Groundhog Day —> 2/3

Why is Groundhog Day one of the best movies?

A. written/directed by Harold Ramis
B. it stars Bill Murray
C. and his goal is to get to the day February 3rd, my birthday.

How can I not love a movie in which Bill Murray does whatever it takes to get to 2/3?
Even with Andie MacDowell (Hudson Hawk, Muppets from Space), it’s still a classic romantic comedy.

Here’s another scene. Bonus trivia: Mama used to be the personal trainer for the actress playing the piano teacher.

If you see only one movie today, make it the #34 movie on AFI’s Top 100 Comedies List.

As for the real Groundhog Day – Here are some “facts” or is this case maybe factoid (loate the word) is more apropos (from Wiki page):

Groundhog Day proponents state that the rodents’ forecasts are accurate 75% to 90%. A Canadian study for 13 cities in the past 30 to 40 years puts success rate level at 37%. Also, the National Climatic Data Center reportedly has stated that the overall predictions accuracy rate is around 39%.

WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall put it a different way: since there are always six more weeks of winter after Groundhog Day, and the concept of early spring in the astronomical sense simply does not exist, then whenever the groundhog sees its shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter, the groundhog is always right, but whenever it predicts an early spring, it is always wrong. The results have an approximate 80% rate of accuracy, the average percentage of times a groundhog sees its shadow.

And Happy Birthday to Amber of My Delicate Slip of Sunshine (on my blogroll). She just couldn’t wait to be born and had to share her day with a big weasel.

But whatever happens today, know that tomorrow will be better. At least I’ll be supposedly wiser.



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2 responses to “Groundhog Day —> 2/3

  1. noah gorz

    I remember being in 7th grade and having a philosophical conversation with my friend Peter about how long Bill Murray was actually trapped in Feb. 2. How many times did he relive the day? Our guess, based mainly on his mastering the piano, was in the 10-15 year range.

  2. I never looked at it from that angle, figuring he could have learned just a few piano melodies. It’s been a while since I have seen it. Will consider this deeply and ponder it in my heart.

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