February 2, 2016

Tek This Out: Google's Pegman Celebrates Groundhog Day


Happy Groundhog Day! We are delighted to say that Mr. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today as he surfaced from his burrow, which means Spring is coming! Not that it matters…we live in California.

One fellow who was particularly excited about today’s holiday is none other than Google’s Pegman! You may recognize him as the small yellow dude who hangs out at the bottom right corner of your Google Maps screen, eagerly awaiting for you to plop him wherever you like so he can guide you safely to your virtual destination.

This is not his first go-around with a fancy get-up. Pegman knows how to party.
What is a Tek Shouts! holiday post without a few fun facts? Do you ever wonder why we listen to a groundhog in the first place? They can’t even talk.
Tradition says that, every February 2nd, people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to observe whether or not Phil emerges from his hole and remains outside. If he is scared by his shadow and dives back into his hole, legend has it, there will be six more weeks of winter.
But...spoiler alert! Phil is not a weatherman. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created a graph, stating “the table shows no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis.”

What a letdown.

Oh well! We have enough science and tech in our lives. If we choose to believe a groundhog is the deciding factor in climate change and serves as Mother Nature’s trump card, then so be it.


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