Punxsutawney Phil tweets: five little-known facts about Groundhog Day 2011

Punxsutawney Phil has been prognosticating about when spring will come since the 1880s. Here are five Punxsutawney Phil tidbits you may not have heard ahead of Groundhog Day 2011.

Phil texts his predictions

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Weather-prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 123rd Groundhog Day, February 2, 2009. According to Groundhog Day officials, the large rodent "saw" his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil broke telecommunications ground for rodents in 2010 by allowing people to sign up for a text message notification of his prediction by texting "Groundhog" to 247365. Like any media savvy public figure, Phil is also planning to update his Facebook status and tweet his prediction as well this year.

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