The official website of Groundhog day, groundhog.org, to find out more about this strange tradition. The website claims: Phil is right 100% of the time, that there has only been one Phil in 120 years (he drinks a secret exlihir of life every summer to keep him alive for seven more years), and he whispers his prediction in "groundhogese" to to the president of the Inner Circle.
But did you know?:
- Woodchucks, marmots, and ground squirrels are the same thing as a groundhog.
- The earliest American reference to Groundhog day was made in 1841.
- Groundhog day may have somehow grown out of Candlemas.
- Punxsatawney Phil is not the only weather predicting groundhog. We also have Balzac Billy of Balzac, Alberta, Canada; Staten Island Chuck of NYC; Malverne Mel and Malverne Melissa of Malverne, New York; and General Beauregard Lee, PhD of Atlanta, Georgia (that PhD is real. He's been given honorary doctorates by two universities).
- Groundhog predictions are 75-90% accurate.
- Punxsutawney Phil's underground home at Gobbler's Knob is only temporary. For most of the year he lives in the town library with his wife Phyllis.