Monday, February 04, 2008

Mammoth versus Groundhog

Everyone knows about Punxatawney Phil and the little groundhog's weather predicting abilities, but how many of you know about the forecasting of Saltville, Virginia's Woolly Mammoth? That's Wooly, the mascot for the Museum of the Middle Appalachians in located in Saltville, in the photo. You can read more about his winter prediction here.

Spoiler alert: Both Woolly and Punxatawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter this year. Woolly made his prediction a week before Phil's projection.

If you don't have time to read the full story, check out these quotes from the VP of the Phil's club. No, I'm not kidding!

"Who cares if it’s a week early?" Mike Johnston, vice president of the Inner Circle of the Punxatawney Groundhog Club, said of Woolly’s prediction. "Nobody knows about it.

"I really can’t say anything other than it sounds to me like just another impostor trying to take a ride on the coattails on the real weather forecasting animal in this country. That would be, of course, Punxatawney Phil."

Sounds like fighting words.

I tried to contact Woolly, but he could not be reached for comment and did not return my calls before press time. However, those close to the mammoth say Woolly often says that the groundhog performs a great service… and that groundhogs are best served with gravy. Ok, I'm made that last part.

For the actual exchange of words between the two camps, be sure to read the story linked above.

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