One year in autumn, the Indians asked their Chief if the winter was going to be cold or not. The chief replied that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared.
To be on the safe side, the Chief called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter going to be cold?"
The man on the phone responded, "This winter is going to be quite cold indeed." So the Chief went back to tell his people to collect even more wood to be prepared.
A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?"
"Yes," the man replied, "it’s going to be a very cold winter." So the Chief went back to his people and ordered them to go and find every scrap of wood they could find.
Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again: "Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"
"Absolutely," the man replies. "The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"