The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This Friday is Towel Day, an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams(1952-2001) On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour. Douglas Adams’ work is both profound and ridiculous.

His blunt social satire is wrapped in an outrageous science fiction scenario. Pithy sayings  as well as thought-provoking insights  became part of an insider vocabulary. And, of course,  one would never leave home to travel the universe without taking a towel… hence “towel day”.

It has been years since I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I remember a lot of it as being profoundly ridiculous but there are two things that stand out as ridiculously profound: the question of the meaning of life, the universe and everything else; and the babel fish. In a lecture just before he died, he gave his ideas about creation (On the origin of God and this includes the puddle story).

The only answer you need to know is 42!

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