OK, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole in Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania this morning and, wait for it, that little bastard didn't see his shadow. The question on everyone's mind (I mean, I guess) is, what the hell does that mean -- will there be six more weeks of winter, or is an early spring on the horizon?
Ever since the Groundhog Day tradition began in 1887, Phil's seen his shadow 99 times out of 115, only not seeing his shadow on 16 occasions. (There were nine years when no record was kept.) That means that 86 percent of the time, Phil's prophecy has been more lonely winter. But not today!
There's good news -- since Philly didn't see his shadow, spring is on its way.
Over 13,000 people gathered to witness men in top hats fawn over a marmot with a orthodontia problem and a penchant for penumbra predictions. Thankfully, the crowd wasn't let down -- there was grand news to be shared.
And as the announcer pointed out, Phil's always right .... spring is therefore on the way, people. And who are we to disagree with a weather portending rodent?
We should celebrate this rare occasion of a prognosticated spring and rejoice with mojitos, flip flops, and fresh cut flowers. It's what Phil would want.
Well, that, and grub, grasshoppers, insects, and snails.
Watch Phil predict spring:
Big fan of the good news, are you?