Thursday, 4 February 2016

Groundhogs on the Menu? The Wild History of Punxsutawney Phil

by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer   |   February 01, 2016 05:15pm ET

Punxsutawney Phil may not know it, but groundhogs were part of the menu on Groundhog Day in the late 1800s.

Apparently, groundhogs were the "other white meat" on that day.

These days, Punxsutawney Phil doesn't have to worry about ending up on a dish. Revelers gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where they wait with baited breath to see whether Phil sees his shadow, indicating that winter will last six more weeks. If he doesn't see his shadow, there will be an early spring, folklore says. 

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