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November 13, 2007 6:12 PM   Subscribe

You know what will help young people in Pennsylvania embrace a career in health care? A video featuring a rapping groundhog that cost $4157 in taxpayer money.
posted by beaucoupkevin (50 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm outraged!!!
posted by mr_roboto at 6:19 PM on November 13, 2007


Anyone else hear "go G-Hog" as "go jihad" the first time around?
posted by hjo3 at 6:19 PM on November 13, 2007


I think I'd actually be OK with them spending a little more on this. Maybe springing for some lyrics.
posted by DU at 6:20 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


$4.1k? That's viral video gold right there. Worth every penny.
posted by delmoi at 6:20 PM on November 13, 2007


So, if it inspires five kids in the entire state of PA to go into medicine it has paid for itself in social cost savings? Sounds ok with me. 4k ain't squat.
posted by absalom at 6:21 PM on November 13, 2007 [6 favorites]


Wow, $4000. We spend that every 2 seconds in Iraq.
posted by ALongDecember at 6:23 PM on November 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


4k is a bargain.. G haaaaaaawg. I think it's more like 4 seconds, but what the hell.
posted by lalochezia at 6:30 PM on November 13, 2007


OMG, that's 10 John Edwards haircuts!
posted by brain_drain at 6:31 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Four Large? You want 4 large? Hey ... I got four large right here , Baby. In my pants.

Etc.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 6:33 PM on November 13, 2007


As a proud citizen of the Commonwealth, I approve. Please bring me an invoice for initialing.

Seriously, 4K? What did you pay for the suit, or did somebody already have one?
posted by Toekneesan at 6:37 PM on November 13, 2007


the point is?

absalom nailed it...

move on, nothing to see here....
posted by HuronBob at 6:41 PM on November 13, 2007


They used the word "zero" at the end of a line, and I was waiting with bated breath to see what they would rhyme it with.

And then they came up with "hero"! Which rhymes! Nice!

It's these sorts of displays of creativity that make me positive I could never be a Rap-Star like G-Hog.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:42 PM on November 13, 2007 [3 favorites]


I am not going to embrace a career in healthcare 'cause I'm a big pussy and I hate the sight (and smell) of blood and guts and rotten flesh and human excrement and having to deal with that sort of thing on company time.

I will, however, embrace a career as a rapping groundhog.

Seems like a cutting-edge field.
posted by jason's_planet at 6:43 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


$4k? Only if the production staff are recent DeVry graduates and the dancers worked for free.

So far, it's getting a lot more interested views from across the country than any other state-government-produced informational video I can think of. Pennsylvania got a bargain.
posted by ardgedee at 6:48 PM on November 13, 2007


beaucoupkevin -- the State of Pennsylvania thanks you. Your posting at MetaFilter is yet another point of distribution for getting our message out. Indeed, our $4,157 was well spent. No need for television advertising. Long live viral video on the Internets!!!
posted by ericb at 6:50 PM on November 13, 2007


It's these sorts of displays of creativity that make me positive I could never be a Rap-Star like G-Hog. -- posted by Greg Nog

But of course not. You're the Rap-Star G-Nog!!!
posted by ericb at 6:52 PM on November 13, 2007


It would be great if the folks behind this video figured that this outraged story would be their best shot to get it out there.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:52 PM on November 13, 2007


Wow, $4,000. We spend that every 2 seconds in Iraq.

Those are last year's figures (March 2006).

It's much higher now.

What the Iraq war could have bought us.
posted by ericb at 7:00 PM on November 13, 2007


so if a rapping groundhog sees his own shadow on feb 2 does that mean six more weeks of chill?
posted by pyramid termite at 7:14 PM on November 13, 2007 [6 favorites]


Chow Daddy
posted by greenskpr at 7:16 PM on November 13, 2007


so if a rapping groundhog sees his own shadow on feb 2 does that mean six more weeks of chill?

It means he'll run away like a BITCH.
posted by BobFrapples at 7:21 PM on November 13, 2007


McGruff will totally take him down with his wicked moves.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:31 PM on November 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


hell at this point I say elect G-hog to the Whitehouse, at least he'd be moderately entertaining... and if worst comes to worst we can threaten Pakistan with him unless they get their shit together.
posted by edgeways at 7:48 PM on November 13, 2007


I live in Pennsylvania, and wow, I've never been embarassed for my state before. Now I am.
posted by Zarya at 7:51 PM on November 13, 2007


Zarya-
Welcome to Pennsylvania then, I guess you are new?
posted by mrzarquon at 7:59 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Best use of my tax dollars ever.
posted by Kadin2048 at 8:04 PM on November 13, 2007


You'd be lucky to spend less than $4k of people's time just coming up with an idea for a commercial. Well spent.

If nothing else, it's worth it for reminding me to go watch We Know Something again.
posted by CaseyB at 8:25 PM on November 13, 2007


So, if it inspires five kids in the entire state of PA to go into medicine

Yeah but how many did it dissuade?
posted by shivohum at 8:29 PM on November 13, 2007


I'm not ashamed to admit that I love this video. The relentless, staring groundhog eyes, the giant, possibly magical "PA" amulet, the dancing Healthcare Honeys, the disturbing little tail sticking out of G-Hog's scrubs, all of it.
posted by phooky at 9:17 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Damn, the science is too tight.
posted by dhammond at 9:57 PM on November 13, 2007


I live in Pennsylvania, and wow, I've never been embarassed for my state before. Now I am.

Zarya-
Welcome to Pennsylvania then, I guess you are new?


Shit, it took me about a week to get embarrassed after moving to this state. I think it was a combination of getting carded to buy Superglue and the only slightly legal status of beer.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:16 PM on November 13, 2007


Zarya-
Welcome to Pennsylvania then, I guess you are new?


I've been here a little over a year.

I think it was a combination of getting carded to buy Superglue and the only slightly legal status of beer.

The whole alcohol thing bothers me more than embarasses me. I grew up in Louisiana, where we had drive-through bars on practically every corner. This having to only go to "special" state stores is annoying as hell. I want to get my booze at the same place that I get the rest of my groceries!
posted by Zarya at 10:44 PM on November 13, 2007


I read this as "raping groundhog," and I was really wondering how that worked with healthcare. I was a little disappointed to learn the truth.
posted by InnocentBystander at 11:00 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Just think. Instead of spending all that money on the war in Iraq, we could have hired 154,250,000 rapping groundhogs.
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:24 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


we could have hired 154,250,000 rapping groundhogs

If that doesn't win the hearts and minds of islamic terrorists, nothing will.

Seriously though, you could pay four grand for one day's consultancy. These people got a bargain. If only all public money was spent so frugally.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:10 AM on November 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Punxsutawney Dephilbrilate?
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:11 AM on November 14, 2007


They're not encouraging healthcare as a career, they're terrifying kids out of working in the "entertainment" field.
posted by ColdChef at 4:34 AM on November 14, 2007


There's some Urkel out there in a Philly junior high school whose classmates call him a faggot for reading high school biology books books for fun; that kid thinks G-Hog is totally dope, in fact G-Hog is that kid's only friend in the world, and that makes it well worth the four grand.
posted by The Straightener at 5:08 AM on November 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


This feels like a Michael Scott joint.
posted by Remy at 5:26 AM on November 14, 2007


$4157? He's a Succa MC. Safe-T-Rider didn't need any bling, nor Fly Gals - just one mic.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:19 AM on November 14, 2007


The whole alcohol thing bothers me more than embarasses me. I grew up in Louisiana, where we had drive-through bars on practically every corner. This having to only go to "special" state stores is annoying as hell. I want to get my booze at the same place that I get the rest of my groceries!
posted by Zarya at 10:44 PM on November 13 [+] [!]


I feel your pain. In Oregon we have to go to the liquor store, which is generally only open until 6 or 7 on weekdays and not open at all on Sunday. When visiting California it's always incredibly exciting to go to the supermarket and see row after row of new, shiny booze.
posted by nonmerci at 7:44 AM on November 14, 2007


That was great! As many have said, the 4K budget for this video is a steal. It seems genuinely "cool" unlinke most other PSA's. Maybe it just feels like a nostalgia trip since it's sort of homemade. Anyway, A+.
posted by JBennett at 7:58 AM on November 14, 2007


$4K is chump change in government spending. They spend more than that on expensed lunches.

It's also a pretty good price for a video of that length and type. I would almost say that the numbers might be wrong on the low side.
posted by lodurr at 8:36 AM on November 14, 2007


Zarya-

I spent 5 years in PA, then moved to Seattle, where the liquor laws are only a little more lax (state liquor stores, but atleast i can buy beer and wine in the grocery store).

Nothing like having to buy your beer by the case to help limit excessive drinking, especially in a roaring metropolis as Lewisburg.

But I was raised in CT, home of the Lieberman, so I feel embarrassed for any of my states I've called home.
posted by mrzarquon at 8:42 AM on November 14, 2007


A-YO.

I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought of Safe-T Rider when I saw this.

I was thinking of doing a "furry is mainstream" FPP, but I think all the relevant links have already been posted.
posted by ikkyu2 at 12:35 PM on November 14, 2007


Wow, that article is the sound of a reporter not getting it. This video is $4157 worth of Youtube GOLD!
posted by vorfeed at 12:50 PM on November 14, 2007


I totally thought this was an 80s PSA... until I saw the 2006+ hummer... Just wow. Do "Fly" girls still wear aerobic outfits?
posted by Debaser626 at 2:26 PM on November 14, 2007


In related news: FEMA Has Its Own Rap Song.
posted by ericb at 3:22 PM on November 14, 2007


Ahh! Those damn groundhog commercials are on constantly here! I think the current one has him on the set of The Price Is Right and.. I think he's singing something (possibly about various lottery games) to the tune of 'Monster Mash.' About as entertaining as those cavemen commercials that they turned into a shitty tv show (which is to say, not at all)!
posted by Mael Oui at 11:43 PM on November 14, 2007


Just fantastic.
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