February 07 BotM Thread - HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

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Re: February 07 BotM Thread - HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALA

Postby TheButcher on Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:47 pm

From io9:
Today Is 101010: The Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question
Today is October 10, 2010. 10/10/10.
In binary, that's 42.
And 42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Or at least, that's what Douglas Adams says
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Re: February 07 BotM Thread - HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALA

Postby TheButcher on Thu May 12, 2011 6:57 am

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Re: February 07 BotM Thread - HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALA

Postby Bloo on Thu May 12, 2011 10:54 am

shit, has it been 10 years already?
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Postby TheButcher on Thu May 25, 2017 2:21 pm

It's #towelday, the annual celebration of the life & work of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy creator Douglas Adams.
A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-tohand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag = non-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc, etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with


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