Saturday, February 02, 2008

Gus for State Marmot.



I really thought I had Punxsutawney Phil fired last year. Governor Rendell must not have gotten my memo. I say we start a campaign to name Gus the official Pennsylvania Marmot. Before I would have quibbled with having such a gambling lush representing the Commonwealth, but given the headlong rush into casino gambling Gus may be the de facto state mascot already.

Honestly I am in awe of the amount of contrived tourism and publicity that is generated by the whole Punxsatawny Phil thing each and every year. For more information read up on the imminent (or past by the time you may read this) happenings at: http://www.groundhog.org/

But in his defense, Phil has achieved a level of academic scrutiny above all other forward thinking groundhogs out there. See: Punxsutawney's Phenomenal Phorecaster by Michael A. Aaron, Brewster B. Boyd, Jr., Melanie J. Curtis, Paul M. Sommers, The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan., 2001), pp. 26-29.