Get breaking Groundhog Day news via text

Can't wait to find out the latest of Punxsutawney Phil's apocryphal weather predictions? This year you can get the news by text message.

'YOU GUYS! SPRING! I CAN'T WAIT TO TEXT EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT IT!' CC wiredwitch/Flickr

LOL OMG 6 MORE WKS WINTER?

It doesn't quite have the gravitas of Barack Obama announcing his vice-presidential pick via text message , but this year Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the world's most famous groundhog, will be telling enthusiasts via text message whether they're going to get stuck with six more weeks of winter.

Before February 2, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club invites everyone to text "Groundhog" to the SMS short-code 247365. When Phil ventures out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob that morning--well, let's be honest, usually they have to prompt him out--text messages will go out broadcasting whether he saw his shadow (six more weeks of winter) or didn't (springtime! yay!)

According to the Associated Press:

Each year, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania to find out whether Phil sees his shadow. Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club pull the marmot from its hiding spot and, they say, listen for his prediction in a language they call "groundhog-ese." The text, however, will be in English.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has lots of helpful information on its Web site, like "There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil...(who) gets his longevity from drinking 'groundhog punch' (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life."

Presumably, the text message from Phil won't arrive in the middle of the night the way Obama's veep announcement text did, a move which prompted comedian Seth Meyers to muse several months later at the annual Webby Awards , "I don't know how things work in D.C., but I'm a single guy in New York. If I receive a text message on Saturday night at 3 a.m., it better be somebody who wants to hook up, and that person better not be Joe Biden." It better not be a rodent who likes to talk about the weather, either.

 

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