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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby existential_elevator » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:00 pm UTC

So close, I'll give you 50 points...

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby no-genius » Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:45 pm UTC

Also, it took up way too much time. *pretends that foruming doesn't do that now*
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby existential_elevator » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:03 am UTC

Also: for the good of making it official, no-genius has now been awarded 200 points. Good for cookie-redemption.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Daelin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:39 am UTC

I read the whole series in-between calls at my old call-centre job, so I should probably read it again to enjoy it more.

But I have to say I liked the bit about God disappearing in a puff of logic.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby kellsbells » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:31 am UTC

I am quite fond of this scene, which I am sure you're all familiar with. (Spoiler'd for length)
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Another thing that got forgotten was the fact that against all probability a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence several miles above the surface of an alien planet.

And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.

This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment it began its life till the moment it ended it.

Ah … ! What’s happening? it thought.

Er, excuse me, who am I?

Hello?

Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life?

What do I mean by who am I?

Calm down, get a grip now … oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It’s a sort of … yawning, tingling sensation in my … my … well I suppose I’d better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let’s call it my stomach.

Good. Ooooh, it’s getting quite strong. And hey, what’s about this whistling roaring sound going past what I’m suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that … wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do … perhaps I can find a better name for it later when I’ve found out what it’s for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! What’s this thing? This … let’s call it a tail - yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good can’t I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesn’t seem to achieve very much but I’ll probably find out what it’s for later on. Now - have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?

No.

Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, I’m quite dizzy with anticipation …

Or is it the wind?

There really is a lot of that now isn’t it?

And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name - ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:47 am UTC

I've just listened to the Tertiary, Quandary, and Quintissential Phases again. So many funny bits, and the parts I was noticing most this time round were the slight changes to make it all come together in the end. Like the throw away line between Arthur and Fenchurch about reverse temporal engineering. Plus the new end-of-episode ads, and the changed ending which I really like in spite of general hatred for changes in adaptions.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby TheMagicalTurtle » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:02 am UTC

I just listened to the entire series of the broadcasts on a particularly long car trip (to and from), and I'm left wondering: Is there anywhere you can get a copy of the song sang on Krikket? I thought the movie soundtrack might have it, but no go, and I can't seem to find it with google :\

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:26 am UTC

I thought I had a copy, but it looks like I don't. The complete lyrics are in the relevant script book, for what that's worth. Do they play the whole song at the end of one of the episodes? If so, it shouldn't be all that difficult to grab from there.

I should know, I only listened to it last weekend. Long train trip, though, for me, not car.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby TheMagicalTurtle » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:26 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:I thought I had a copy, but it looks like I don't. The complete lyrics are in the relevant script book, for what that's worth. Do they play the whole song at the end of one of the episodes? If so, it shouldn't be all that difficult to grab from there.

I should know, I only listened to it last weekend. Long train trip, though, for me, not car.
Well, sorta. You can get part of it from the episode, then the rest from the end of it, but there's like a full lyric where the credits are still be spoken over it. The perfectionist in me is trying to find a version that isn't cut and pasted together like a ransom note.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:08 am UTC

Catching up on blogs today, I found this article about the Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (as in the Infocom game.)

From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documenting the rise and fall of the legendary interactive fiction game company. Among the assets included: design documents, email archives, employee phone numbers, sales figures, internal meeting notes, corporate newsletters, and the source code and game files for every released and unreleased game Infocom made.

For obvious reasons, I can't share the whole Infocom Drive. But I have to share some of the best parts. It's just too good.

So let's start with the most notorious — Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the unreleased sequel to Infocom's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For the first time, here's the full story: with never-before-seen design documents, internal emails, and two playable prototypes. Sit back, this might take a while.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby 3tard » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

So as it turns out, 9 times 6 equals forty-two in base 13.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:18 pm UTC

3tard wrote:So as it turns out, 9 times 6 equals forty-two in base 13.


"I may be a pretty sad person, but I don't make jokes in base thirteen"

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(It was unintentional. But still awesome.)
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby majikthise » Thu May 01, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

Towel Day last year: me and a fellow fan were sitting in the pub at lunchtime with our six pints of bitter and four packets of peanuts, and I accidentally elbow'd a large quantity of beer all over the table (stupid ghent). My proudest ever moment was immediately jumping up and proclaiming "it's ok, I have a towel!" before cleaning it up- but I don't think anyone else in the pub got the joke.

It's a shame that leap years mean we have to wait until 2017 for Towel Day to fall on a Thursday.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby existential_elevator » Fri May 02, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
3tard wrote:So as it turns out, 9 times 6 equals forty-two in base 13.


"I may be a pretty sad person, but I don't make jokes in base thirteen"

-Douglas Adams

(It was unintentional. But still awesome.)


I remember reading that, and it sure made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

@majikthise - that's pretty sweet. I always forget towel day. I have a friend who dreamed of constructing a survival-towel.. I'm not sure how far he got. I think he had a decent idea for a way to vitamin-enrich it.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby johnie104 » Thu May 22, 2008 2:28 pm UTC

Ok. So I saw the movie and quite liked it. So I went to the library and wanted to rent the first book in the series, but it was already rented out. So was book 2 and book 3. So I had to do with 'So long and thanks for the fish' (translated to Dutch, because I couldn't find the english version there). So, I've finished reading the book now and I think it is quite, well weird. <has anyone noticed that every sentence untill now starts with 'so'?> I thought I was still in the introduction of the book when I found out I was already somewhere around the middle in the book. The whole book didn't seem to make much sence too.

Now I ask of you:
Are all the Hitchhikers book this way?
Was it stupid of me to not read the series in order?
To the ones who have read the english version and a translated version: Am I missing out on something by not reading it in English?
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Moo » Thu May 22, 2008 2:42 pm UTC

johnie104 wrote:Are all the Hitchhikers book this way?
What, weird. Yes, I'm afraid so. But no more than the film.
johnie104 wrote:Was it stupid of me to not read the series in order?
I didn't think it mattered THAT much but I still think you probably missed out on the optimal experience. Listen to the radio broadcasts instead if you don't like the books that much; as much as I did like the books the radio series is still my favourite.
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This seems very, very likely. Not just for the sake of puns and such, but Arthur is so... English. I think perhaps something about the style gets lost outside the cultural context.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Fri May 23, 2008 5:51 am UTC

There are references to the previous books in each, but I don't think it would be a huge deal. I would second what Moo said though, listen to the original Radio Series first.

The first two books are adaptions of that, which was made up as it went along week by week. Making sense was optional. The later three books were written as novels, and I think that they sit together a lot better as a result. But it's all very random.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Clumpy » Sun May 25, 2008 7:55 am UTC

Daelin wrote:I read the whole series in-between calls at my old call-centre job, so I should probably read it again to enjoy it more.

But I have to say I liked the bit about God disappearing in a puff of logic.


Confuses the dickens out of me, that. Adams was a firm atheist, but that Guide segment sounds like a jab at atheists and fallacious arguments "proving" the nonexistence of deity ("Man goes to prove that black is white and gets killed at the next zebra crossing").

I didn't realize the possible double-entendre in the names Majikthise and Vroomfondel until a couple of weeks ago (although "Broomfondel", which I originally thought it was, would have been far more sexual).

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby existential_elevator » Sun May 25, 2008 10:05 am UTC

Clumpy wrote:Confuses the dickens out of me, that. Adams was a firm atheist, but that Guide segment sounds like a jab at atheists and fallacious arguments "proving" the nonexistence of deity ("Man goes to prove that black is white and gets killed at the next zebra crossing").


I'm not sure what flavour of atheist Adams was - I need to go back and double check - but I figured it was in the category of man trying to do what he clearly can not, such as prove/disprove God. It also keeps the nicely irreverent tone of the book up. I'm not sure it's the kind of series where he can really let anyone win :)

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Postby Clumpy » Sun May 25, 2008 10:55 am UTC

Yeah. That's also why I loved Bloom County - the politics were obvious but Berke was an equal-opportunity mocker.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby tinsin » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:50 pm UTC

Wonko the Sane would have to be my favorite.
He has a good point about the toothpicks.

"Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion." - Toothpick packet

I am currently listening to the radio show of the Hitchhiker's Guide, and I'm not sure whether the books or the radio was better.

Any opinions on this?

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Moo » Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:04 pm UTC

Radio. Definitely.

I read the books first, and listened to the radio series years after, and I enjoyed the radio series SO MUCH. One example, I didn't like the Marvin my mind made from the books. I never got what was so great about him. Then I hear the original Marvin on the radio, and I love him!

Yeah, I like the books, but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the radio series.
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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:14 pm UTC

In the next week and a half, I should spend ~20 hours in a car traveling. I've got the radio episodes downloaded and ready.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:02 am UTC

tinsin wrote:"Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion." - Toothpick packet
Has anyone actually seen this in the real world? I've looked since I heard it, but never found it.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Nebuduck » Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:53 pm UTC

Now, I realise there will be two schools of thought on this, one group of people will want to burn me alive, and the other will think the idea is awesome. I imagine the second group will consist of me, and the former of everyone else. Well, here goes:

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Opera.

Get the team from Jerry Springer: The Opera onto it, and I'm sure it could be truly awesome.

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby JayDee » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:35 am UTC

I don't know, a Hitchhikers Musical could be alright, in theory. Maybe.

I think there really should be a Space Opera Opera, comedic or not. If comedic (perhaps inspired by H2G2, rahter than based on, which I think would be a better idea. Unless you were planning to capatalise on the ridiculous number of adaptions) it could even have that as a title.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby existential_elevator » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:55 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:I don't know, a Hitchhikers Musical could be alright, in theory. Maybe.

I think there really should be a Space Opera Opera, comedic or not. If comedic (perhaps inspired by H2G2, rather than based on, which I think would be a better idea. Unless you were planning to capitalise on the ridiculous number of adaptations) it could even have that as a title.


Agreed.
A Space Opera Opera is what we've all been waiting for, surely?

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Cryopyre » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:56 am UTC

Good news, I just bought the gilded series. I now have it behind bulletproof glass.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:04 am UTC

Oh how I wish I could post more!

I've only read the first book but I loved it. It's so funny and out there, and it had me laughing out loud several times. I've got all the books in pdf and word documents, but I refuse to read them because I finally found book number 2 and 3 and want to buy them. Just, you know, being a student really leaves you strapped for money. And I also want to get Slaughterhouse Five, not to mention the other books I have piled up that I haven't read. *sigh*


As for favorite quotes, there's one I read back when I wasn't familiar with the series but it struck me as funny nonetheless, I think it's from the opening of book 2 The Restaurant At The End of the Universe.

"In the Beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Moo » Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:49 pm UTC

*giggles for the umpteenth time at funny universe quote*
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Postby Upsilon » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:02 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:Has anyone actually seen this in the real world? I've looked since I heard it, but never found it.

I've seen it. I think it was in a restaurant somewhere. The instructions were nearly identical to the ones in the book.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Rowsdower » Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:55 am UTC

I'm almost done with the second one. They're absolutely awesome and hilarious. Although it makes me strangely incredibly homesick, and when I stop reading I'm so flipping glad the earth hasn't been destoryed.

I love Marvin. He's depressingly hiliarous. But my absolute favorite part (other than the Sperm Whale thing) was the bit with the Dish of the Day:

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"A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox's table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have been an ingratiating smile on its lips.
'Good evening', it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches, 'I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in the parts of my body?' It harrumphed and gurgled a bit, wriggled its hind quarters in to a more comfortable position and gazed peacefully at them. Its gaze was met by looks of startled bewilderment from Arthur and Trillian, a resigned shrug from Ford Prefect and naked hunger from Zaphod Beeblebrox.
'Something off the shoulder perhaps?' suggested the animal, 'Braised in a white wine sauce?'
'Er, your shoulder?' said Arthur in a horrified whisper.
'But naturally my shoulder, sir,' mooed the animal contentedly, 'nobody else's is mine to offer.' Zaphod leapt to his feet and started prodding and feeling the animal's shoulder appreciatively.
'Or the rump is very good,' murmured the animal. 'I've been exercising it and eating plenty of grain, so there's a lot of good meat there.' It gave a mellow grunt, gurgled again and started to chew the cud. It swallowed the cud again.
'Or a casselore of me perhaps?' it added.
'You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it?' whispered Trillian to Ford.
'Me?' said Ford, with a glazed look in his eyes, 'I don't mean anything.'
'That's absolutely horrible,' exclaimed Arthur, 'the most revolting thing I've ever heard.'
'What's the problem Earthman?' said Zaphod, now transfering his attention to the animal's enormous rump.
'I just don't want to eat an animal that's standing there inviting me to,' said Arthur, 'It's heartless.'
'Better than eating an animal that doesn't want to be
eaten,' said Zaphod.
'That's not the point,' Arthur protested. Then he thought about it
for a moment.
'Alright,' he said, 'maybe it is the point. I don't care, I'm not going to think about it now. I'll just ... er ... I think I'll just have a green salad,' he muttered.
'May I urge you to consider my liver?' asked the animal, 'it must be very rich and tender by now, I've been force-feeding
myself for months.'
'A green salad,' said Arthur emphatically.
'A green salad?' said the animal, rolling his eyes disapprovingly
at Arthur.
'Are you going to tell me,' said Arthur, 'that I shouldn't have
green salad?'
'Well,' said the animal, 'I know many vegetables that are very clear on that point. Which is why it was eventually decided to cut through the whoile tangled problem and breed an animal that actually wanted to be eaten and was capable of saying so clearly and distinctly. And here I am.'
It managed a very slight bow.
'Glass of water please,' said Arthur.
'Look,' said Zaphod, 'we want to eat, we don't want to make a meal of the issues. Four rare stakes please, and hurry. We haven't eaten in five hundred and seventy-six thousand million years.' The animal staggered to its feet. It gave a mellow gurgle.
'A very wise coice, sir, if I may say so. Very good,' it said, 'I'll just nip off and shoot myself.' He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur. 'Don't worry, sir,' he said, 'I'll be very humane.' It waddled unhurriedly off to the kitchen.


Anyway, I think they're great, despite the fact that I am the opposite of Athiest.
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Cryopyre » Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:26 am UTC

Another cool thing to check out, The Salmon of DOubt. Probably mentioned before, but it's absolutely hilarious and filled with many smaller stories.
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Postby DarkKnightJared » Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:13 am UTC

I borrowed the complete series at my library a few years back, but reading it every single second I got tired me greatly after the third book or so. Been meaning to buy my own copy and finish it.

A quote that's stuck to me for reasons I'm still fuzzy on is in either the third or forth book, where it starts with Arthur and Ford at the beginning of Earth, with Arthur coming out of his cave and proclaiming to the sky, "I WILL GO MAD!" The line has popped into my mind way more times then I can count, espicially on bad waking-up days.

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Postby JayDee » Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:27 am UTC

DarkKnightJared wrote:Arthur coming out of his cave and proclaiming to the sky, "I WILL GO MAD!" The line has popped into my mind way more times then I can count, espicially on bad waking-up days.
Heh. I love that bit. Even better in the Radio version, I think. Listening to Arthur carry on conversations with the Sycamores and Elms.
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Postby Moo » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:11 am UTC

"Islington has that effect on people, even two million years ago".
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Postby existential_elevator » Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:35 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:
DarkKnightJared wrote:Arthur coming out of his cave and proclaiming to the sky, "I WILL GO MAD!" The line has popped into my mind way more times then I can count, espicially on bad waking-up days.
Heh. I love that bit. Even better in the Radio version, I think. Listening to Arthur carry on conversations with the Sycamores and Elms.

You unintentionally reminded me of the bit where Ford is humming the first note from "mad about the boy"..

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

DarkKnightJared wrote:I borrowed the complete series at my library a few years back, but reading it every single second I got tired me greatly after the third book or so. Been meaning to buy my own copy and finish it.

A quote that's stuck to me for reasons I'm still fuzzy on is in either the third or forth book, where it starts with Arthur and Ford at the beginning of Earth, with Arthur coming out of his cave and proclaiming to the sky, "I WILL GO MAD!" The line has popped into my mind way more times then I can count, espicially on bad waking-up days.


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That conversation is really awesome.
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Postby Babam » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:33 am UTC

The entire plot tied to this qoute is beyond fantastic
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Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

Postby Random832 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:48 pm UTC

>_<

I remember a funny bit that I _think_ was from one of the hitchhikers guide books, where someone's name is one thing, they're called something else, their name is called a third thing, and what they are called is named a fourth thing (or something like that), and I wanted to quote it in this thread, but I couldn't find it. Can anyone help me out?


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