History Literature / TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse

21st Apr '16 12:55:02 AM PaulA
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* ICantLookGesture: A variant; "Joo Janta Peril sensitive sunglasses" instantly turn completely opaque if anything dangerous or threatening appears to spare you the sight of it.


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* ShoutOut: To the Music/PinkFloyd song "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun". It's mentioned that "the loudest group of all times", called Disaster Area, destroyed a spaceship by directing it into a star. Adams was a friend of Music/PinkFloyd guitarist David Gilmour.
18th Apr '16 8:24:47 AM Scorntex
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* AskAStupidQuestion: On asking what Marvin was doing in a car park, Trillian is informed he was parking cars. What else does one do in a car park?
* BadBoss: Prostechnic Vogon Jeltz is reintroduced having killed off half of his crew in a training exercise.


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* BrickJoke: On first meeting Zarniwoop, Zaphod wants to hit him for his annoying smile. Later on, Zarniwoop does it again, and this time Zaphod does punch him.


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* CrapsackWorld: Frogstar World B is a bleak, miserable place that long ago passed the Shoe Event Horizon. Now the only things left are the birdlike natives, and the crashed buildings used to carry the victims of the Total Perspective Vortex.


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* GoneHorriblyRight: The man who built the Total Perspective Vortex was a HenpeckedHusband whose wife constantly told him to "get a sense of proportion". He built the machine to show her that the one thing a healthy mind ''cannot'' have is a sense of proportion.
* GrumpyOldMan: Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth. Part of the reason he reluctantly saves Zaphod and everyone else is because he doesn't want them "slouching around" the afterlife. He also takes the time to criticise Zaphod thoroughly while doing so.


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* MindRape: The Total Perspective Vortex shows the person plugged into it the universe, in all its vast incomprehensible size, and themselves in comparison. Since no mind can withstand this, they go mad and die.


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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Subverted. While something as horrific as the Total Perspective Vortex probably should be, it is in fact powered by nothing more than a humble fairy cake.
29th Dec '15 2:02:33 PM morenohijazo
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* BioData: Earth is the computer that Deep Thought created to discover the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Because he was a part of Earth's organic matrix, the Question (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) is stored in Arthur Dent's brain wave patterns. Near the end of the book he and Ford Prefect try to discover the Question by introducing a random element that can be shaped by that pattern - drawing Scrabble tiles from a bag without looking.
16th Nov '15 10:41:47 PM TARINunit9
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* BogglesTheMind: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Arthur, when he pulls out Scrabble tiles at random in an attempt to reveal the Ultimate Question from his subconscious, and reveals "[[spoiler:WHATDOYOUGETIFYOUMULTIPLYSIXBYNINE]]".

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* BogglesTheMind: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Arthur, when he pulls out Scrabble tiles at random while blindfolded in an attempt to reveal the Ultimate Question from his subconscious, and reveals "[[spoiler:WHATDOYOUGETIFYOUMULTIPLYSIXBYNINE]]"."[[spoiler:WHATDOYOUGETIFYOUMULTIPLYSIXBYNINE]]".
** [[spoiler:This entire incident was inspired by a chimp spelling out "FOURTY TWO"]].
23rd Sep '15 4:44:45 PM nombretomado
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* NorseMythology: A group of small Asgardian deities dines at Milliways, marking the start of the Adams-verse's flirtation with ancient Scandinavia.
18th May '15 6:26:07 AM morenohijazo
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* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: Marvin stops a gigantic robot tank from crossing a bridge by doing nothing by standing there and telling the tank that he wasn't given any weapons to protect himself with. This sad tale throws the tank into a fit of destructive rage, with which it takes out the floor underneath itself.
16th Apr '15 5:41:00 PM morenohijazo
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* WatchTheWorldDie: Also mentioned is its counterpart, the Big Bang Burger Bar, where you can go to watch the universe being born.
29th Dec '14 10:21:14 AM nombretomado
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'''''The Restaurant at the End of the Universe''''' is the second book in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy. It constitutes the second half of author DouglasAdams' original radio story; due taking a legendarily long time to finish his manuscripts, he couldn't fit the whole thing into one book and his publishers told him to just give them what he had and that they'd publish the rest separately later. Those familiar with the [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio series]] knew what to expect here before ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' took them to wholly new pastures.

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'''''The Restaurant at the End of the Universe''''' is the second book in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy. It constitutes the second half of author DouglasAdams' Creator/DouglasAdams' original radio story; due taking a legendarily long time to finish his manuscripts, he couldn't fit the whole thing into one book and his publishers told him to just give them what he had and that they'd publish the rest separately later. Those familiar with the [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio series]] knew what to expect here before ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' took them to wholly new pastures.
28th Mar '14 3:58:58 PM LBHills
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* EpicFail: Arthur's attempt to get the drink replicator to make a decent cup of tea causes the ship to shut itself down just to figure it out, nearly getting the crew killed.

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* EpicFail: Arthur's attempt to get the drink replicator to make a decent cup of tea causes the ship to shut itself down just to figure it out, nearly getting the crew killed. killed.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: All the ''useful'' citizens of Golgafrincham relieve their planet of excess population by tricking all their planet's [[AcceptableTarget middle-managers, telephone sanitizers, advertising executives]] and so forth into believing that a nasty (if ill-defined) apocalypse is threatening their world, packing them all onto an enormous ark, and shooting them off to crash-land on some InsignificantLittleBluePlanet. After which they get on with rich, fulfilling lives until they are all killed by a nasty disease contracted from a dirty telephone.
28th Mar '14 3:54:32 PM LBHills
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* VengefulVendingMachine: Arthur Dent, sick of getting bad tea from the Nutri-Matic machine, gives it a lengthy lecture on the nature and history of good tea. The machine hijacks the starship's entire computing power to work on the problem, leaving the ship defenceless against a missile attack. Arthur gets his tea in the end, though.

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* VengefulVendingMachine: Arthur Dent, sick of getting bad tea from the Nutri-Matic machine, gives it a lengthy lecture on the nature and history of good tea. The machine hijacks the starship's entire computing power to work on the problem, leaving the ship defenceless against a missile Vogon attack. Arthur gets his tea in the end, though.
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