Punxsutawney Phil: Sued By Ohio County Over Wrong Early Spring Prediction!

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Beaten down by months of snow, wind and cold, an Ohio county has issued an "indictment" against Punxsutawney Phil over his Groundhog Day prediction.

Phil did not see his shadow February 2, signaling spring's imminent arrival.

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Six days later, Winter Storm Nemo dumped 30 inches of snow on New England. Six weeks later, temperatures across the Northern U.S. remain frigid.

Birds chirping? Flowers blooming? No sign of those anywhere.

As a result, (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek Butler County, Oh., prosecutors are demanding justice, claiming Phil deliberately misled the American people.

They say such a felony should be punished by death.

Butler County's chief prosecutor filed an official brief about this, lambasting the rodent for actions "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio."

"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," wrote Mike Gmoser.

He vowed to bring the Pennsylvania icon to justice in the neighboring Buckeye State, but Phil's handlers are having none of it, coming to his defense.

Bill Deeley, president of the club that organizes Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight attempted extradition by the Ohio authorities.

"We'll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap," Deeley said, taking Butler County's indictment more or less in stride.

Criminally negligent or not, Phil really dropped the ball in 2013.

This winter was pretty harsh, at least by recent standards, and grew worse if anything following Phil's prognostication that spring would come early.

Case in point: There's another storm due on Sunday/Monday that could bring several additional inches of snow across the Midwest and Northeast.

The first day of Spring was Thursday, March 21.

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When I said that little rodent doesn't know what he is talking about, I meant Al Gore, not the cute little groundhog. Poor little thing.

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@ Angela

You must be completely scientifically illiterate. Keep ignoring climate because it's too hard to understand it. It's not like you are going to see the absolute worse in your lifetime. The permafrost is sustaining forest that was only possible in areas where it was 20 degrees warmer. Personally I kinda wish it was more rapid. Having to deal with so many idiots like you in america is getting taxing. I would love to move to Canada but I don't like cold weather.

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The first day of spring was actually Wednesday March 20th.

Kristen 1

No wonder other countries see the USA as a laughing stock, suing an animal? Everybody suing everybody, grow some balls America. Things like this make me ashamed to live here.

Simone valkyrie

You have got to be friggin kidding me.. IT'S A STUPID GROUNDHOG!! And a stupid tradition.. Anyone who believes that you can predict spring's early arrival by the absence or presence of a shadow is a complete idiot.. Just go somewhere and die.. That will really do the nation some good.

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Technically he wasn't wrong. Look - if he sees his shadow, that means there is light to cast a shadow. if he is outside that would mean that light is the sun. If there is more sun... then spring is coming sooner. If he doesn't see his shadow, that means there is no source of light. If he's outside that means it's overcast. Overcast in winter usually means snow, and if that's the case then Winter would be longer... thus... he actually predicted a longer winter. It's man's tradition that is off base, not poor Punxutawney Phil.

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@ Drea

Spring has nothing to do with overcast weather, or ground hogs... Learn your astronomy people, what next, a lawsuit against the sun, or the earths axis? Prosecutor should be replaced... These are the idiots we elect...

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Should every other weather person need to worry about being sued over their predictions too?

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rosie is an evil sodmite..... i will pray for rosie .... that she gets aids , astatrts to smaell like shit , losses her hair and swells up .. ohhhh...domini...inflictus aidsio shit smellem swellio freakius rosiolo

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@ pope frances

I'M ON IT !!!!!!

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Are you FREAKING kidding me?! This better be a hoax! He's a freaking groundhog! Shame on you idiots for believing a freaking rodent!! I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE!

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@ Carissa

SHOULD HAVE STAYED ON YOUR MEDS,THERE CARI....

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MUFFOMUNCHER ROSIE(O'DONNELL) IS FAR MORE ACCURATE THOUGHT NOT AS GOOD LOOKING AS PHIL ... IF SHE DONESN'T GET A CRABS OUTBREAK , SPRING WILL SPRUNG EARLY !!!

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this is north american humor, folks?

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@ abe

Right , Joy .... Rosie the sodomy freak is a rodent... and can tell he weather, when her perv possum twitches ....