Punxsutawney Phil Indicted for Lying About Early Spring
The Butler County prosecutor in Ohio thinks that Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who on February 2 this year wrongly predicted an early arrival of spring, should be held accountable for his mistake, reports the New York Daily News.
Mike Gmoser has drafted an indictment of the furry creature used every winter as a weather forecaster and has pronounced that the penalty should be death. But the indictment, although official looking, is really a tongue in cheek stunt designed to bring some humor to state residents disappointed by the fact that old man winter seems to still be hanging on despite the calendar saying it is officially spring.
Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney club that organizes Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight any extradition attempt by Ohio authorities.
Deeley defended his fur-bearing associate and said the death penalty was “very harsh” given the nature of the allegations.
“We’ll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap,” Deeley said.
Ohio, the next door neighbor state to Pennsylvania where Punxsutawney Phil makes his home, is expecting another round of snow this weekend and has been experiencing temperatures in the chilly 30s despite the change of season. Every year Phil scampers out of his burrow on Groundhog Day and if he sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of frigid winter weather conditions.
This year Phil was shadow free, predicting an early arrival for spring which simply hasn’t materialized.
Punxatawney, Pennsylvania has received worldwide recognition annually for hosting the Groundhog Day weather prediction event. The 2013 event was the 126th celebration of forecasting via groundhog.
Punxsutawney Phil does not have a listed phone number and did not respoind to our email requests
Liar! Punxsutawney Phil ‘indicted’ for falsely predicting an early spring