The Red Indian chief just died right before the winter, after ruling for 40 years. His son became the new chief.
According to the tradition, to prove his worth as the leader, he has to correctly speculate how cold would be the winter this year.
With his guidance, people will gather right amount of wood for the whole winter season before it starts.
So, in the morning, without knowing what to say, the new chief told everybody that there would be somewhat moderate cold this year, so they don’t need a lot of wood.
Everyone from the village went to the forest to chop the trees and gather wood.
However, the new chief became really nervous about what he said. So he sneaked into the nearest town and bought a small radio to get the local weather forecast.
That night, tuning the radio, he heard that the weather guy is saying, this year the winter will be cold and asking everyone to get prepared for it.
Hearing this, the new chief decided to gather some more wood, just to be in the safe side.
The next day, he gathered everyone and told them to gather some more, as the winter would be colder than he anticipated earlier.
That night, he again turned on the radio and to his dismay, he found out that now the radio is saying this season will be much colder.
So, the next day he asked everyone to chop some more. Again, at night he found out with sheer frustration that the radio is saying, this year the temperature would reach the lowest among the last few years.
So, he told his people to get more wood. This time, he found that the radio is saying, this year the temperature would reach such low that it would break any previous record.
Hearing this, he went berserk and stormed to the radio office, and asked the weather guy, what is your problem? Why are you changing the forecast every single day?
The weather guy replied, okay, we actually guess the severity of the winter from the amount of wood the Red Indians gather. This year, they started nice and slow and we broadcasted that it would be a moderate winter, then they increased speed and we assumed it would be a little more cold; but now, now they are cutting down the whole forest!