Punxsutawney Phil– and his doppelgängers throughout the country (General Beauregard Lee in Georgia) – might just have the best job available today. Who else but this legendary member of the squirrel family gets pampered in a cushy burrow and only has his chubby butt trotted out one day out of the year to perform one of the most menial tasks known to man: To see or not see his shadow?
Today is Groundhog Day, and thousands of folks are currently gathered in the Pennsylvania village of Punxsutawney to see whether or not Phil will predict six more weeks of winter weather or an early spring. Phil has been providing this service to the public since 1887.
Just like the American worker, though, Phil is being threatened by technology. PETA is reportedly asking the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club to retire Phil to a sanctuary and replace him with an electronic groundhog.