History Trivia / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

21st Aug '17 4:16:25 AM Sharlee
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** Also, the quip about needing "several inconveniently large buildings" to carry around a copy of the ''Encyclopedia Galactica''.
15th Aug '17 9:58:37 AM Gosicrystal
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Adams didn't write jokes in Base 13, but the fact remains that using THAT numerical base, 6X9 is indeed 42.

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* AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: Adams didn't write jokes in Base 13, but the fact remains that using THAT numerical base, 6X9 is indeed 42.
12th Mar '17 1:40:38 PM pvsage
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* {{Defictionalization}}: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."

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* {{Defictionalization}}: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them the results are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, {{Website/Slashdot}}, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."
12th Mar '17 1:23:15 PM pvsage
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* [[Defictionalization]]: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."

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* [[Defictionalization]]: {{Defictionalization}}: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."
12th Mar '17 1:22:08 PM pvsage
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* Defictionalization: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."

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* Defictionalization: [[Defictionalization]]: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."
12th Mar '17 1:20:49 PM pvsage
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* Defictionalization: Many bartenders have had a go at reproducing the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster; not surprisingly, most of them are almost, but not quite, entirely ''unlike'' "having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick". When asked about such drinks on Slashdot, Adams said "Unfortunately, there are a number of environmental and weapons treaties and laws of physics which prevent one being mixed on Earth. Sorry."



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Digital watches sure are a neat idea, huh? (In the later radio series, and the movie, they were replaced by mobile phones.)

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Digital watches sure are a neat idea, huh? huh?[[note]]One should remember that when the radio series and first novels were written, digital watches had power-hungry LED displays that needed to be activated by the opposite hand for the wearer to tell time, and the displays were unreadable in direct sunlight.[[/note]] (In the later radio series, and the movie, they were replaced by mobile phones.)
11th Feb '17 4:01:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeRelative: Sandra Dickinson's then-husband Creator/PeterDavison plays the Dish of the Day.
19th Nov '16 2:12:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: It took over twenty years to get made, in which case Creator/DouglasAdams had died.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/DouglasAdams' first choice for Arthur Dent was Creator/HughGrant.
** Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/RobertDowneyJr and Creator/WillFerrell were considered for Zahpod Beeblebrox.
** Creator/JayRoach was going to direct with Creator/HughLaurie as Arthur, Creator/JimCarrey as Zaphod and Creator/NigelHawthorne as Slartibartfast.
** The movie was first optioned in 1982 by producers Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross. Adams wrote three drafts for them per his contract. During this time, Medjuck and Gross were considering Creator/BillMurray or Creator/DanAykroyd to play Ford Prefect, but then Aykroyd sent them his idea for ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' and they did that movie instead.
** Around 1990, a then-unknown Creator/TimRoth was seriously considered to play Arthur Dent.





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\n* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/MichaelPalin was the original choice to voice the Guide, but he turned it down.

6th Nov '16 6:02:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TroubledProduction: Creator/DouglasAdams described the creation of the series as "not a happy production. There was a personality clash between myself and the director. And between the cast and the director. And between the tea lady and the director." Said director, Alan Bell, puts the blame on Douglas, claiming they used to make lists of his ridiculous unfilmable ideas, to which Adams would reply that Bell "cheerfully admits he will say what suits him rather than what happens to be the case. And therefore there's no point in arguing." John Lloyd, the producer and co-writer of the radio show, was annoyed that he was made "associate producer" (he felt that the fact his credit literally explodes in the ending credits was a comment on how meaningless it was) and thought Bell was too concerned with getting things done efficiently, rather than getting them done ''right''. The second series simply didn't happen: Adams wouldn't do it without Lloyd or Geoffrey Perkins; Bell wouldn't do it with them. It was suggested that Perkins could be script editor (since this would minimise his interaction with Bell), and he viewed the possibility of [[ScheduleSlip trying to wring scripts out of Adams]] under these conditions with horror. Adams then suggested replacing Bell with Pennant Roberts, who had directed several of his scripts on ''Series/DoctorWho'', but this was declined on the grounds that a writer having any say in the choice of director (or, for that matter, a drama director handling what was classed as a sitcom) simply wasn't done in those days. Nobody would back down, so...
20th Jul '16 6:28:34 PM Mankoi
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** Complicated further by the books being an adaptation of only the first two radio serials, while the other three books are original. The final three radio serials, meanwhile, are adapted from the books.
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