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Why we go back to Groundhog Day again and again

Why we go back to Groundhog Day again and again

By Jessica Furseth  

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Photo: Prospect composite

Groundhog Day happens once a year—every 2nd February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, great fuss is made as a groundhog emerges to predict the end of winter. The hope is that we’ll get an early spring, but most years the groundhog sees its shadow and we get six more weeks of winter.

For such a short month, February drags on for very a long time, occupying that in-between space after the holidays where nothing really happens.

For Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day, the…

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