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(BookRiot)   For towel day - the 42 best lines from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy   ( divider line
    More: Amusing, hitchhikers, Douglas Adams, galaxies, towel day, Betelgeuse, Dorothy Parker, meson, Bill Watterson  
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2013-05-25 04:10:15 PM  
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2013-05-25 10:27:57 PM  
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This Face Left Blank: tinfoil-hat maggie: This Face Left Blank: List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."

I remember when I first read that chapter or two having problems breathing from laughing so hard.

So it wasn't just me!  I was in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and I just COULDN'T read past those lines for several minutes.  I'd compose myself, go to back to the book, find where I left off (those lines) and attempt to not make a scene in public when I read them again.  I failed entirely.

Oh completely understand the writings of Douglas Adams are like acid best taken alone or with others that are experienced or you may be committed for being crazy : )
2013-05-25 09:43:24 PM  
1 vote:
List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."
2013-05-25 08:56:24 PM  
1 vote:
"Come along now or you'll be late"
'Late? Late for what?"
"Late. As in the Late Arther Dent. It's sort of a threat, actually"
2013-05-25 08:35:11 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:57:31 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:50:21 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:40:56 PM  
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2013-05-25 06:08:50 PM  
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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."
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