Today, millions of Americans waited with bated breath for a stupid rodent to see its shadow, all in hopes of figuring out how long winter will last. Silly? Sure. But not the weirdest winter predictor, not by a long shot.
The following predictive methods are—or have been—practiced all around the world. If it seems like there's no way they could be accurate, well, Punxsutawney Phil only gets it right about 39 per cent of the time, so it's a pretty low bar. In fact, we'd all be better off just flipping a coin. But why do that when you can count a caterpillar's rings?
So maybe we should stick with Phil after all?