Punxsutawney Phil: Best-known and Classiest Groundhog

This morning a Bagel* I’ve been corresponding with for a couple of days WhatsApp’d me:

I’m sick of these groundhogs today, lol 😀

I finally got around to Googling “Groundhog Day” to see what he was talking about around 6pm when I was at Starbucks “writing an essay outline” for my English class. Wow! What a controversy. Shubenacadie Sam of Nova Scotia, who wakes up the earliest due to his time zone, predicted an early spring. Hours later, Wiarton Willie said, “UHHH NO, six more weeks of winter, losers!”

Basically, Canadian groundhogs don’t know what to make of this winter, either. Don’t worry, groundhogs. It’s not climate change, it’s a “Super El Niño.” Unfortunately, Winnipeg Willow wasn’t able to weigh in and settle the debate with his own shadow because he died last week. RIP Winnipeg Willow.

Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the best-known weather predicting woodchuck, noted Willow’s passing with his handlers saying they were surprised by news of the death of Phil’s colleague. (Toronto Star)

This is my favourite part of the whole story. Classy, Phil!

* This is what matches are called on the dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel. Essentially, CMB works exactly like Tinder, except you are only allowed to see one profile each day, rather than the entire population of your city. Since both parties have to “like” each other in order to communicate, and you only see one profile a day, you can go many days without actually matching with someone. I guess I should be going at this dating thing a little harder, but frankly the low match rate on this app is about all I can handle.

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