Guide To The Galaxy

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Guide To The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. Thought many
of the concepts are slightly abstract and obscure, the book itself is a truly
great work. The basic idea is that the day we meet our adventurous crew is the
single worst Thursday of Arthur Dent’s life. Sadly, it is not just Arthur who
will be having a bad day. You see, it is this Thursday when the earth gets
destroyed. Of all the billions of people on the planet, there was only one who
knew what was to take place, and he himself was not even from earth. Ford

Prefect, best friend of Arthur is a smooth talking quick thinking person for the
remote planet of Betelgeuse five. As you were probably able to infer, Ford

Prefect was not the name given to him by his parents, but instead the name of a
car that was never popular, which he chose as his moniker, as to better fit in
with the humans of earth. Our story begins with Arthur waking up early at his

London ’flat’ (it was a British book). This was just like any other

Thursday, except that outside, a demolition crew was beginning to destroy his
house so that they will be able to create a highway bypass. This was news to

Arthur. He did not know how they could do this without even warning him first.

Upon questioning the foreman of the job, he was informed that the plans had been
on record in the planning office for months. Sadly, the plans had been kept in
the cellar where there is no nights, or stairs for that matter, in a disused
lavatory, in the bottom of a locked file cabinet, with a sign that says

"Beware of the leopard." Arthur’s decision at this point was to lie in
front of the bulldozer, so that, without killing him, it would be impossible to
destroy the house. Just at this point, Ford Prefect enters the scene. He tells

Arthur that it is imperative that he goes to the bar with him, because after he
tells him the news, he will need a stiff drink. Arthur explains the situation,
and quickly Ford comes up with a plan. He makes a deal with the foreman that,
since with Arthur there, they would not be able to do anything all day, they
have resolved to just stand around and do nothing all day. So, it was not
important weather or not Arthur was actually present. So they agreed that they
would not knock down his house until he got back. Arthur could not decide
whether or not to trust him. Ford assured him he could trust him to the end of
the earth... which was about ten minutes. Unknown to Arthur, ford was a writer
for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a type of encyclopedia chronicling
the high and low points of every planet, and how to get about them for free. He
had been doing research on earth for the last several years. Recently he had
received a transmission over his ‘sub-ether radio,’ which told him what was
to take place in just a few short minutes. Arthur and Ford hurried off to the
bar, and Ford explained what was about to happen. Ironically, the planet was set
to be destroyed in order to build an interstellar bypass. And who better to
destroy the planet, than a fleet of Vogons. The Vogons were a race from the
outer edges of the spiral arm. They had virtually no conscience, worked for
cheep, had hugs ships of mass destruction, and had perfected a type of poetry
which was so horrific, when read, the writer\'s small intestine has been known to
crawl out of their throat and strangle them. Well, the Vogons came, and made
short work of our blue/green planet, but before that happened, Arthur and Ford
were able to hitch a ride and stow away on one of the Vogon vessels. As you
would assume, Arthur is fairly confused at the whole situation. Ford explains to
him that he is from the planet of Betelgeuse, which, as anyone would suspect
continued to surprise and confuse Arthur. Nothing, however, confused him as much
as when Ford asked him to place something called a ‘babbelfish’ in his ear.

Everything that the babbelfish heard, it translates for the person whose head it
occupies. So, nearly instantly, Arthur was able to understand all of the grunts
that had been coming over the intercom, and then knew that they were being
searched for.

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