Groundhog Day: Punksatony Phil, Punxsutawney Phil, Puxatony Phil ... how the heck do you spell his name?

punxsutawney-phil.jpgIf you take a look at Google trends on February 2nd, you'll see a lot of items about Groundhog Day and a bunch of different ways to spell the name of the most famous little fuzzy guy of all, Punxsutawney Phil.

For the record, that is how you spell it. Not Punksatony or Puxatony or Henry. In case you've been living in a hole in the ground, you know that Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog that predicts whether or not we'll have six more weeks of winter (if he sees his shadow) or an early spring (if he doesn't).

The tradition dates back 122 years as of 2012 and began in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Each year, the town has a festival with music and food. During the ceremony, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob. During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis.

According to Wikipedia, lore says that there is only one Phil and that every summer he's given a sip of the mysterious Groundhog Elixir so he stays alive. The average lifespan of a groundhog is ten years.

Either way, we can't stop watching "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray. It's a compulsion. Pretty sure it's on today.
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