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Groundhog charged with misrepresentation

March 24, 2013

In case you don’t know, in the US state of Ohio they have a quaint ceremony of “using” an animal to predict the weather for the coming year.

When Punxsutawney Phil, a local wild groundhog (also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or in some areas as a land-beaver) predicted an early spring when he didn’t see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on February 2.

I know, I know; it makes English Morris dancers seem quite normal.

Anyway, since the local inhabitants don’t seem to be having any better weather than most of us in the UK, Phil is in trouble.

So the heat is on against Phil, and the furry rodent has been charged with misrepresentation of spring, a felony “against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio,” wrote prosecutor Mike Gmoser in an official-looking indictment.
“Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early,” Gmoser declared. 
So what’s the penalty? 
Death’, Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek.

Good luck, Phil. Read the full story: here

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