull the groundhog out and hold it up like Mufasa's showing of Simba in The Lion King, then put it back in its box and break out the calendar to start your vacation planning.

But there have been some fails since the tradition started in 1887.

Here are a few:

  1. Bill de Blasi-OHHH!
  2. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Staten Island Chuck and, get this, the groundhog died shortly after! Probably a coincidence, right?

    Well, the coverup is always worse than the crime --- they tried to sweep it under the rug and pass off Chuck's girlfriend Charlotte as Chuck.

    Bad move.

    This year, Bill decided it was probably better just to skip the event altogether.

  3. Hungry-hungry groundhog.
  4. Sun Prairie Mayor Jonathan Freund got more than he bargained for when Jimmy took a nibble on his ear in 2015.

    Maybe next time he'll wear ear muffs.

  5. Curses!
  6. When Mayor Bloomberg reached into the cage of Staten Island Chuck in 2009, he received a sharp bite on the hand and reacted by cursing the rodent out on live TV.

    Ouch.

  7. Essex Ed Sleeps In
  8. We've all been there. You've been gearing up for a big day at work and either stay up too late the night before, or your alarm clock malfunctions and you end up missing the meeting you'd been preparing for.

    That's apparently what happened to Essex Ed in 2016, but we can't be too hard on the groundhog.

    Thankfully, Otis the Hedgehog stepped up and filled in. You can watch this clip of the Essex Groundhog Day Parade below, but just a heads up, you won't find Essex Ed anywhere.

  9. Groundhog Day PSA
  10. They might look cute while the mayor of Anytown, USA holds them up to prognosticate the upcoming weather, but beware if you cross one in the wild.

    You might want to pick it up and give it a hug, but these rodents can be quite vicious.

    Don't believe it?

    Watch this clip of a local news broadcast where a man was chased through his yard and into his home.

With all the fails on this weird holiday, thankfully, Bill Murray made it all ok.

Enjoy the clip below and maybe the six more weeks of winter won't be so bad.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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