Reasons Why i Love Douglas Adams’ Humour

Douglas Adams sadly passed away some years ago but not before he left a legacy of some writings i have long loved. He had a rare way of describing both the mundane things of life and the things that are ‘out of this world’ ( he was the Author of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series amongst other works)

Here is one example of the latter…

How to Leave the Planet:

  1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (713) 483-3111. Explain that it is very important that you get away as soon as possible.
  2. If they do not cooperate, phone any friend you may have in the White House—(20…—to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA.
  3. If you don’t have any friends in the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don’t have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), but they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try.
  4. If that also fails, phone the pope for guidance. His telephone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible.
  5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it is vitally important you get away before your phone bill arrives.
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5 thoughts on “Reasons Why i Love Douglas Adams’ Humour

  1. I loved the original series of books and the BBC TV series, the movie that came out in 2005 not so much.

    Christians can take comfort in knowing the answer to everything is God. Fans of the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy can take comfort in knowing the answer to everything is 42.

    Quotes:

    http://www.theninemuses.net/quotes/hitchhiker.html

    “The knack of flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

    “Arthur: You know, it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.
    Ford: Why, what did she tell you?
    Arthur: I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”

    “It is know that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”

    “My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am there fore excused from saving universes.” {A good thing God has been taking his vitamins 🙂 }

    I am sure all true HHGTHG fans already know this 🙂 :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guide_(Hitchhiker's_Guide_to_the_Galaxy)

    “Adams conceived of the Guide while hitchhiking from London to Istanbul in 1971. Drunk and penniless in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, Adams looked up at the stars and then at his stolen copy of Hitch-hikers Guide to Europe and thought that someone should write The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

    I guess being drunk and penniless is as good a reason to write a book as any. 🙂

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  2. Even though DA was a DEVOUT Atheist, i do love his humour – it really appeals to me.

    Much of it is – as J pointed out sarcastic and ‘dark’ as i believe he was hoping to ‘show’ everyone the ‘futility’ and ‘stupidity’ of our (mankind’s) following a ‘fictitious’ and superstitious God who was created before the ‘enlightenment’ of science was able to show us how foolish we were being.

    i would so have loved the opportunity to debate that line of thinking with him.

    So long – and thanks for all the ‘icthus’.

    <B

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  3. I really should finish reading that book! His humour is so quirky but I never finished the book. I love to quote him though:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish:)

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  4. Rain – have you got a copy of that book? ( So long and thanks, not the Hitch Hikers trilogy)?

    Unlike the funny but futuristic sci fi of HHG2G, SLATFATF is a love story between Arthur and Fenchurch – with a bit of the sci fantasy thrown in for good humour 😉

    Some of it might not make too much ‘sense’ if you have not read the first three books beforehand ( or listened to the radio series or watched the BBC tv series – the movie was a bit of a let down after those – but still ‘watchable’) 😉
    i’ve had my copy ‘borrowed’ – permanently 😦

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