Today Phil the Groundhog proclaimed that winter will last for 6 more weeks.
Who’s Phil the Groundhog? I didn’t know until I met M for lunch today, munching on my half panino with Mortadella and Asiago cheese at Eataly (yes, I know, I’m all about this place).
Turns out that in PA there is a place called Punxsutawney (I am guessing it’s named after a forgotten tongue-twister or something) where since 1887 on this day a groundhog is asked to predict the arrival of Spring.
The groundhog goes by the name of Phil and is greeted outside of its hole by a bunch of guys wearing top-hats and by a huge crowd of people coming from all over the country to see the scene.
If Phil sees its own shadow and gets scared of it, re-entering his hole, then Winter will last for 6 more weeks. Otherwise everybody should feel free to hang their coats back in the closet and prep the t-shirts.
Here is a video of how it works.
February the 2nd, Groundhog Day. Awright…