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Punxsutawney Phil Says There Will Be Six More Weeks Of Winter And People On Twitter Have Never Been More Mad At A Rodent

By Nina / vendredi 2 février 2018 05:30
... Except for maybe every other year he’s seen his shadow, but people on the internet love complaining about things, so we’re still going to talk about it. Plus, there’s no denying that a month and a half more of this weather is an FML for anyone living in cold climates.

Groundhog Day is here again, which means it’s time once again for one of America’s weirdest traditions: trusting a rodent to predict the weather. Factor in that the groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil and it starts to seem as hokey as the word ‘hullabaloo,’ which it groundhog day is a bunch of.

It sounds very primitive and in-touch with the Earth, until you realize that the Groundhog Day ceremony itself is led by a group of middle-aged white dudes in top hats and looks like this:

Wait...is this a cult?

Yes. No. Maybe? I don’t know, but it sure sounds like one. The top-hatted dudes in question are a group of men called the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Sounds cult-y, right? Well, it also looks pretty cult-y. Here they are in formation.

As the tradition goes, this society of men (who look like they’re either dentists or former-dentists who probably collect the teeth of their patients) meets every year on February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania to wait for Punxsutawney Phil to come out of hibernation.

We all know the drill after that: if he sees his shadow, then there are six more weeks of winter. If not, spring is right around the corner.

Let’s be real, Punxsutawney Phil always sees his shadow. Can you remember a time he didn’t? According to LiveScience, he’s got about a 47% accuracy rate. And yet, every time he does, people still make just as big of a deal about the bad news.

This year was no different. We turned to Twitter to see how people took the news:

Nice going, Phil.  Comparing you to "Smooth Operator" and Goop?! That's how much we appreciate your prediction. 

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By  Madrias  |  34

I don't see anything wrong with a few more weeks of winter. I like this weather. There's no bugs, and I can always get comfortable with putting on another layer. There's only so many layers you can take off, and even fewer layers if you intend to be out in public. I hate warm weather.

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By  Madrias  |  34

I don't see anything wrong with a few more weeks of winter. I like this weather. There's no bugs, and I can always get comfortable with putting on another layer. There's only so many layers you can take off, and even fewer layers if you intend to be out in public. I hate warm weather.

By  Mynxie  |  26

A lot were just stop attempts, and failed ones at that, at "political" satire. But typical of most Twitter morons. Can't have one funny and weird tradition as a white person without idiots trying to ruin some fun. Typical reaction of the lame and boring.

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