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|Ground Hog Day - Phil and His Predictions
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Today, February 2, 2012 is Punxsutawney Phil's 126th prognostication!
This day has been celebrated in Punxsutawney since 1886.
Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.
Phil's prediction is correct 100% of the time, of course!
There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 125 years!
Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the "elixir of life," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.
Every year on February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
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.
After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.
His predictions are NOT known in advance.
The observance of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
Pennsylvania's earliest settlers were Germans and they found a great amount of groundhogs in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter.
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official journey to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
Looks like you need to keep those coats, hat and gloves out. Phil saw his shadow today, so looks like we will have six more weeks of winter.
Official Punxsutawney Phil's website: www.groundhog.org
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|great blog winter is still among us and we do have to keep warm its cold in Idaho|
|I used to live a few miles from Punxsutawney, and didn't know as much about Phil as you do Darleen, thanks for posting this entertaining article. T&L |