Last updated on November 15, 2019 at 02:36 pm
This Saturday, the day before the big game, is Groundhog Day. For many, it may pass without notice; for some, it is a reason to watch a classic Bill Murray film from 1993; and for thousands of others, it is a time-honored tradition celebrated at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.
Each year, the mighty Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his hollow to the hushed excitement of thousands of eager onlookers all enjoying an entire weekend of Groundhog Day activities. In honor of the mighty Phil, we decided to highlight seven fun facts about Ground Hog Day and Phil’s magical weather predicting abilities.
#1. The National Climatic Data Center states that Phil’s predictions have been correct 40 percent of the time. Phil’s club adamantly disagrees and states with authority that his predictions have been accurate 100 percent of the time.
#2. Every summer, Phil drinks a magic elixir that gives him seven more years of life.
#3. The very first celebrants of Groundhog Day were the Pennsylvania Dutch, who saw the occasion as an excuse to gather, drink, and generally be merry during cold winter months.
#4. This is Phil’s full title: Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. The editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper gave him that name in 1886.
#5. The festivities in Punxsutawney are presided over by a band of local dignitaries known as the Inner Circle. Its members wear top hats and conduct the official proceedings in the “Groundhogese.”
#6. Nowadays, Punxsutawney Phil lives in a climate-controlled habitat adjoining the Punxsutawney Library.
#7. Punxsutawney Phil has a wife name Phyllis, who enjoys the benefits of being married to the most famous groundhog in the world, but has no weather-predicting prowess of her own.
It looks like Punxsutawney Phil has quite the life carved out for himself. Regardless of your wish for winter or spring, Plymouth Rock Assurance wishes you a happy Groundhog Day. Now, if you don’t like groundhogs, you can always look check out the Texas armadillo for your winter weather predictions.
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