Now I know where the tons of software names, companies, buildings and whatnots have turned up from. It’s all in the Guide. Trillian, Googleplex and Babelfish – to name a few. Mr. Adams was amazingly ahead of his time (and still is). There’s no stopping to the genius in him. Like this one:
“What? Harmless? Is that all it’s got to say? Harmless! One word?” – Arthur.
“Well, there are a hundred billion stars in the Galaxy, and only a limited amount of space in the book’s microprocessors.. and no one knew much about the Earth, of course.” – Ford
“Well, for God’s sake, I hope you managed to rectify that a bit (after your 15 years of stay on Earth)” – Arthur.
“Oh yes, well, I managed to transmit a new entry off to the editor. He had to trim it a bit, but it’s still an improvement.” – Ford.
“And what does it say now?” – Arthur.
“Mostly harmless.” – Ford.
I know how to die laughing now. I have to just remember this bit at my deathbed and crack it once for everyone around me.