Funny / The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • "You'll need to have this fish in your ear."
  • The entire "whale and petunia falling to the planet" sequence.
    • The whale thinks, "I wonder if it'll be friends with me? Hello, ground!"
    • Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was, "Oh, No... Not Again!". Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.
      • In the third book, we do find out why the bowl of petunias thinks this. And we don't find out more about the nature of the universe.
  • Arthur and Ford imprisoned in the Vogon ship.
    Arthur: It's at times like this I wish I'd listened to what my mother told me.
    Ford: Why, what did she tell you?
    Arthur: I don't know, I didn't listen.
  • Ford being an utter troll a few seconds earlier counts as well...
    Arthur: So this is it, we're going to die.
    Ford: Yes... but. No. Wait a minute! What's this switch!?
    Arthur: Where!? Where!?
    Ford: No, I was only fooling. We are going to die after all...
  • And of course the scene with Zaphod and the Total Perspective Vortex. "Hey, is that a piece of fairy cake?"
    • "If I told you how much I needed this," he said ravenously, "I wouldn't have time to eat it." He ate it.
  • Oolon Coluphid's Trilogy of Philosophical Blockbusters: Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes and Who is this God person anyway?
  • In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
  • 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".
    • 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...
  • "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't".
  • "Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it."
    Ford: That's beside the point! The point is that I'm turning into a "perfectly safe" penguin, and my colleague here is rapidly running out of limbs!
    Arthur: Oh, that's all right, I've got them all back now...admittedly, they're a little longer than I'm used to.
  • Ford trying to continue an intellectual conversation and explain the beginning of the universe while hammered!
    Imagine, see, you get this bath. And it's made of ebony. And it's conical. And then you get some sugar. Or white sand. Doesn't matter. Sugar and/or sand. And then you fill the bath and open the stopper, see, and all the sand, all the sugar kind of spirals down. But that's not the clever bit. The clever bit is, you film it happening. No, wait, that's not the clever bit - the clever bit is when you go to watch the film, you put the film in backwards. So everything kind of spirals up to fill up the bath. [That's not how the universe began,] but it's a marvelous way to relax.
  • ''BELGIUM!''
  • Two in the Frogstar Scout Robot scene. First:
    *scout robot whizzes past*
    Zaphod: What was that?
    Hitchiker: Frogstar scout robot class A looking for you.
    *larger scout robot whizzes past*
    Zaphod: And that was...
    Hitchiker: Frogstar scout robot class B looking for you.
    Zaphod: And that?
    Hitchiker: Frogstar scout robot class C looking for you.
    *gigantic tank-shaped robot rumbles into view and demolishes nearby building with its tracks*
    Zaphod: Holy photon, what's that?
    Hitchiker: A tank. Frogstar scout robot class D come to get you.
    • This bit becomes even funnier in the radio version, where it's revealed that the scout robots actually knew Zaphod was there, and called the Frogstar tank to get him.
    • Second: Marvin has been left alone with no weapons to deal with this tank-robot. After a long guessing game in which the tank tries to discover what they've armed Marvin with to stop him, he finds out they didn't give him anything.
      Marvin: I'll tell you what they gave me to protect myself with shall I?
      Tank: Yes, alright.
      Marvin: Nothing.
      Tank (angrily): Nothing?
      Marvin: Nothing at all, not an electronic sausage.
      • The tank, after ranting some more, decides to take out his anger:
        Tank: I think I'll smash the wall down! *does so* I think I'll shoot down their bloody ceiling as well! *does so*
        Marvin: That's very impressive.
        Tank: You ain't seen nothing yet, I'll take out this floor too, no trouble! *does so... and falls down*
        Tank: Hell's bells! *smashes itself to bits on the ground fifteen stories below*
  • "For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen."
  • From the Secondary Phase, the book describes the motto of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints Department, "Share And Enjoy", and brings up how the company song is sung on special occasions by a choir of robots. Unfortunately, due to the expected malfunctions, the robots sing a flattened 5th out of tune. Hilarity Ensues, both in tonal dissonance and in utterly bizarre lyrics.
  • This little exchange:
    Ford: How do you feel?
    Arthur: Like a military academy. Bits of Me Keep Passing Out.
    Arthur: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?
    Ford: We're safe.
    Arthur: Oh good.
    Ford: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
    Arthur: Ah. This is obviously some strange usage of the word "safe" I wasn't previously aware of.
  • "We're going to get lynched, aren't we?"
  • "Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?"
  • A clever joke that you probably didn't get the first time round:
    Ford: It's unpleasantly like being drunk.
    Arthur: What's so unpleasant about being drunk?
    Ford: You ask a glass of water.
  • The revelation that the most offensive word in the galaxy is "Belgium" happens while Zaphod is dangling from his fingers thousands of feet in the air, and we learn that "it is only ever used by loose-tongued people in moments of extreme peril" because, of course, Zaphod is such a person. Sure enough, he uses it in an attempt to get Ford to rescue him ("Belgium, man, Belgium!"), but it doesn't work because Ford loses his footing and soon they're both dangling, leading Zaphod to top the "Belgium" gag:
    Zaphod: You stupid Ghent!
  • 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.
  • 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: I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed right now.
    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.
  • 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 from a thousand years in the future 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.
  • 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.
  • 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"!
  • Deep Thought pointing out to the philosophers how the wait for the Answer could benefit them.
    Deep Thought: So long as you keep slagging each other off in the popular press, and as long as you have good agents, you can keep yourselves on the gravy train for life. How does that sound?
    • In the book, the second flashback confirms that the two philosophers did exactly that, becoming the most celebrated pundits of all time.

Specific to the TV series

  • The illustration that pops up when the Guide says, "Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys..."
  • During the entry on Vogon Constructor Fleets, the visuals during the last part.
    • First, "The best way to get a drink from a Vogon is to stick your finger down his throat..."—image is simply text to the effect of "It's too disgusting to show you".
    • Second. "...and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal." First it shows the same images of the Vogon grandmother and the Beast from earlier in the entry, then it shows the latter actually eating the former.
    • The firelighters are labelled "another great idea from Beeblebrox Enterprises". Explains both so much, and so little.
  • 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.
    • Before that, the Vl'hurg and Gh'gravahnt War, depicted as an 80s video game, complete with score (final score - 1900 all). Then the dog gets its own score.
  • From when the ship lands on Magrathea, Zaphod tries bigging things up.
    Zaphod: (as music builds up) We are not going to be great. We are not going to be amazing. We are going to be... AMAZINGLY AMAZING!
    (music reaches crescendo)
    Marvin: Sounds awful.
  • The trigger happy cops giving Beeblebrox an ultimatum:
    Shooty: Beeblebrox, either you let us arrest you, and beat you up a little - though not too much, because we are opposed to senseless violence - or we blow up this entire planet!
    Bang-Bang: And also, one or two others we saw on the way in! (the two nods triumphantly at one another)

Specific to the books

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Oh sweet Jesus, everything. Just in the first few pages there's the bit about the word 'bulldozer' going through Arthur's head, Arthur in the mud, Genghis Khan, putting a bag over your head when the world is ending . . . trying to describe it all would barely be shorter than simply posting the entire thing.
  • The foreman in the first book, who is distantly descended from Genghis Khan and repeatedly has urges to go tearing around the countryside doing the standard maim pillage burn routine.
    "...with two large axes crossed over the front door. His wife wanted hanging roses, but he wanted axes. He didn't know why, he just liked axes."
  • This bit of dialogue a fantastic commentary on the human condition, and is delivered absolutely perfectly in the television version.
    "I'd rather be happy than right any day."
    "And are you?"
    "No. That's where it all falls down, of course."
  • The feelings that Deep Thought has for other computers. "The Milliard Gargantubrain?" said Deep Thought with unconcealed contempt. "A mere abacus - mention it not."
    • "Molest me not with this pocket calculator stuff!"
    • And then it claiming a few seconds later, on the subject of another supposedly 'Great' Computer:
    Deep Thought: The Great Hyperlobic Omnicognate Neutron-Wrangler can talk all four legs off an Arcturan Mega-Donkey, but only I can persuade it to go for a walk afterwards.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • "In the beginning the Universe was created. This had made a lot of people very angry and had been widely regarded as a bad move."
  • In the second book, The Heart of Gold was being attacked by a Vogon ship and they couldn't move because the ship computer was too busy trying to make tea. The force-shield started blistering and cracking under the sudden, unexpected attack. Ford thought it would probably hold for about four minutes...
    "Three minutes and fifty seconds," he said a short while later.
    "Forty-five seconds," he added at the appropriate time. He flicked idly at some useless switches, then gave Arthur an unfriendly look.
    "Dying for a cup of tea, eh?" he said. "Three minutes and forty seconds."
    "Will you stop counting!" snarled Zaphod.
    "Yes," said Ford Prefect, "In three minutes and thirty-five seconds."
    • The original version of that exchange (in the radio program) was also hilarious:
      Arthur: I'm sorry, it's just that I was dying for a cup of tea!
      Zaphod: You soon will be, baby!
  • The Dangers Of Teleportation
    I teleported home one night
    With Ron and Sid and Meg
    Ron stole Meggie's heart away
    And I got Sidney's leg.
  • The first thing that hit their eyes was what appeared to be a coffin. [pause] And the next four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine things that hit their eyes were also coffins.
  • The Golgafrinchans are fairly stupid, but the Captain is absolutely hilarious.
    Number Two: Sir! They are trespassing on the ship!
    Captain: Oh, I expect that they probably just dropped in for a quick jynnan tonnyx, don't you, Number Two?
    • And then later...
    Number Two: May I remind you... that you have been in that bath for three years?!
  • The discussion about jynnan tonnyx, in which Adams manages to top the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 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".
  • The hilariously dark "Let's Meet the Meat" scene.
    ''"A very wise choice, sir, if I may say so. Very good," it said, "I'll just nip off and shoot myself."
    He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur.
    "Don't worry, sir," he said, "I'll be very humane."
  • The whole future tenses discussion, with the book by 'Dr. Dan Streetmentioner' that was so dense that it was mostly left blank to save on printing costs, and the "If You've Done Six Impossible Things This Morning" advert for the Restaurant At The End of Universe.
    All you have to do is deposit one penny in a savings account in your own era, and when you arrive at the End of Time the operation of compound interest means that the fabulous cost of your meal has been paid for. This, many claim, is not merely impossible but clearly insane
  • The Golgafrinchans are trying to invent fire and aren't having much luck...
    Golgafrinchan Girl: When you've been in marketing as long as I have, you'll know that before any new product can be developed it has to be properly researched. We’ve got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them.
    Ford Prefect: Go stick it up your nose.
    Golgafrinchan Girl: Which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know. Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?
  • There is one man who was specially selected to be the behind-the-scenes political ruler of the known universe. Because he takes nothing for granted. Nothing.
    Ruler (to his cat): When the men come - or, when in my mind the men come to ask me questions, do they come in your mind too, kitty? Perhaps you think they're singing songs to you. (considers this for a moment) Perhaps they are coming here to sing songs to you, and I only think they're asking me questions. Who can tell? Who can tell...
  • The entire discussion on the Universe, its population (none, apparently, due to convoluted reasoning. Any people you do meet can be dismissed as the products of a deranged imagination), money (none... sort of. There is money, but it's either impossible to use, or has collapsed), and sex (a heck of a lot, because all those imaginary people have to do something with their time.)

Life, the Universe and Everything

  • The description of Arthur's living quarters, and his reaction to being reminded of it every morning.
    It wasn't that the cave was dark. It wasn't that it was damp and smelly. It was that the cave was in the middle of Islington, and there wasn't a bus due by for two million years.
  • Arthur's encounter with Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged: "You're a jerk, Dent. A complete kneebiternote ."
  • Even trapped together on prehistoric Earth, the Ford-and-Arthur comedy act continues.
    Ford: I have detected eddies in the space-time continuum.
    Arthur: Is he? [...] What's that sofa doing here?!
    Ford: I told you! Eddies in the space-time continuum!
    Arthur: And...this is his sofa, is it?
    • Ford's elaboration on his temporary madness right before it is even better.
      Arthur: I thought you must be dead...
      Ford: So did I for a while, and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.
      Arthur: Where did you...?
      Ford: Find a gin and tonic? I found a small lake that thought it was a gin and tonic, and jumped in and out of that. At least, I think it thought it was a gin and tonic. I may have been imagining it.
    • And the brief return many chapters later:
      Slartibartfast: Eddies in the space-time continuum you see.
      Arthur: So I hear.
  • "There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
  • "...except for your sudden obsession with whelks."
  • Remember those poor, doomed petunias? Remember them thinking Oh no, not again? Well, it turns out to be a brick joke - a set-up for proof that Arthur really is the Butt-Monkey of the universe.
    ''Arthur realized that the arm [of his statue] that had previously confused him was meant to be seen summarily conjuring a bowl of doomed petunias into existence. This was not a concept that leapt readily to the eye.
    • Made even funnier in the audiobook, due to Agrajag being a Large Ham.
  • The conversation between the cricket commentators about "mysterious materialisations on the pitch", to anyone who has heard "Test Match Special" on the radio it sounds like exactly how they would react to such a situation.
    "Well the supernatural brigade are certainly out in force", a radio burbled happily to itself.
  • The "rules" to Brockian Ultra Cricket:
    "The winning team shall be the first team that wins."

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

  • The old lady on the plane, looking on as Arthur and Fenchurch join the mile-high club in the most unconventional way possible.
  • Arthur's phone-call to his former employer.
  • The conversation with Murray Bost-Henson, 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).
  • The 'chronicler' Breaking the Fourth Wall and addressing the reader directly, possibly after being asked too many questions about Arthur Dent's personal life, is a hilarious strop on Douglas Adams part:
    "This Arthur Dent" comes the cry from the furthest reaches of the galaxy, and has even now been found inscribed on a mysterious deep space probe thought to originate from an alien galaxy at a distance too hideous to contemplate, "what is he, man or mouse? Is he interested in nothing more than tea and the wider issues of life? Has he no spirit? has he no passion? Does he not, to put it in a nutshell, fuck?"

Mostly Harmless

  • Arthur and Ford catching up in the woods. The entire scene.
  • Ford deliberately running up huge expenses as a restaurant critic, culminating in trying to charge the purchase of London Zoo and the entire hotel he is staying in to room service.
  • This quote early on in the book:
    The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has, in what we laughingly call the past, had a great deal to say on the subject of parallel universes. Very little of this is, however, at all comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well-established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionths of a second after the Universe began rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment at this time.
  • The fate of the history faculty of the University of Maximegalon:
    When the Infinite Improbability Drive arrived and whole planets started turning unexpectedly into banana fruitcake, the great history faculty of the University of Maximegalon finally gave up, closed itself down and surrendered its buildings to the rapidly growing joint faculty of Divinity and Water Polo, which had been after them for years.

And Another Thing...

  • Whatever else you may have to say about And Another Thing..., most of the business with the cows desperate to be eaten were pretty funny, especially the "I'll track down your entire family and not eat them!" bit.

Specific to the movie

  • The trailer. It's simply the in-universe's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's entry on "movie trailers", providing an example and a running commentary on the key elements. Guess which film it uses as an example.
    The Guide: The standard repository for all knowledge and wisdom in the universe is called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and it has this to say about movie trailers.

    Movie trailers are designed to give you an idea of the film in question in a very short space of time. [footage of Arthur waking up to find the bulldozers about to demolish his house] Typically, they begin with the introduction of a main character, who will very shortly have something utterly fantastic happen to him, that someone just had to make a movie about it. Often, this section is preceded by the words "In a world"....[Earth explodes]....but sometimes not.

    Trailers also normally employ A DEEP VOICE that sounds like a seven foot tall man who has been smoking cigarettes since childhood.

    The goal is to create a piece of advertising that is original and exciting, yet intelligent and provocative. In other words: lots of things blowing up. [cue montage of explosions from other movies] Occasionally interrupted by a girl in a bikini.
  • The airlock scene has an awesome moment of false hope being crushed for laughs: "So this is it? We're going to die?" "Yea, we're going to . . . No, no what's this? This . . . this is nothing; we're going to die."
  • "Ford?" "Yes?" "I think I'm a sofa." "I know how you feel." AHHHHHHH!!!!!
    • Also, the scene where after using the improbability drive, everyone is animated as yarn dolls, then Arthur vomits as we return to live action, with one yarn thread sticking out of his mouth.
    • See both scenes here.
  • One-headed Zaphod pretends he's shooting back at the attacking Vogons. Then he starts dancing like Michael Jackson.
  • Later, Zaphod keeps insisting the Vogon's homeworld is Magrathea.
    Zaphod: We made it! We're in Magrathea!
    Ford: It's not Magrathea.
    Zaphod: Yes it is! I know it!
    Ford: It isn't—
    Zaphod: Yes it is!
  • Trillian has been captured by the Vogons! How do they save her? By filling out a "Presidential Release Form". Yes, those exist. Of course, Arthur filled out a regular release form beforehand, only to be kindly informed by the Vogon secretary of his mistake. It's like one of those bad days at the DMV.
  • Ford, Zaphod, and Arthur sitting down while waiting for Trillian to be released.
    Zaphod: Who are we waiting for again? {Arthur visibly tenses; Ford quietly places a hand on his knee to calm him} No, I'm serious.
  • The things popping up from the dirt and slapping people's faces whenever someone thinks of anything.
    Arthur: Stupid!
  • The climax of the film; The Vogons are shooting everywhere, our heroes are cornered, and then Marvin the chronically-depressed robot picks up the Point-Of-View Gun. He pulls the trigger, and the Vogons become so depressed that they just topple over.
    Trillian: Marvin, you saved our lives.
    Marvin: I know. Wretched, isn't it?
    • The bit before that:
    As lasers are going in literally every direction, everyone's running, while Marvin just mopes along hopelessly
    Marvin: I don't know what all the fuss is about. Vogons are the worst marksmen in the galaxy. Ow.
  • On beholding an incredible double sunrise from space: "Incredible. It's even worse than I thought it would be."
  • When the Guide mentions Oolon Coluphid's books, Where God Went Wrong and Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes, their covers are, respectively, the female and male symbols.
  • Zaphod turns into The Chew Toy when Trillian turns the POV Ray on him repeatedly. Leads to a Mood Whiplash when Zaphod gets his hands on it, then tries to take revenge, but:
  • The "Really Deleted Scenes" from the DVD edition.
  • Ford and Arthur's reactions to Vogon poetry: Ford writhing in agony, Arthur... not so much.
  • Hearing Mos Def say the line "What if I told you I wasn't from Guildford?" is hilarious given that Mos Def is American. He doesn't even pronounce the town's name right!note 
  • The profoundly goofy smile Ford wears when he "introduces" himself to a Ford Prefect just sells the moment from the book.
  • The answering machine message left at Magrathea...
    Councilman: Greetings. This is a recorded announcement as we're all out the moment. The Commercial council of Magrathea thanks you for your esteemed visit, but regrets that the entire planet is temporarily closed for business. If you would like to leave your name and a planet where you can be contacted, kindly do so at the tone.
    Arthur: Closed? How can a planet be closed?
    Zaphod: For once, Aldus, I agree with you. Okay, computer. Keep going. Take us down.
    Councilman: It is most gratifying that your enthusiasm for our planet continues unabated. As a token of our appreciation, we hope you will 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.
  • This exchange when Ford and Zaphod try to convince Arthur to enter a portal...
    Arthur: We can't just jump into that-... that! We don't even know where it leads!
    Ford: If we- If we pick the wrong, we just- we come back; we pick another one. It's no biggy!
    Arthur: What?! It's a big-biggy, Ford! A big-biggy! I mean what if it rips us all into tiny little atomic... particle thingies?
    Zaphod: This is the right one! I have a hunch!
    Arthur: Ford?
    Ford: His hunches are good! Arthur, I say we go!
    Arthur: Go with a hunch of a man whose brain is fueled by lemons?!
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox's ad campaign. Appears on the soundtrack.
  • The Overly Long Gag of the camera jump-cutting into outer space while Ford is holding onto Arthur and trying to hitch a ride on a Vogon ship and Arthur is screaming bloody murder before Earth is destroyed by the Vogons.
  • The bit at the end where the two mice try to take Arthur's brain and Arthur talks about how the most important thing in life is to be happy. The mice respond, in high-pitched voices:
    Lunkwill: Rubbish! We don't want to be happy, we want to be famous!
    Fook: Yeah, what's all this 'is she the one' tripe?
    Lunkwill: Take his 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!


  • The sadly no longer in print audiobook version of the books narrated by Douglas Adams himself. The man definitely puts in some serious effort on the hammier characters.