Monday, November 20, 2006

Why "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the best book on earth...

Hello there,

Quote of the Day:
USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population.
~David Letterman

*grin*

For those of you who have seen The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a movie, it is nice. For those of you who have read the books, fall on the floor and laugh :D!!!! I saw the movie some time ago, and i thought it was pretty funny, but not extremely, but now i've read the books (well, only parts, but i'm still reading) and it's hilarious!!! (Not the best book on earth, i mean, there is still the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings, but these books are GREAT!)

I got some great quotes out of them:

One thing Hitchhikers always have with them is a towel, this is why:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxa has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
A towels, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini-raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal; and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit, etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have 'lost'. What the strang will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase which has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in 'Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really know where his towel is'. (Sass: know, be aware of, meet; Hoopy: really together guy; Frood: really amazingly together guy).

*laugs like a lunatic* :D:D:D

Another great part, about the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation (some organization):

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as 'a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes', with a footnote to the effect that the editors would welcome applications from anyone interested in taking over the post of robotic correspondent.
Curiously enough, an edition of The Encyclopaedia Galactica that had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from a thousand years in the future defined the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as 'a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came'.

Don't you love it :D.

I can highly recommend the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" to you, as well as its sequels: "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", "Life, Universe and Everything", "So long and thanks for all the Fish" and "Mostly Harmless".

Tomorrow something about True Duffering :D.

See you,

~Lieke

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