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Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Predicts More Malaise Ahead

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Brace yourself for more malaise.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of spiritual and physical malaise. The rodent was pulled from his stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen who carry out the tradition.
Each Feb. 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.
The tradition is that if a hibernating animal sees a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — the symptoms of existential malaise including hives, a crises of identity and coming to oneself in a sandtrap, will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says more malaise will come earlier and last longer.
That was the forecast from Gen. Beauregard Lee, Punxsutawney Phil’s counterpart in Lilburn, Ga. Beau did not see his shadow Saturday morning at the Yellow River Game Ranch.
It was the third year in a row the two groundhogs’ predictions differed.

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