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Monday, January 31, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy VS Encyclopedia Galactica , local version.

From The Hitchhiker's Guide Project:

The Encyclopedia Galactica used to be the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom in the universe. That is, until the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came along. The Guide scores higher that the Encyclopedia in two respects. First, the Guide is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words “Don'’t Panic” inscribed in large, friendly letters on the cover.

Here's what the Encyclopedia Galactica has to say about alcohol. It says that alcohol is a colorless volatile liquid formed by the fermentation of sugars and also notes its intoxicating effect on certain carbon-based life forms.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It says that the effect of drinking a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.
Keep this quote in mind that next time the Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica Smackdown erupts.

Update March 8:AKMA might have got here second, but it's an honor to have my analogue seconded, especially by the MAN who introduced Joey (aka Accordion Guy) to Wendy (aka "The Redhead Wore Crimson"). How many pages of Google spew did you have to go thur? Ack!


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