Punxsutawney Phil

I’ve never quite understood the point of  Punxsutawney Phil. I mean it’s February 2nd, regardless of whether the damn rodent sees his shadow or not, there’s still at least six weeks of winter. The Spring Equinox doesn’t happen until March 20th/21st, which oh, look, is approximately 6 weeks away. Sure, it’s a long standing tradition, but it’s one of the most ridiculous traditions in North America. As far as I’m concerned, it does nothing but show the stupidity of humans. If you’d like to base your anticipation of Spring on such an absurd concept like SHADOW=WINTER, just look out the damn window. If it’s cloudy, no shadow, if it’s sunny, shadow. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, which means it was sunny in Pennsylvania this morning. He wouldn’t have seen his shadow here in Parry Sound, because it’s cloudy as shit, and snowing to beat the band. Am I the only one who sees the juxtaposition here?

I’d really like to believe that those who become excited about the emergence of a rodent are simply in it for the celebration, but honestly, when I watched the footage of the event on CNN this morning, I was left with the distinct impression that these people are actually planning their lives around it’s shadow.

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7 Comments

  1. willowbatel said,

    February 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

    It doesn’t make any sense to begin with. Who honestly sat around for months on end to watch a giant rat and check if he saw his shadow? And then who connected the shadow with the continuation of winter? PLUS, how is it that if it’s sunny out the winter is going to be LONGER? Makes absolutely no sense.

    • February 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Exactly, right? Thanks for sharing my confusion on the matter! Seriously, they should just let Phil be free, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t much like his career as a weatherman anyways!

  2. willowbatel said,

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Where do they even keep him? Does he live in the tiny little box they show him in all the time?

    • February 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

      Okay, so, I looked him up….and wish I hadn’t.
      Apparently, Phil is 120 years old, his handlers give him “groundhog punch” to increase his lifespan and keep him alive year after year. He lives in the library year-round, which means, he probably isn’t hibernating AT ALL. And the best part, he talks to the Groundhog Club President in “Groundhogese”, who then translates the prediction into English for us common folk. There’s a rather extensive group of fellows involved in caring for Phil, and keeping him alive…they’re called the “Inner Circle”. For the record, he only has a 39% accuracy rate.

    • willowbatel said,

      February 6, 2010 at 2:31 am

      hahahahaha. It’s a wonder they aren’t studying his genetics to help keep humans alive longer. I’ve heard of speaking dog, but speaking groundhog? I wonder what kind of college you have to go to to become a professional groundhog translator, hahaha.

  3. willowbatel said,

    February 7, 2010 at 2:22 am

    🙂 hahahaha


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