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.
A towel for survival
The answer to life, the universe and everything (42).
So long and thanks for the fish.
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.
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.
Are you aware that they’re making the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy movie? I’m really looking forward to it.
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.
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.
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.
You can rent the old BBC tv series on dvd for this also.
On my cubicle whiteboard I have “Answer: 42“. Oh and Dan, remember Ryan J.’s old box was called “Deepthought”.
Ah, but do you know what I mean if I tell you I have no tea? :)
Hmm…you’ve got me. I can’t think of what it means. I’m going to have to read the book again.
Hey – what about
‘Brain the size of a planet….’
‘Life? Don’t talk to me about Life’ etc
‘Resistance is useless’
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.