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7am stumper 2-3-14

Yesterday was Groundhog Day. That's the day that, according to folklore, a groundhog emerges from his winter nap to look for his shadow. See the shadow? Six more weeks of winter. No shadow? An early spring. Groundhog Day was also an inspiration for the film of the same name starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the film, Murray's character lives the same day over and over and over.

Today's stumper is:

How long a period did the director initially say the film "Groundhog Day" covered?

1. three years
2. five years
3. ten years



The answer is: 3. ten years

In the movie, Bill Murray's character, Phil Connors, re-lives the same day enough times to become a proficient piano player and a master ice carver. According to imdb.com, Director Harold Ramis said on the DVD Connors probably lived the same day for about 10 years. However, the website has that Ramis later revised that estimate saying "... It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years".

 
 
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