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Samuel Mills, Staff Writer

Punxsutawney Phil is, without a shadow of a doubt, the world’s most famous groundhog. This little bundle of fur lives the American dream—working one day a year. One would think that an animal who only works once a year would at least be good at his job, but Punxsutawney Phil would rather surprise than impress. Our good buddy Phil correctly predicts how much longer winter will last just around 39% of the time! Well, if Punxsutawney Phil ever needs a new job, he could always report the daily weather. 

This year, Phil predicted that we will suffer through six more weeks of winter, and most people are hoping that he will be wrong…again. Winter is a lovely season, but the novelty wears off quickly for people who need a shovel just to get out the front door. Snow may be nice to look at, but we cannot do much looking if it makes us all snow blind. Those who enjoy this season are thankful that Phil saw his shadow this year, but why do any of us trust him in the first place? This cuddly critter has an abnormal amount of charm, and he has the hearts of Americans wrapped around his finger. Oddly enough, groundhogs like Phil were not the only harbingers of spring (or, in some cases, six more weeks of winter). Hedgehogs have done it, too! Why is it, then, that groundhogs are the mascot of this superstition? Perhaps the hedgehog had a more prickly disposition?

Even if he is not the greatest at his job, Punxsutawney Phil is a national treasure. Like many celebrities, Phil is celebrated for contributing the bare minimum to society. Groundhog Day would not be the same without its namesake, so we should at least appreciate Phil for giving his best effort every day! Well, one out of every 365 days, at least.