1076: Groundhog Day
Title text: If you closely examine the cosmic background radiation, you can pick up lingering echoes of 'I Got You Babe'.
This comic is a mash-up of the American movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray and the work of James Ussher who was a Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. He was a prolific scholar, who most famously published a chronology that purported to establish the time and date of the creation as the night preceding Sunday, 23 October 4004 BC, according to the proleptic Julian calendar.
This comic is purporting to say that unlike in the movie, Bill Murray and Rita (Andie MacDowell) never move on to February 3, but instead create our world with some sort of "sexual infinity".
And of course, the image text, there is a reference to the song "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher, which is the song that Bill Murray's character wakes up to every morning of February 2 (and February 3 as well).
In Groundhog Day, the final scene has Bill Murray's character wearing the same clothes as the night before, implying he didn't sleep with Rita after all. Randall later noticed this error and apologized for it on the blag.
- Groundhog Day really didn't end that way. When Bill Murray finally slept with Rita, it *didn't* break the loop.
- [Phil Connors and Rita gettin' busy under the covers of his bed.]
- They just kept having sex, night after night,
- [Bed containing Phil and Rita repeats.]
- February 2nd after February 2nd...
- [Calendar page repeats.]
- But nothing is forever. Not even forever
- And the day *after* that sexual infinity
- [Calendar page.]
- was February 3rd.
- 264 days later (the length of a pregnancy) was October 23rd --
- [An enormous explosion in space.]
- Bishop Ussher's date for the birth of our world.