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(BookRiot)   For towel day - the 42 best lines from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy   (bookriot.com) divider line 85
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2013-05-25 12:20:32 PM
21. The disadvantages involved in pulling lots of black sticky slime from out of the ground where it had been safely hidden out of harm's way, turning it into tar to cover the land with, smoke to fill the air with and pouring the rest into the sea, all seemed to outweigh the advantages of being able to get more quickly from one place to another.
 
2013-05-25 01:16:20 PM
4. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-05-25 03:06:31 PM
Why did they only go to 42? Why not 50? Weird.
 
2013-05-25 03:22:42 PM

show me: Why did they only go to 42? Why not 50? Weird.


thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2013-05-25 03:33:21 PM

show me: Why did they only go to 42? Why not 50? Weird.


Nice try, troll.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster
 
2013-05-25 03:34:50 PM
I teleported home one night/ With Ron and Sid and Meg/ Ron stole Meggie's heart away/ And I got Sidney's leg
 
2013-05-25 03:35:54 PM

nekom: 4. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

Came for this, leaving satisfied.


That right there is my favorite line from all of fiction. If I could write a sentence half as awesome as that I'll consider myself a good writer.
 
2013-05-25 03:38:48 PM

puddleonfire: show me: Why did they only go to 42? Why not 50? Weird.

Nice try, troll.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster


:P
 
2013-05-25 03:44:51 PM
A disappointing lack of Vogon poetry...
 
2013-05-25 03:57:38 PM
When reading articles, my favourite is when the website jams its contents into a 350pixel wide column. Its amazing what total perspective it it puts on you when you're reading on a 1920px wide monitor
 
2013-05-25 04:00:53 PM
"Not again."
 
2013-05-25 04:02:14 PM

DuudeStanky: When reading articles, my favourite is when the website jams its contents into a 350pixel wide column. Its amazing what total perspective it it puts on you when you're reading on a 1920px wide monitor



You have a narrow view of life
 
2013-05-25 04:03:32 PM
I actually liked the recent movie.

There, I said it.
 
2013-05-25 04:10:15 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-25 04:16:17 PM
"You guys wanna get high?"
 
2013-05-25 04:37:36 PM
I cannot be blamed if you refuse to take interest in local affairs.
 
2013-05-25 05:23:47 PM
O freddled gruntbuggly, thy micturations are to me!
 
2013-05-25 05:27:08 PM
also ...

If it comes down to just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise

"When he heard the words 'integrity' or 'moral rectitude' he reached for his dictionary, and when he heard the chink of ready money he reached for the rule book and threw it away."

"The next one was a big one and thirty yards long- a coach-limoship and obviously designed with one aim in mind, that of making the beholder sick with envy. The paintwork and accessory detail clearly said "Not only am I rich enough to afford this ship, I am also rich enough not to take it seriously."
 
2013-05-25 05:27:49 PM

DuudeStanky: When reading articles, my favourite is when the website jams its contents into a 350pixel wide column. Its amazing what total perspective it it puts on you when you're reading on a 1920px wide monitor


Websites generally aren't designed to have the text flow past a certain length because long lines of text become difficult to read. That resolution is plenty wide enough to not need maximized windows.

Or you can zoom.
 
2013-05-25 05:36:38 PM
Beware of the leopard.
 
2013-05-25 05:38:03 PM
Oh, from the book.

/The book was a reboot.
 
2013-05-25 05:44:55 PM
time is an illusion. lunchtime doubly so
 
2013-05-25 05:46:24 PM
Missing, presumed fed.
 
2013-05-25 06:08:50 PM
Missed my favorite. Paraphrasing because it has been a few years:
"Artur was pleased. For once his day was going exactly as planned. Just ten minutes ago he had decided to go mad, and here he was chasing a Chesterfield sofa across a field on prehistoric Earth."
 
2013-05-25 06:09:36 PM

Absurdity: Missed my favorite. Paraphrasing because it has been a few years:
"Artur was pleased. For once his day was going exactly as planned. Just ten minutes ago he had decided to go mad, and here he was chasing a Chesterfield sofa across a field on prehistoric Earth."


Arthur obviously
 
Ant
2013-05-25 06:10:59 PM

Xanadone: I teleported home one night/ With Ron and Sid and Meg/ Ron stole Meggie's heart away/ And I got Sidney's leg


My favorite
 
2013-05-25 06:23:16 PM
I'd hoped the list would include the line(s) about humans not being able to think unless their mouths were moving.
 
2013-05-25 06:29:19 PM
I think I feel good about this thread.

/dies
 
2013-05-25 06:31:48 PM
Earth - mostly harmless
 
2013-05-25 06:36:16 PM
Goosnargh.
 
2013-05-25 07:14:01 PM
Im tho thore I can hardly pith!
 
2013-05-25 07:33:39 PM
Along with Towel Day, can we get a little love for the Glorious 25thy of May?

Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard-Boiled Egg!
 
2013-05-25 07:40:56 PM
Belgium!
 
2013-05-25 07:41:45 PM
Ford usually played to lose.
 
2013-05-25 07:47:11 PM
Xanadone:
You didn't have to get crude all of a sudden.
; )
 
2013-05-25 07:50:21 PM
20. It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

The perfect expression of "Adams logic." Plus, the way this entry was animated in the miniseries was perfecto.

OceanVortex: I actually liked the recent movie.

There, I said it.


Not that recent anymore - 8 years ago. As a fan from way back, I'm with you. It's not perfect, goodness knows. (Rockwell didn't get the tone of Zaphod's insanity right, for one.) But the same can very much be said for the miniseries. (Save for the captain, the Golgafrinchams were uniformly terrible actors). People didn't like it because it was different, even though it's exactly what Adams had in mind for the film. And anyone who blows it off because of the romance obviously doesn't know their "Hitchhiker's" lore.

Plus, Mos Def absolutely nailed the alien-ness of Ford. Yes, he doesn't fit Adams' physical description, but he really dove into the role. Pay attention to the way his default reaction to any problem or threat is to try to use his towel. He gets it.

Now, if you want to talk about something from the "Hitchhicker's" lexicon that's bad, we can talk about the fifth book. But I'm convinced Adams did that on purpose.
 
2013-05-25 07:57:31 PM
A favorite of mine that didn't make TFA:

"If you took a couple of David Bowies and stuck one of the David Bowies on the top of the other David Bowie, then attached another David Bowie to the end of each of the arms of the upper of the first two David Bowies and wrapped the whole business up in a dirty beach robe you would then have something which didn't exactly look like John Watson, but which those who knew him would find hauntingly familiar."

...if only because for a description so utterly absurd, esoteric, and hilarious, when you read it, you can somehow actually get a mental picture of what the guy looked like.
 
2013-05-25 07:58:47 PM

100 Watt Walrus: 20. It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

The perfect expression of "Adams logic." Plus, the way this entry was animated in the miniseries was perfecto.

OceanVortex: I actually liked the recent movie.

There, I said it.

Not that recent anymore - 8 years ago. As a fan from way back, I'm with you. It's not perfect, goodness knows. (Rockwell didn't get the tone of Zaphod's insanity right, for one.) But the same can very much be said for the miniseries. (Save for the captain, the Golgafrinchams were uniformly terrible actors). People didn't like it because it was different, even though it's exactly what Adams had in mind for the film. And anyone who blows it off because of the romance obviously doesn't know their "Hitchhiker's" lore.

Plus, Mos Def absolutely nailed the alien-ness of Ford. Yes, he doesn't fit Adams' physical description, but he really dove into the role. Pay attention to the way his default reaction to any problem or threat is to try to use his towel. He gets it.

Now, if you want to talk about something from the "Hitchhicker's" lexicon that's bad, we can talk about the fifth book. But I'm convinced Adams did that on purpose.


Your whole post is perfectly said, and Adams always was playing with changes in the adaptions.
 
2013-05-25 08:03:39 PM

100 Watt Walrus: Plus, Mos Def absolutely nailed the alien-ness of Ford. Yes, he doesn't fit Adams' physical description, but he really dove into the role. Pay attention to the way his default reaction to any problem or threat is to try to use his towel. He gets it.


Mos Def is hilarious. Loved him in Hitchhikers, just laughed at him again last night in Talledega Nights. I forgot about that cameo.

It's been a few years, I need to read the books again.
 
2013-05-25 08:09:49 PM
I always liked

"He  felt  that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether  they  were  enjoying it. "
 
2013-05-25 08:12:20 PM
And the bit regarding his mind not having total control of his hands and mouth at the same time during an event...
 
2013-05-25 08:17:55 PM

DuudeStanky: When reading articles, my favourite is when the website jams its contents into a 350pixel wide column. Its amazing what total perspective it it puts on you when you're reading on a 1920px wide monitor


Paragraphs are much easier to read when the lines are only about 60-75 characters long. willing the width of your 1920px wide monitor with characters would make readability a challenge. They could make a more flexible design that fills all that extra width with something, but that's a bit of a challenge too. In short, thank them for the readability even if the design is lazy.
 
2013-05-25 08:18:36 PM
27. "He was staring at the instruments with the air of one who is trying to convert Fahrenheit to centigrade in his head while his house is burning down."

Gets me giggling every time
 
2013-05-25 08:22:15 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Your whole post is perfectly said, and Adams always was playing with changes in the adaptions.


The whole point of the series is the little gags, clever lines, and situations. How the plot gets you there is beside the point, so putting Slartibartfast and the re-creation of Earth before the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is fine because all the points are there that make it fun. The movie did that and did it well. And the additions in the movie, like the opening song and the spatulas were awesome.
 
2013-05-25 08:31:18 PM
The movie was a failure because it wasn't funny. Mos was most cromulent as Ford, tho.
 
2013-05-25 08:31:33 PM
"There's all sort of stuff going on in dimensions thirteen to twenty-two that you really wouldn't want to know about... "
 
2013-05-25 08:35:11 PM
Ten minutes later, drifting idly through a cloud, he got a large and extremely disreputable cocktail party in the small of the back.
 
2013-05-25 08:47:35 PM
"It's the weird color scheme that freaks me. Every time you push one of these weird black controls labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to let you know you've done it!"
 
2013-05-25 08:48:34 PM

crotchgrabber: 100 Watt Walrus: Plus, Mos Def absolutely nailed the alien-ness of Ford. Yes, he doesn't fit Adams' physical description, but he really dove into the role. Pay attention to the way his default reaction to any problem or threat is to try to use his towel. He gets it.

Mos Def is hilarious. Loved him in Hitchhikers, just laughed at him again last night in Talledega Nights. I forgot about that cameo.

It's been a few years, I need to read the books again.


My favorite Mos Def line delivery of all time.

I had. A bad. Experience.
 
2013-05-25 08:51:38 PM
Its unpleasantly like being drunk - Whats so unpleasant about being drunk - Ask a glass of water.

Also, He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it
 
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