Woken up at 7:28 a.m. on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil was grumpy and chewed up all the top hats that were surrounding him.
Nah, not really.
But he did see his shadow and hence, as the believers say, that means six more weeks of winter.
He was waken by a huge crowd os his faithful followers Phil looked at the sky and gazed around his stump, then speaking in Groundhogese, he directed his president Bill Deeley to the proper scroll which reads: A Super Bowl winner I cannot predict but my weather forecast you cannot contradict. Why that’s not a football but my shadow I see…
Over in Staten Island, Chuck, the angrier version of Punxsutawney Phil, once again demonstrated that slumbering mammals shouldn’t be woken up to give weather forecasts. In 2009, Staten Island Chuck almost bit off Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s finger.
This year, incoming mayor Bill de Blasio dropped a cantankerous Chuck who was scooped up by his handler before he could make his getaway to more tropical climes.
Photo credit: Columbia Pictures/Groundhog Day