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Punxsutawney Phil emerges for Groundhog Day

Posted on Sunday, 2 February, 2020 | Comment icon 11 comments

Phil was a lot more optimistic this year. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Anthony Quintano
Crowds gathered in Pennsylvania today for the annual event made famous by the 1993 Bill Murray movie.
Despite its unusual premise, Groundhog Day is in fact a very real event that continues to be celebrated at the beginning of February each year in Pennsylvania.

Its titular star - Punxsatawney Phil - has been emerging from his hole on Gobbler's Knob every year for 134 years to reveal whether or not there will be six more weeks of winter.

According to tradition, if Phil does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
For the last four years it has been bad news from Phil, however at this year's ceremony, which took place earlier today, the groundhog reportedly determined that spring would come early.

His prediction follows the news that the original movie's star Bill Murray will be returning for a special appearance in an advert for Jeep that is due to be aired during the Super Bowl later today.

In it, he will be seen alongside the titular groundhog as he relives the nightmare of waking up every morning to find that it's the same day over and over again.

You can check out the ad below.

Source: Sky News | Comments (11)

Tags: Groundhog Day

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Phatty on 2 February, 2020, 18:45
No - Early Spring.
Comment icon #3 Posted by IronGhost on 2 February, 2020, 18:51
It's also palindrome day today -- 02022020 -- Super Bowl Sunday, Ground Hog Day -- and my birthday! That's got to be a good sign.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 2 February, 2020, 19:13
Maybe it means the the world is ending ! 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 on 2 February, 2020, 19:40
Gobbler's Knob? Sounds pornographic. I also wouldn't say it was made famous by the Bill Murray movie...It was already a well-known tradition (at least in the US). That's why it served as the basis for a movie about a guy stuck in a time loop.
Comment icon #6 Posted by susieice on 2 February, 2020, 21:50
Happy Birthday!
Comment icon #7 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod on 3 February, 2020, 1:33
Loved the movie, and the commercial. Happy Groundhog's Day.
Comment icon #8 Posted by IronGhost on 3 February, 2020, 1:56
Thanks so much!
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker on 3 February, 2020, 2:57
I watched it. Phil didnt "emerge". They grabbed him and dragged him out of his locked box.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Habitat on 3 February, 2020, 3:28
Just looking at the news story, the most dignified thing there was Phil, by a margin.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 8 February, 2020, 18:47
Where is Bill Murray when you need him! 

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