He’s Having the Worst Day of His Life… Over, and Over

February 2, 2010

That’s right it’s …. Groundhog Day!!! 

Today, marks the 122nd time that people from around the United States and even some international entities have traveled the 65 miles North of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a small hamlet named Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  It is here on February 2, that the members of the Inner Circle meet with Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticator of prognosticators, as he predicts the future weather of our fair country. Phil, the local celebrity, official weather groundhog emerges from his electronically heated burrow and speaks in “groundhogese,” (the official language of the groundhog) and informs the crowd “weather” or not he has seen his shadow.  If Phil sees his shadow it means that there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow it means that Spring is coming soon. Now note to selves… Phil sees his shadow 90% of the time, therefore, it is typical that we will have six more weeks of winter. 

Punxsutawney Phil Making his 2010 Appearance

Groundhog’s Day as a tradition dates back to the Germans who attempted to determine how long winter was going to last by studying the hibernation patterns of bears.  Eventually, when a massive influx of Germans migrated to the United States and Pennsylvania in particular these people switched from bears to groundhogs, which also happen to be animals that hibernate.  According to the National Climatic Data Center, Punxsutawney Phil has only been accurate 39% of the time; however, true believers know the truth, Phil is never wrong.  

Interestingly enough, did you know that Punxsutawney’s tradition has created “rival” gangs of animals who believe they can out prognosticate the official weather animal.  Examples are such as Staten Island Chuck… Are you kidding me!? Staten Island Chuck!? WTF!? This poser of a groundhog, has only been around since the 1980’s, but at least he’s got his agenda correct for he only officially prognosticates for New York City! Plus, it appears that Staten Island Chuck wants to continue to Pennsylvania/New York rivalry by constantly counterpredicting Phil! I only really wonder if his “groundhogese” is still spoken with a Staten Island accent? 

  

Mayor Bloomberg with Staten Island Chuck

Also, did you know that other portions of the country have their own “Groundhog?”  For example, Texas has a prognosticating Armadillo? His name is Armadillo Bee Cave Bob? Here’s a picture of him:  

 

Photos from Armadillo Day 

Here are some other random facts from the Huffington Post

1. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, has not seen it 15 times, and nine years are unaccounted for. 

2. According to the funny website groundhog.org, there’s a legend that during Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn’t allowed a drink. 

3. In the years following the release of Groundhog Day, a 1993 film starring Bill Murray, crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney where the ceremony takes place. 

4. Though groundhogs typically live only six to eight years, Groundhog Day lore suggests that Phil drinks a magic elixir every summer, which gives him seven more years of life.

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