Growing up we always celebrated Groundhog’s Day not because of that furry marmot but because it was my brother’s birthday. Happy birthday bro!
We probably thought about Feb. 2 more than most because of the coincidence of the day but in later years living in warmer climes, not so much.
I woke up thinking about Punxsutawney Phil today. What does he do the rest of year? Hibernate? Fornicate? Watch reruns of that quirky movie with Bill Murray?
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Groundhog Day is like Halloween for men who like to wear black top hats. They are know as the Inner Circle who call the shots. Why are there no women in the Inner Circle? Maybe wearing black top hats and getting up in the wee hours of a cold morning in the middle of winter to judge a marmot is just not a girl thing.
If you believe there is only one Punxsutawney Phil then you probably believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.
This will be Punxsutawney Phil’s 127th prediction. According to the official Groundhog Day website, Phil has 100% accuracy. In 2012 Phil saw his shadow or six more weeks of winter.
You can watch Phil come out starting at 5:45 a.m. EST (FlashPlayer required)
Is anyone keeping score? Apparently so, According to Stormfax.com, Punxsutawney Phil has only been correct approximately 39% of the time. Phil has seen his shadow nearly 87% of the time, so the odds are for six more weeks of winter.
When not huddled in his Gobbler’s Knob hole waiting for burly bearded men wearing top hats to pick him up and present him to the world, Phil weighs 15 pounds and thrives on dog food and ice cream in his climate-controlled home at the Punxsutawney Library. I hope the dog food is not made in China.
Happy Groundhog’s Day 2013!
(photo: courtesy Tucson Citizen)