By the Numbers: Number of times Punxsutawney Phil is right and other Groundhog day trivia

By the Numbers: Number of times Punxsutawney Phil is right and other Groundhog day trivia

Groundhog Day is Saturday, February 2, which got us thinking about the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day."  It starred Bill Murray, Andie Macdowell, and the hilarious Ned Ryerson played by Stephen Tobolowsky.

So why should you watch "Groundhog Day" on Groundhog Day?
 
"We fill our lives with tradition anyway ... so you might as well fill your life with good traditions. And there's no better tradition than sitting around the television with your friends and family and lovers and children and say let's just laugh our heads off and watch this once in a lifetime great movie," said Tobolowsky.
 
If that's not enough to tempt you into watching, here is Groundhog Day -- by the numbers.
Did you know:
 
-- The first Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
 
-- A groundhog's lifespan is normally 6 to 8 years, but some people claim Phil is more than 100 years old.
 
-- The average groundhog is 20 inches long and weighs 12 to 15 pounds.
 
-- Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.
 
-- Phil's predictions are about 39 percent accurate.
 
-- Punxsutawney Phil has 4 other names: seer of seers, sage of sages, prognosticator of prognosticators and weather prophet extraordinary.
 
Happy Groundhog Day!
 
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