Punxsutawney Phil to Retire Before Groundhog Day 2018

by on 05/02/18 at 9:58 am

Phil gets it right!

Phil gets it right!

Punxsutawney PA:

Punxsutawney Phil is a fabled groundhog living in Punxsutawney PA. On February 2 (USA Groundhog Day) each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates this legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music, food and drink. During the traditional ceremony, which begins before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located about two miles from town.

According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring!” As of 2017, Phil has made 130 predictions and has been proven correct 39% of the time.

However, this year Phil sent word to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle (PGCHIC) that he will be retiring at midnight January 31, 2018. Phil communicates in Groundhogese to the President of the PGCHIC (people with the top hats at the ceremony).

According to legend there is only one Phil and all other groundhogs are impostors. To continue the local tradition a search was made, and no willing substitute Groundhog was found. Hillary Clinton’s name was suggested! “What Happen” is that Hillary’s expensive $500,000 speaking engagements have dried up and she is currently available for Grammy Award cameo appearances, weddings, wakes, Christenings, First Communions and Bar Mitzvahs (no circumcisions)!

There were no Groundhog costumes available in town or deliveries from Amazon.com in time, but a Bunny pantsuit was found. After several failed attempts to stuff Hillary into Phil’s burrow, there was a brief panic!

Bill Murray an honorary member of the PGCHIC, visiting this year’s ceremony on the 25th anniversary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Groundhog Day motion picture spoke to Phil in Groundhogese! Phil agreed to stay on for one more year and to negotiate for better working conditions!

Unfortunately, no one will ever know if Hillary dressed in a Bunny pantsuit and coming out of a hole in the ground would have seen her shadow?

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