Friday, January 20, 2012


Here's an excuse to take time out from your application to SAIS Bologna and to participate in ... a quiz.

If you speak English during this celebration, you have to pay a penalty in the form of a coin per word spoken.

What is the name of this celebration and what does it signify?

To answer, submit a comment at the bottom of this post.

The winner gets a SAIS Bologna tee shirt.

(See the comments to learn the answer and to see who won the prize.)

Nelson Graves


Shawn said...

Groundhog day

In southeastern Pennsylvania, if you speak English instead of a Pennsylvania German dialect, you have to pay a coin per word, usually by putting it into a bowl in the center of the table.

The celebration is a tradition that signifies whether winter will last for six more weeks or not depending on if the groundhog that emerges from his burrow sees his shadow and retreats back in!

Nelson Graves said...

Congratulations, Shawn. Yes, we were referring to Grounghog Day, which falls on February 2 and is celebrated in parts of the U.S. and Canada. The next question: Will the groundhog see its shadow this year?

Shawn - Send your tee shirt size and your address to, and it's on its way.