36421,125The sound of one hand clapping
The problem, of course, is that no one knows what the question is.
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"It's the first helpful or intelligible thing anyone's said to me all day."
Vogon poetry.The poetry of Azgoths of Kria.The poetry of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, of 37 Wasp Villas, Greenbridge, Essex, GB10 1LL.
The Vogons were, of course, third, and the Azgoths second.
Jennings's was destroyed along with the Earth.
Because it failed to meet Galactic Empire Health and Safety planning regulations.Because it was blocking the view of a particularly nice nebula from Betelgeuse.To make way for a hyperspace bypass.No particular reason.
Frood, hoopy, sass, towel.Towel, sass, frood, hoopy.Sass, hoopy, frood, towel.Sass, frood, hoopy, towel.
"Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy."
The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.Jynnan Tonnyx.Ouisghian Zodah.
Its effects are similar to "having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick"
The dolphinsThe miceThe kakaposHumans
Mice are merely "the protrusion into our dimension of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings" who originally commissioned the creation of the Earth.
Of course it all rather backfired on them in the end.
"Small, flat and light brown.""To float aimlessly.""A lightless void from which no starship can escape.""A religious holiday celebrated by some members of an ape-like species on a planet orbiting a small, unregarded yellow sun in the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy."
It's a pure, meaningless coincidence, though.
Monkeys, HamletMonkeys, MacbethAccountants, HamletAccountants, Macbeth
At an improbability factor of… oh I don't know, but something very large.
Maths and astrophysics.French and economics.Biology and medicine.Aerospace engineering and psychology.
Which is why she went along with Zaphod.
"After all, with a degree in maths and another in astrophysics, what else was there to do? It was either that or the dole queue again on Monday.”
"I don't know, apathetic bloody planet, I've no sympathy at all.""Please do not open this door.""Property of Genghis Khan. If lost, please return to…""Beware of the Leopard."
It's where the plans for the demolition of Arthur's house were "on display".
"It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.'”
It's a reference to the Darwinian model of "fitness", as in "survival of…"It's an archaic term for a section of a poem, like a stanza, used by Lewis Carroll.It's an in-joke referring to Adams's wife's efforts to get him to do exercise rather than spend all day in front of his computer.It's a reference to a character, Scrambius Fit the Ovoladian Tremendor, who was in Adams's original draft but cut by his editor.
It's the Lewis Carroll thing.
His The Hunting of the Snark was subtitled "An Agony in Eight Fits".
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