Groundhog Day: The Legend of the Immortal Punxsutawney Phil

Every Groundhog day, thousands gather in Punxsutawney, Penn., to receive predictions from beloved Punxsutawney Phil. According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow when he comes out of the cave, there will be another six weeks of winter. If Phil is not greeted by his shadow, spring will begin soon. While Phil’s ability to predict the weather can be considered remarkable, other legends surrounding this mythical creature are almost as far-fetched as ever.

The average life span of an earth hedgehog is between six and eight years, but according to the Punxsutawney Ground Hedgehog Club, only one Phil and he has been making weather predictions since 1887. Their website status that he drinks a magical “ground dog punch” every summer at Groundhog Picnic and gets seven years of life with every sip.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club also said that Phil forwarded his weather prediction to his “Inner Circle” chairman by saying “Groundhogese”. According to the club, Phil’s predictions are not premeditated and special language can only be understood by the current club president.

Perhaps the most unbelievable myth about Punxsutawney Phil is that the club believes he is always accurate in his weather predictions. Follow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsince 1990, Phil is only right 24 percent of the time.

Some might say that the mystery of all these legends is what makes Phil such a beloved character. Regardless of the proof, thousands of people will still gather in Punxsutawney to see Phil and get their (possibly inaccurate) weather predictions.

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Dais Johnston

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