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* ExpertInUnderwaterBasketWeaving: A girl in a sanitarium spends all day reciting letters and numbers. Her doctors have figured out that she's accurately reciting the New York Stock Exchange daily trades in chronological order. However, she does it 24 hours after it happens, so the doctors there think it's useless -- unlike if she were doing it 24 hours in advance. Thus, they don't really care why she's doing it. They even suspect that she's really faking it by somehow getting her hands on the numbers and memorizing them to repeat the next day.

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* ReallyFondOfSleeping: Odin really likes sleeping in the old folks home he's in. When he's not sleeping he's thinking about sleeping, or his bed, or fresh linens.

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* KillTheLights: Thor uses his powers to completely black out Kate's entire neighborhood in order to get her attention, inadvertently terrifying her in the process.


* ImpossiblyMundaneExplanation: When Dirk hears about a girl who repeatedly recites the previous day's stock quotes, he rejects the assumption that she's just memorizing them somehow (after all, the information is out there!) in favor of some more mystical explanation, because nobody would ever go to that much trouble. It's a little different since he's arguing on the basis of general human nature, not specific character, but the principle is the same. Dirk sums this up by reversing SherlockHolmes' usual maxim: Eliminate the improbable, and whatever remains, however impossible, must be the truth.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Dirk and his cleaning lady absolutely refuse to open his fridge, and try to trick others into opening it. He eventually has to call a fence to take his fridge away and replace it with a brand new, stolen one, which he vows never to use. [[spoiler:The old one has a god of Guilt burst from it to resolve the plot, in a DeusExMachina.]]

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* ImpossiblyMundaneExplanation: When Dirk hears about a girl who repeatedly recites the previous day's stock quotes, he rejects the assumption that she's just memorizing them somehow (after all, the information is out there!) in favor of some more mystical explanation, because nobody would ever go to that much trouble. It's a little different since he's arguing on the basis of general human nature, not specific character, but the principle is the same. Dirk sums this up by reversing SherlockHolmes' usual maxim: Eliminate the improbable, improbable (in this case, that this girl is masterminding an elaborate complex plot with no obvious benefit to herself), and whatever remains, however impossible, impossible (that she's getting the stock prices out of nothing through some unknown and unidentified source), must be the truth.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Dirk and his cleaning lady absolutely refuse to open his fridge, and try to trick others into opening it. He eventually has to call a fence to take his fridge away and replace it with a brand new, stolen one, which he vows never to use. [[spoiler:The old one has a god of Guilt burst from it to resolve the plot, in a DeusExMachina.]]DeusExMachina]].



* StalkerWithoutACrush: Dirk explains that he will pick a random car to follow if he gets lost while he's driving. He finds that while he seldom gets where he intended, he always ends up where he needed to be.

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* StalkerWithoutACrush: Dirk explains that he will pick a random car that seems to know where it's going to follow if he gets lost while he's driving.driving, a process he refers to as 'Zen Navigation'. He finds that while he seldom gets where he intended, he always ends up where he needed to be.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: It's strongly implied that the Draycotts are buying the likeness rights of various deities in their advertising campaign, then finding ways to palm the debt off on others [[spoiler: like Dirk's client]].



* HotPotato: Is the title of "Pugilism"'s new hit, which has a prophetic significance: [[spoiler: the contract the Draycotts struck with Odin apparently stipulated that they would die at the end of a fixed period, so they found ways of palming the contract off on others, resulting in the death of Dirk's client]].

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* HotPotato: Is the title of "Pugilism"'s new hit, which has a prophetic significance: [[spoiler: the contract the Draycotts struck with Odin apparently stipulated that they would die at the end of a fixed period, so they found ways of palming the contract off on others, resulting in the death of Dirk's client]].others]].

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* HotPotato: Is the title of "Pugilism"'s new hit, which has a prophetic significance: [[spoiler: the contract the Draycotts struck with Odin apparently stipulated that they would die at the end of a fixed period, so they found ways of palming the contract off on others, resulting in the death of Dirk's client]].

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* MorphicResonance: [[spoiler:At one point, it's mentioned that the eagle has a circular area of darker feathers on each wing. It's later revealed to be a transmogrified RAF fighter jet; RAF aircraft have a circular RAF emblem on each wing.]]


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Record players, airline checking in at the airport itself and pizza places not delivering definitely places this in the near past.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Record players, airline checking in at the airport itself and pizza places not delivering definitely places thos in the near past.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Record players, airline checking in at the airport itself and pizza places not delivering definitely places thos this in the near past.

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* PowerIncontinence: [[spoiler: Odin arranges for this to befall Thor in order to prevent Thor from interfering with Odin's plans. Thor finally gets a handle on it once he's able to blow off some steam.]]


''The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'' is Creator/DouglasAdams's 1988 sequel to ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''. It deals with multiple dimensions, Norse Gods, refrigerators, murder and record company contracts.

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''The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'' is Creator/DouglasAdams's 1988 sequel to ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''. It deals with multiple dimensions, [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse Gods, Gods]], refrigerators, murder and record company contracts.



* NorseMythology: "'An Act of God.' But which god and why?"

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Record players, airline checking in at the airport itself and pizza places not delivering definitely places thos in the near past.

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* {{Astrologer}}: The Great Gazanga is a newspaper astrologer who happens to be an old friend of Dirk's who knows his birthday. As a result, his predictions for Dirk's sign tend to be along the lines of, "Virtually everything you decide today will be wrong." Unsurprisingly, the paper's circulation has declined by nearly a twelfth since he took the job.


* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The eagle, a bird of prey which is not what it seems.

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* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: When Kate wants to discharge herself from the hospital and isn't allowed, she convinces the hospital they want her to leave by attempting to get a pizza delivered, something she knows is impossible in London. At one point she tries to get a motorbike courier firm to order and collect "an American Hot with a list of additional peppers and mushrooms and cheeses which the controller of the courier service refused even to attempt to remember".

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