Phil versus Jimmy

This is Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (pronounced Ponx-soo-TWAY-nee in Mexico), who predicts the arrival of spring with 100 percent accuracy according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club (LIARS!):

Yes, he’s alive.

And this is Jimmy of Prairie, Wisconsin, who has predicted the arrival of spring for the past 64 years with a reported 80 percent accuracy:

(via Facebook)

It would appear, Internet, that we have TWO weather-predicting groundhogs in America and no clear answer as to who is the real authority. There is only one way to settle this matter.

Where can we get two tiny pairs of nunchucks?


  1. MikeyB
    February 1, 2012 1:06 pm

    Wonder which one tastes better.

  2. Noah
    February 1, 2012 2:13 pm

    There is also Staten Island Chuck. As a Burgher in Diaspora I learned of this charlatan’s existence upon moving to NJ.

  3. TK
    February 1, 2012 3:10 pm

    Isn’t there another one in Georgia?

  4. TracyinSC
    February 1, 2012 3:11 pm

    Don’t forget about General Lee in Georgia…

  5. gunnlino
    February 1, 2012 4:10 pm

    Wait , wait , Groundhogs live 64 years ?

  6. Dave White
    February 1, 2012 4:48 pm

    Hmm. How many nuns could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck nuns?

  7. Sam's Dog
    February 1, 2012 8:36 pm

    All of those other “forecasters” are just cheap imitations. It’s just like the “rally towels” you see pathetically being twirled at other stadiums. Although as full disclosure, my great-grandparents lived literally in the shadow of Gobbler’s Knob. Sorry, couldn’t resist that.

  8. bucdaddy
    February 2, 2012 1:38 am

    French Creek Freddy says “Bite me” to all the groundhog posers.

    Which reminds me: Why is the Pennsylvania Lottery allowed to use an animatronic groundhog to sell lottery tickets to mor … um, the mathematically illiterate, but R.J. Reynolds isn’t allowed to use Joe Camel to sell cigarettes to the stupid? What, the groundhog isn’t designed to appeal to 12-year-olds? And if gambling is so harmless, why don’t they let 12-year-olds buy lottery tickets or play slots? Would help fill that lottery revenue shortfall the governor discovered (come ON, Keystone Staters, you boobs um … supporters of senior citizens aren’t losing enough!). Lots of allowance money out there that the Meadows hasn’t tapped into yet.

    • Butcher's Dog
      February 2, 2012 8:26 am

      Well, no one ever got cancer from lottery tickets, for one. The allowance money is better spent on candy, baseball cards, and the occasional hit of meth.

      By the way, the real French Creek is in PA. Runs through Crawford and parts of Mercer Counties. Deal with it.

      • bucdaddy
        February 2, 2012 9:59 am

        Print this story
        A Guessing Groundhog
        French Creek, Upshur County

        The official weather prognosticator at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center will make his prediction about the arrival of Spring on Thursday morning.

        French Creek Freddie, who has had Groundhog Day duties in Upshur County since 1978, will give his call for the next six weeks during a 10 a.m. ceremony.

        Any second now …

      • bucdaddy
        February 2, 2012 10:28 am

        I’ll grant one thing: The states are pretty much right up front about gambling being nothing more than a pure money grab (although there’s a sucker’s ploy about it being your duty to throw your money away so senior citizens can benefit — I guess if everybody stopped gambling tomorrow, senior citizens wouldn’t be worth actually raising [or, you know, lowering] taxes to help) and still encouraging it. They don’t play the hypocritical game they do with cigarettes, claiming they’re trying to get people to quit smoking and passing clean-air regulations and such on the one hand while happily accepting the tax money cigarettes raise on the other.

  9. Lisa
    February 2, 2012 10:20 pm

    Don’t forget about your neighbor Buckeye Chuck who says winter is over!

    Does Phil’s rival still live in Quarryville?

  10. Cathy
    February 4, 2012 10:22 am

    HAHA. Actually they taste like beef. This is from years of using them for Hamburger Helper as a child. Plenty of rodents in the field and not a lot of money.

    And just for useless info, Ol’ Phil has a whole harem with him in his nice little home by the Punxsy Library.