Groundhog Day – Six More Weeks of Winter (not so fast)

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day – Hello Phil

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most pampered rodent, will soon be pulled from his lair to determine if we will have a speedy spring or more grey winter. Not so fast I say. This vermin has seen his shadow on 102 occasions and failed to see a shadow just 17 times. I smell a rat…

Who is this Punxsutawney Phil anyway and why should anyone outside of Punxsutawney care? First off, who names a rodent Phil? Phil lives in a climate controlled room in the town’s library. Once a year – you guessed it, Groundhog Day – Phil is temporarily relocated to a heated burrow under a faux tree stump on Gobbler’s Knob. At 7:25 he is presented to the crowd and gives his handlers the bad news.

Simply put, Phil can’t be trusted. He has no stake in the game he presides over. Living in a cushy hut in the local library, he is immune to the elements. What does he care? Apparently he cares little about accuracy and it is his overwhelming tendency to damn us all to an extended cold snap. Phil’s accuracy rate is somewhere around 33% which is reasonably better than your local weather guy or gal and certainly better than Al Roker. Punxsutawney residents will tell you that Phil is always right but they will also tell you that Phil is over 100 years old. For the record, groundhogs live for about six years in the wild. Somewhere in Punxsutawney there is a back yard with a dozen plus patches of dead grass. Let’s dig another hole…

Get the last word. Here is a lovely recipe for Groundhog Stew.

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