Staten Island Chuck’s Uninformed Prediction Is Preferable to Punxsutawney Phil’s

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Local famed rodent Staten Island Chuck spent the morning with Mayor Bloomberg and did not see his shadow, meaning spring is coming early, according to the arbitrary rules agreed upon by society. Chuck's more notable national counterpart, Pennsylvania's Punxatawney Phil, disagreed, calling for six more weeks of winter, but he is just a pawn anyway: "Phil's prediction is determined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group who dons top hats and tuxedos and decides in advance what the groundhog will predict."