History Funny / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

6th Jul '17 11:30:17 AM Scorntex
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* Arthur's battle with Mr. Prosser about finding the plans to demolish his house.
-->'''Mr. Prosser:''' The plans were on display.\\
'''Arthur:''' On display? I had to go down into the basement to find them.\\
'''Mr. Prosser:''' That's the display department.\\
'''Arthur:''' With a torch.\\
'''Mr. Prosser:''' The lights had probably gone.\\
'''Arthur:''' ''(acidly)'' So had the ''stairs''.\\
'''Mr. Prosser:''' But you found the plans eventually.\\
'''Arthur:''' Oh, I found them. In the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused loo with a sign on it saying "beware of the leopard"!
24th Jun '17 1:40:24 PM Scorntex
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* While leaving the Restaurant at the end of the Universe, Marvin reveals he could see The Answer inside Arthur's mind.
-->'''Arthur:''' ... and?
-->'''Marvin:''' It amazes me how you can manage to live in anything that small.
19th Jun '17 5:29:14 AM Scorntex
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** As to the man himself, on becoming a nuisance with his insistent claims, he was sent into tax exile, the usual punishment for people "determined to make a fool of themselves in public". Incidentally, Zaphod Beeblebrox is noted to have a moderately successful second-hand biro business...



-->'''Marvin:''' I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed right now.




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* Just after Marvin's introduction, we get the first mention of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation:
-->'''Guide:''' The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as "your plastic pal who's fun to be with". The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes". Curiously, a copy of the Encyclopedia Galactica that had fallen through a time warp describes them as "a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came".
* The Guide's summation of Earth, of all it's history, fauna, flora, every man and woman and child, every hero and tyrant and lover and poet that ever was: "Harmless". Later, thanks to Ford Prefect's fifteen years of unintentional research, it gets spruced up a little. To "Mostly harmless".
* The fate of the scientist who invented the Infinite Improbability Drive: Lynched by fellow scientists, when they decided the one thing they couldn't stand was a smart-arse.




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* The end of the saga of the two alien armadas swallowed by a small dog now comes with an illustration of said dog happily wagging its tail after having eaten them.
24th May '17 7:06:41 AM Scorntex
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* "They found only an old man who claimed that nothing was true, although he was later discovered to be lying".

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* The whole section on where missing pens go. One scientist figured they escaped via wormholes, and eventually tracked down where the pens supposedly fled to. "They found only an old man who claimed that nothing was true, although he was later discovered to be lying".




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* On the long-collapsed glory days of the Galactic Empire: "Men were ''real'' men, women were ''real'' women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were ''real'' small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."
* Marvin. Just... ''Marvin''. Right from the word "go".
-->'''Marvin:''' "Would you like me to pick up a piece of paper?" Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and you want me to pick up a piece of paper. Call that job satisfaction, because I ''don't''.






-->'''Trillian''': "Love and kisses, Zaphod"?! .... My whole planet destroyed because you thought someone wanted your autograph!

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-->'''Trillian''': "Love and kisses, Zaphod"?! .... My whole planet destroyed because you thought someone wanted your autograph!autograph!

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* The sadly no longer in print audiobook version of the books narrated by Douglas Adams himself. The man definitely [[LargeHam puts in some serious effort]] on the hammier characters.
20th May '17 11:21:22 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** The discussion about jynnan tonnyx, in which Adams manages to top the Pan Galactic GargleBlaster routine from the earlier book, telling how each civilisation in the galaxy has a drink whose name has the same phonemes, from "jinond-o-nicks", which is "ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature", to "Tzjin-anthony-ks", which "kills cows at a hundred paces".

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*** * The discussion about jynnan tonnyx, in which Adams manages to top the Pan Galactic GargleBlaster routine from the earlier book, telling how each civilisation in the galaxy has a drink whose name has the same phonemes, from "jinond-o-nicks", which is "ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature", to "Tzjin-anthony-ks", which "kills cows at a hundred paces".
26th Apr '17 5:48:14 PM JMQwilleran
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-->'''Lunkwill''': Take his brain!

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-->'''Lunkwill''': Take his brain!brain!
* Zaphod signed off on the order to destroy the Earth. Reason? He didn't realize what he was doing and thought he was giving out autographs.
-->'''Trillian''': "Love and kisses, Zaphod"?! .... My whole planet destroyed because you thought someone wanted your autograph!
18th Apr '17 12:50:36 PM Rday
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* During the disproving of God's existence we have this little gem:
--> Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
** This doubly funny for North American readers, who are largely unaware that this refers to what they would call a "crosswalk." Getting killed at a "zebra crossing" brings up images of being trampled on an African plain, which just adds an extra level of surrealism to the original line.
20th Feb '17 5:34:04 PM nombretomado
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* The conversation with Murray Bost-Henson, [[BritishNewspapers a tabloid journalist]], and his revelations that the "Rain God" trucker is real ("Do you know how much they're paying this guy ''not'' to go to Malaga this summer?"), that Arthur actually sent him to the papers in the first place - he suggests Arthur pose under a hosepipe as the "man who made the rain god rain", and the "Week of the Weirdos" segment about the mysterious flying couple (see above).

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* The conversation with Murray Bost-Henson, [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers a tabloid journalist]], and his revelations that the "Rain God" trucker is real ("Do you know how much they're paying this guy ''not'' to go to Malaga this summer?"), that Arthur actually sent him to the papers in the first place - he suggests Arthur pose under a hosepipe as the "man who made the rain god rain", and the "Week of the Weirdos" segment about the mysterious flying couple (see above).
10th Feb '17 7:31:54 PM cybertoy0
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10th Feb '17 7:30:01 PM cybertoy0
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'''Zaphod''': It is most gratifying that your enthusiasm for our planet continues unabated. As a token of our appreciation, we hope you will [[HaveANiceDeath enjoy the two thermonuclear missiles we've just sent to converge with your craft]]. To ensure on-going quality of service, your death may be monitored for training purposes. Thank you.

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'''Zaphod''': '''Councilman''': It is most gratifying that your enthusiasm for our planet continues unabated. As a token of our appreciation, we hope you will [[HaveANiceDeath enjoy the two thermonuclear missiles we've just sent to converge with your craft]]. To ensure on-going quality of service, your death may be monitored for training purposes. Thank you.
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