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Prognosticating Pennsylvania rodent predicts more winter

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The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter. The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.
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"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." - Phil Connors

If you're a fan in believing a prognosticating rodent, then we can expect six more weeks of this cold dreary weather to stick around. Punxsutawney Phil was pulled out of his hole Monday morning and "whispered" into the ear of a guy wearing a top hat that winter will stick around for six more weeks because he saw his shadow. 

According to records dating back to 1887, Phil has predicted winter 102 times and has only forecasted an early spring 17 times. The more impressive stat to take away from that is that Phil is apparently a 128 year old groundhog. Though promoters say Phil is never wrong, Encyclopedia Britannica says his success rate it only 40%. 

"This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You're hypocrites, all of you!" - Again, Phil Connors. 

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