hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

Two months ago I finished reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” for the first time. I had been meaning to do it for several years, but now that I have, I feel like I’ve been out of the loop. I had no idea there were so many references to things from the book.

Here’s a selection of a few that I picked up on. I’m sure there are more.

The Googleplex
A towel for survival
The answer to life, the universe and everything (42).
So long and thanks for the fish.
Don’t panic.
What’s unpleasant about being drunk? Ask a glass of water. (from Renee’s post)

After writing this Jason and Renee both referred to the book again, thus confirming my theory that the book is ingrained in our culture.


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  1. I love Douglas Adams, too. My favorite phrase from Hitchhiker is “hyperintelligent, pan dimensional beings,” but I don’t think that phrase is such a common one as the ones you listed. Also, 6×9=42.

    Comment by Jan on September 22, 2004 @ 6:10 pm
  2. Are you aware that they’re making the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy movie? I’m really looking forward to it.

    Comment by William Bragg on September 22, 2004 @ 6:13 pm
  3. Deep Thought (named for the computer in the book) was a chess playing computer built in 1989.

    I’ve seen numerous geek tests that say if someone says “I have a question”, and you immediately answer “42”, you are a geek.
    The Google calculator will give that answer as well.

    I personally have caught myself saying “It must be Thursday. I can never get the hang of Thursdays” after a bad day. And I wonder every once in a while if I should invent a purpose for my life, like that of Wowbagger, the Infinitely Prolonged.

    Comment by Tim on September 22, 2004 @ 6:45 pm
  4. Fun! I just finished re-reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a few days ago. I’m half hoping my wife will pick it up and enjoy it as much as I do.

    I think one of my favorite ideas in the book is the Improbability Drive.

    Comment by danithew on September 22, 2004 @ 7:31 pm
  5. William: Ah, you’re the one. I thought I had read something about the movie but I couldn’t find it. I’m looking forward to it.

    Tim: Thanks for the additions. I should have remembered Deep Thought (I did while reading it, just not while writing this blog entry).

    danithew: I should see if my wife’s interested in reading it. It was a really entertaining, fast-paced book. In fact, I’m thinking about reading it again.

    Comment by dan on September 22, 2004 @ 8:05 pm
  6. You can rent the old BBC tv series on dvd for this also.

    Comment by Cameron on September 22, 2004 @ 11:17 pm
  7. On my cubicle whiteboard I have “Answer: 42“. Oh and Dan, remember Ryan J.’s old box was called “Deepthought”.

    Comment by jason on September 23, 2004 @ 8:59 am
  8. Ah, but do you know what I mean if I tell you I have no tea? :)

    Comment by Meredith on September 27, 2004 @ 5:09 pm
  9. Hmm…you’ve got me. I can’t think of what it means. I’m going to have to read the book again.

    Comment by dan on September 27, 2004 @ 9:29 pm
  10. Hey – what about
    ‘Brain the size of a planet….’
    ‘Life? Don’t talk to me about Life’ etc
    ‘Resistance is useless’

    Comment by Marvin on October 13, 2004 @ 7:21 pm
  11. hey, yeah i’m only 18, but….i love HG2G i couldn’t put the book down and i’ve read all of the other books as well. it’s rare to find a book like that, with such nonsensical humor that kind of make syou think about your life….yeah anyway, i’m glad there are HG2G junkies out there other than myself. And i never knew that the website http://babelfish.altavista.com/ was an HG2G thing.

    Comment by Seklyan on April 22, 2005 @ 10:14 am

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