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February 02, 2010 – Comments (19) | RELATED TICKERS: MOV , E

This has got to be the dumbest holiday of the year. I mean, who cares about groundhogs or what they think? It's not a complete waste, however, since the eponymous movie might be on TV today, and it is one of the best movies ever made.

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#1) On February 02, 2010 at 1:06 PM, TMFUltraLong (99.95) wrote:

Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday... next to the Super Bowl which I also consider a national holiday

UltraLong

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#2) On February 02, 2010 at 1:06 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Happy Groundhog Day! Any groundhog with any sense will stay in its hole. Yes, the movie is good. Just think of all the production costs they saved with the repeated scenes.

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#3) On February 02, 2010 at 1:17 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Also happens to be my youngest daughter's b'day. Today makes Sweet Sixteen. She wants to start dating as a b'day present. YIKES!  All Glory to the Hypno-Hog.

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#4) On February 02, 2010 at 1:25 PM, ChannelDunlap (< 20) wrote:

The movie is epic.  The holiday is pretty weak though. 

Apparently Phil says 6 more weeks of winter :(

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#5) On February 02, 2010 at 1:42 PM, FleaBagger (28.28) wrote:

@Starfirenv: you have my sympathies. Just say no and tell her "that's how girls get killed."

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#6) On February 02, 2010 at 1:47 PM, FleaBagger (28.28) wrote:

Re #2: Actually, I think that in those days they had to reshoot most of the scenes because of slight differences in the dialogue and the lack of video editing software.

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#7) On February 02, 2010 at 1:55 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

:) You are probably right about the retakes.

I just wonder how many years the day lasted. I'm having a slow day also. Why doesn't Hersheys or some other candy company sell chocolate groundhogs? It is a missed business opportunity.

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#8) On February 02, 2010 at 1:57 PM, Turfscape (43.76) wrote:

Fleabagger wrote:
"This has got to be the dumbest holiday of the year. I mean, who cares about groundhogs or what they think?"

Eh, I trust the rodent's predictions more than the professional commentators on CNBC...

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#9) On February 02, 2010 at 1:59 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

 I mean, who cares about groundhogs or what they think?

I do! I've used them to pick winning lottery numbers, to find my keys and to do my taxes. Never underestimate the power of a properly motivated groundhog. They'll do anything for crunchy peanut butter.

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#10) On February 02, 2010 at 2:11 PM, ChannelDunlap (< 20) wrote:

Lemon I think you've just touched upon a wonderful marketing idea.  There is no reason that Groundhog Day shouldn't be able to compete in a similar market place as Easter, their mascotts being so similar and all.

I read somewhere about Groundhog Day they tried to speculate at how long he was stuck in the loop.  The estimate they came up with was years and year and years, considering all the various thing he learned & mastered (Piano, Ice Sculpting, etc).  Like, I want to say in the hundreds of years...

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#11) On February 02, 2010 at 2:16 PM, NEMnyWtch (< 20) wrote:

Groundhog's Day is awesome, as are Groundhogs.  This is a sacred day for witches (Imbolc) and quite frankley you muggles should celebrate more often without needing gifts, candy, etc.  This is the time when the earth starts to stir as the longer days warm her up, next month the sap starts to run, the first signs of spring will begin, and things start to grow again.  Obama willing, so will our portfolios.  Take a walk outside and enjoy it!  Happy  Groundhogs Day!

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#12) On February 02, 2010 at 2:39 PM, FleaBagger (28.28) wrote:

I guess I should preface this comment with SPOILER ALERT! If you have not already seen Groundhog Day, get up from your computer, quit your dead-end job, go to the local Blockbuster and charitably rent this movie and watch it immediately with your favorite loved ones. I'm serious. That said...

If you're motivated enough, you can do a lot of amazing things in a short time, like learn how to play piano really well, learn how to make ice sculptures with a chainsaw, memorize lots of French poetry, and become a pretty decent doctor, concurrently and in just a few years (5-7, depending on what kind of degree you start with and how motivated you are), especially if you don't have to worry about earning your living for the subsequent days -but memorizing where everyone was who needed help would have taken exploring all the different places in Punxsatawney (sp?) at all the different possible times of the day. If you know anything about how to calculate possible combinations, you don't need me to tell you that that could have taken millennia, depending on how thorough he was. 

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#13) On February 02, 2010 at 2:58 PM, NEMnyWtch (< 20) wrote:

OK, OK, Yes, I have seen the movie, and I liked it.  I am  just not as enamored with it as you are, but I am glad that it made you so happy, Flea.

That being said, I will contribute..I would improve my violin skills, learn how to make homemade beer/wine, and day-trade all the day's best stocks over, and over, again.

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#14) On February 02, 2010 at 9:19 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

go to the local Blockbuster

Hmm-  did'nt know those still existed.

Also, this is one of my all time Favourite movies. 

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#15) On February 03, 2010 at 1:15 PM, FleaBagger (28.28) wrote:

A friend and I went to our local Blockbuster and rented a movie (we're not rich enough for Netflix) and when we checked out the receipt said we got a free non-New Release rental, so the cashier had us pick up another one. While she was scanning that one, my friend and I were talking about another movie that we hadn't gotten (Casino Royale with Daniel Craig) and I couldn't believe she hadn't seen it, but the one we weren't as excited about had already been scanned, so we were pretty well resigned to seeing CR later. But then the cashier revealed herself to be the manager! And then she threw in CR for free, so we wound up getting three for the price of one. So it's kind of like Red Box prices at that point, except they had the movies we wanted (two movies we wanted, and one we kind of wanted) and we have until next week to return them, which would be exorbitantly expensive with Red Box.

So, basically, shopping at a store that's about to go out of business has its advantages.

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#16) On February 03, 2010 at 1:29 PM, BravoBevo (99.97) wrote:

Bill Murray's first encounter with the groundhog/gopher was in Caddyshack.

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#17) On February 03, 2010 at 1:30 PM, goalie37 (91.34) wrote:

To #8...I hear the groundhog will now be one of the Fast Money traders on CNBC.

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#18) On February 03, 2010 at 1:57 PM, FleaBagger (28.28) wrote:

Groundhog Day was profoundly better than Caddyshack.

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#19) On February 03, 2010 at 2:11 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Profound and Caddyshack don't belong in the same sentence. If it were profound it would not as good. :)

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