History Headscratchers / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

12th Jul '16 7:02:36 AM DocDish
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*** [[FridgeBrilliance That's why mattresses have labels on them that inform you not to remove it!]]
10th Jun '16 2:09:00 PM RDH1966
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*** It's just another Universe on the probability axis.
19th May '16 4:21:59 PM nombretomado
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** Ford's relationship with Arthur never struck me as inconsistent with either personality: Ford is mercurial, capricious and shallow. He rounds on Arthur the second someone he regards as cool - Zaphod - appears. Enjoying Earth and liking its inhabitants is a guilty pleasure for Ford. Arthur exposes Ford's slight geekiness to others (particularly Zaphod, of course). Having Arthur tagging along once Ford is back playing with the cool kids is a bit like having invited someone from your secret D&D group to a party of your cool mates on the spur of the moment. Their relationship reminds me a lot of Vince and Howard's in TheMightyBoosh: one party may have delusions of being too cool for the other one but ultimately that's the person they always return to.

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** Ford's relationship with Arthur never struck me as inconsistent with either personality: Ford is mercurial, capricious and shallow. He rounds on Arthur the second someone he regards as cool - Zaphod - appears. Enjoying Earth and liking its inhabitants is a guilty pleasure for Ford. Arthur exposes Ford's slight geekiness to others (particularly Zaphod, of course). Having Arthur tagging along once Ford is back playing with the cool kids is a bit like having invited someone from your secret D&D group to a party of your cool mates on the spur of the moment. Their relationship reminds me a lot of Vince and Howard's in TheMightyBoosh: ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'': one party may have delusions of being too cool for the other one but ultimately that's the person they always return to.
27th Apr '16 5:47:09 AM radams
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** Going into WMG here: perhaps it was the mice's decision, influencing Zaphod in some hyper-intelligent, pan-dimensional way? They seemed to know where they were going once they got to the planet. After the ship picks up Arthur, their first priority was to get to Magrathea and cancel the Earth Mark II.
19th Feb '16 4:08:50 PM CockroachCharlie
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* What is Marvin made out of, that means he could survive for over 500 billion years? Sirius Cybernetics don't build things to last!

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* What is Marvin made out of, that means he could survive for over 500 billion years? Sirius Cybernetics don't build things to last!last!
** Marvin states that with the exception of (i believe) the diodes down his left side, every single part of him has been replaced. It's not that he has lasted that long, it's that he keeps getting rebuilt.
19th Feb '16 3:55:42 PM CockroachCharlie
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*** You know what. To Hell with 42. The infinite improbability drive is the ultimate answer to life the universe and everything. Got a plot hole? Well, it's possible if not probable....
19th Feb '16 3:51:13 PM CockroachCharlie
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** I always got the impression that, since the answer on a universal scale, the equation was closer to X * fish * box * salad fork once held in the hand of an elderly gentleman = 42. Species of fish = ?
2nd Jan '16 6:06:44 PM DoctorNemesis
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** It's not just that it's depressing as that it's depressing ''coupled'' with being information overload. The joke is that the inventor's wife was always nagging him about getting a sense of perspective, when in reality an actual complete sense of perspective of your place in the universe would require you to have a complete understanding ''the entire universe'' first. As in, absolutely ''everything''. Yes, anyone who's read Carl Sagan's ''Pale Blue Dot'' can basically get the idea that in the grand scheme of things humanity is incredibly small and probably doesn't matter that much, but that's not the same as having a complete and exact understanding of just how incomprehensibly massive and complex the universe is on an atomic level. And how just exactly incredibly small and insignificant to a precise degree you yourself are when positioned within this complete and exact understanding of the universe on an atomic level.

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** It's not just that it's depressing as that it's depressing ''coupled'' with being information overload. The joke is that the inventor's wife was always nagging him about getting a sense of perspective, when technically she didn't have one either, since in reality an actual complete sense of perspective of your place in the universe would require you to have a complete understanding ''the entire universe'' first. As in, absolutely ''everything''. Yes, anyone who's read Carl Sagan's ''Pale Blue Dot'' can basically get the idea that in the grand scheme of things humanity is incredibly small and probably doesn't matter that much, but that's not the same as having a complete and exact understanding of just how incomprehensibly massive and complex the universe is on an atomic level. And how just exactly incredibly small and insignificant to a precise degree you yourself are when positioned within this complete and exact understanding of the universe on an atomic level.
12th Dec '15 12:45:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's not just that it's depressing as that it's depressing ''coupled'' with information overload. The joke is that the inventor's wife was always nagging him about getting a sense of perspective, when in reality an actual complete sense of perspective of your place in the universe would require you to have a complete understanding ''the entire universe'' first. As in, absolutely ''everything''. Yes, anyone who's read Carl Sagan's ''Pale Blue Dot'' can basically get the idea that in the grand scheme of things humanity is incredibly small and probably doesn't matter that much, but that's not the same as having a complete and exact understanding of just how incomprehensibly massive and complex the universe is on an atomic level. And how just exactly incredibly small and insignificant to a precise degree you yourself are when positioned within this complete and exact understanding of the universe on an atomic level.

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** It's not just that it's depressing as that it's depressing ''coupled'' with being information overload. The joke is that the inventor's wife was always nagging him about getting a sense of perspective, when in reality an actual complete sense of perspective of your place in the universe would require you to have a complete understanding ''the entire universe'' first. As in, absolutely ''everything''. Yes, anyone who's read Carl Sagan's ''Pale Blue Dot'' can basically get the idea that in the grand scheme of things humanity is incredibly small and probably doesn't matter that much, but that's not the same as having a complete and exact understanding of just how incomprehensibly massive and complex the universe is on an atomic level. And how just exactly incredibly small and insignificant to a precise degree you yourself are when positioned within this complete and exact understanding of the universe on an atomic level.
26th Nov '15 8:55:41 PM nombretomado
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** The [[Music/TheBeeGees Bee Gees]] thing: on his way to the total Perspective Vortex in the radio series, Zaphod is in the uprooted office building being tortured by a sadistic custody officer who is appointed specially to give him a hard time. allowed to beleive he's escaping, Zaphod ends up in an Alien Disco where the clentele are dancing robots (sirius Cybernetics again) and the smell of hot sweat is being sprayed over everything. The insane music playing does sound vaguely familiar, but I had to read the scripts to find out it's a Bee Gees anthem from ''SaturdayNightFever'' being played backwards and otherwise electronically mucked around with. It does sound like vile alien disco music, though, and turns out to be for the Frogstar Custody Officer's sadistic amusement.

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** The [[Music/TheBeeGees Bee Gees]] thing: on his way to the total Perspective Vortex in the radio series, Zaphod is in the uprooted office building being tortured by a sadistic custody officer who is appointed specially to give him a hard time. allowed to beleive he's escaping, Zaphod ends up in an Alien Disco where the clentele are dancing robots (sirius Cybernetics again) and the smell of hot sweat is being sprayed over everything. The insane music playing does sound vaguely familiar, but I had to read the scripts to find out it's a Bee Gees anthem from ''SaturdayNightFever'' ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' being played backwards and otherwise electronically mucked around with. It does sound like vile alien disco music, though, and turns out to be for the Frogstar Custody Officer's sadistic amusement.
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