O n a Sunday in the spring of Douglas Adams was typing a letter.
Keeping the idea safe, Adams hitched to Istanbul before returning to England for three years as a Cambridge student, where he became an underachieving comedy writer and performer. Eventually, though, his eureka moment in an alpine meadow would spark a remarkable phenomenon.
And one original idea in The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, first broadcast as a radio comedy in , has developed a life quite unlike any other joke, before or since. The plot for the six episodes leapt very much wherever Adams wanted to go on the day, but led to a pivotal gag that went like this; a giant computer called Deep Thought, having spent exactly 7. Adams — who died, aged 49, 10 years ago this May — had launched the world's greatest universal joke.
Often you hear it as a simple namecheck, a gently conclusive "Douglas Adams", said whenever a spontaneous 42 is seen as a seat number, a restaurant table, or a homework answer. Others post lists of favourite 42s, snap "42" photos, or enjoy throwing a 42nd birthday party Pink Floyd performed on stage with Adams for his special day.
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In September , it was revived by the BBC on the Hitchhiker's section of the Radio 4 website for the initial broadcast of the Tertiary Phase, and is still available to play online. Wish You Were Here: Retrieved 2 July The script here mostly follows Fit the Fifth and Fit the Sixth, but includes a song by the backup band in the restaurant "Reg Nullify and his Cataclysmic Combo" , and changes the Haggunenon sequence to "Disaster Area". Zaphod and Ford decide to steal a ship from there, which turns out to be a stunt ship pre-programmed to plunge into a star as a special effect in a stage show. Adams was ever meticulous in his choice of words and numbers, and it's safe to say it wasn't a random pick.
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My life as a hitchhiker. Not the guide to the galaxy, just a few episodes from my days as a fresh-faced youth. They're prompted by this. Confident and robust, Jubilee Hitchhiker is an comprehensive biography of late novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, author of Troutfishing in America and A.
It depends on us how curious we are, what questions we ask and how much of it we learn and understand. Lately I see that every ride can give something away. Driver provides us with a ride. We are there to offer our attention. Of course, some can only listen or only talk.
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