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How About A Cup Of The Answer To Everything?

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the tea-is-superior-to-coffee dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 491

Reiner Schulz writes "Douglas Adams admittedly was a big fan of Earl Grey tea. Here's his enlightening entry in H2G2 on the subject (pretty much straight out of The Salmon of Doubt). And those familiar w/ the Hitchhiker's Guide will remember the drink dispenser from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe which, trying to figure out how to brew the perfect cuppa, grabs all available computing resources on board a certain starship. What a coincidence then that one of the finest blends of Earl Grey on the planet in general and in the UK in particular is Harrods' Earl Grey, Blend No. ... 42 . It's a plausible theory as to the origin of the answer to everything, isn't it? Earl Grey addicts like myself will certainly agree (even though Douglas liked his w/ milk; I prefer lemon). So, what would be the question? Perhaps, how about a nice cup of tea?"

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491 comments

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fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780936)

a cup of ramen noodles! the end is near!

Re:fp? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780946)

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Re:fp? (-1, Troll)

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Re:fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780957)

WIPO sends his regards.

err why is this here (-1, Redundant)

jr87 (653146) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780942)

I know we all are uber geeks and everything but I don't think this is really news. I think I heard about this a while ago.

Re:err why is this here (-1, Troll)

norculf (146473) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781093)

Good call. I can't figure out why this is here either. I've never read anything by Doug Adams, and I don't care to.

Re:err why is this here (4, Informative)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781128)

If you've never read anything by Douglas Adams then may I suggest you start now ? You'll be sure to enjoy it, it's some of the finest English writing of by a man that died way too soon.

Re:err why is this here (2, Insightful)

Doomrat (615771) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781146)

It's called light-heartedness. If you had any sense of reality or a social conscience, you would realise this. Does it hurt to post a silly topic on a slow news day?

Well.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780945)

How about a nice cup of STFU?

props goes to brenda at debian for her nice xfree86 page

Re:Well.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781065)

oh moderators.. how is that off-topic?

Are you sure it's tea? (5, Funny)

PetWolverine (638111) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780947)

Does this mean that Earl Grey is selling a substance that is almost, but not quite, completely unlike tea?

Gotta say it (5, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781066)

Does this mean that Earl Grey is selling a substance that is almost, but not quite, completely unlike tea?

Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. Rather like your almost, but not quite, entirely accurate quote. ;-)

Re:Are you sure it's tea? (-1, Troll)

MBCook (132727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781068)

Well, they could be selling Squeezy Cheese!

Yes, Squeezy Cheese...
The almost, but not quite,
food substitute in a can.
If it's almost food,
but not quite, it's

Squeezy Cheese!

42 == Tea for two (4, Informative)

yerricde (125198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780952)

Another h2g2.com entry, 42 [bbc.co.uk] , explains that "forty-two" can be parsed "for-tea-two", tea for two, the answer to "What is a good attitude towards life?" which is purported to be the Ultimate Question [bbc.co.uk] .

Oh, DAMN... (4, Funny)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780988)

Now we live in a Universe where the question AND the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything are both known.

The Universe was complicated enough... What have you DONE?

Re:42 == Tea for two (4, Funny)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780993)

Hmm... earl grey tea. Maybe that's how an old bald guy can kick the borg's collective ass.

42 == Randomly chosen number (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781073)

I hate to ruin all the conspiracy theories, but Mr. Adams himself revealed the source of 42 [google.com] years ago in alt.fan.douglas-adams.

"Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story."

42 == Divinely chosen number? (3, Funny)

yerricde (125198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781083)

What made Mr. Adams think that some sort of god didn't put "42 will do" into his head at that time for at least one of the so-called "complete nonsense" reasons?

who the fuck cares? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780953)

This isnt news for nerds, this isnt stuff that matters... and Tolkien liked coca cola... so freaking what?

Re:who the fuck cares? (0, Troll)

Schnake (99890) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781021)

Slashdot needs a "regime change"!

It's about time its citizens were allowed to vote democratically!

Tea@Kuro5hin (1)

yerricde (125198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781071)

They are so allowed, once they expatriate themselves [kuro5hin.org] .

K5 democrats write articles about coffee [kuro5hin.org] and about tea [kuro5hin.org] .

How about a cup of TOAST?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780955)

toaster,toaster toaser, do you have toast in you yet i think [rowdyruff.net]
so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Im not a toaster!!!!!!!!!!And one more
thing........YOUR A TOASER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND A COOKIE WITH MILK SOAGE

How about a cup of SHUT THE PHUCK UP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780974)

How does the parent comment contribute to this discussion?

Drink your tea.

Re:How about a cup of SHUT THE PHUCK UP? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780996)

Fuck you, discussion contribution nazi.

bunghole (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781002)

gnaa reccomends anuses cheeses

my preference (-1, Redundant)

justforaday (560408) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780958)

i've always preferred a nice cup of no tea...

Re: my preference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781023)

Yes, and damn him anyway for dying before telling us how to make a perfect cup of the not-stuff too.

Cure-all? (2, Interesting)

Infernon (460398) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780959)

From the Kinks 'Muswell Hilbillies' album:

It's a cure for hepatitis, it's a cure for chronic insomnia

It's a cure for tonsilitis and for water on the knee.

Brain-food drinks of mythology (4, Interesting)

Empiric (675968) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780963)

In a similar vein, but what might be considered "prior art", the ancient Norse people had a particular type of mead which was supposed to convey wisdom regarding everything. Made of the blood of a man created by all the Norse gods to seal a peace treaty, "Kvasir", some dwarves killed him and mixed his blood with honey, making the "Mead of Poetry".

Probably not as tasty as Earl Grey, but claimed to be even more effective--after all, what's knowing everything if you can't write about it elegantly?

More on this here [everything2.com] .

Coffee with sugar and milk over Ice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780964)

That's it.

Look to the skies!! (1)

h0tblack (575548) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780965)

/me looks to the sky....waiting for petunias and whales

You know Slashdot is shit now (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780966)

when stories like these go up.

Re:You know Slashdot is shit now (0, Flamebait)

Schnake (99890) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781009)

I agree! This post sucks!

And what about the sorry-bunch of losers that actually pay money for a subscription and get this crap?

On behalf of all coffee-drinking programmers: (5, Funny)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780970)

What is this "tuh-eee" you speak of?

Re:On behalf of all coffee-drinking programmers: (1)

fi-greenie (514665) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781089)

It's something, which is not out of late 60's Beatles record. But still, divine, none the less.

42 (0)

LohRhyda (243119) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780971)

42!!!!! 42!?!?!?!??

Re:42 (2, Funny)

Lord Dreamshaper (696630) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781132)

All due respect to Adams, if the answer is 42, or any number other than 69, then I'm not interested in the question...course i drink my coffee black and if I must drink tea, it'd better be "long island iced"...so chalk it up to having better set of priorities...

toodle pip and cheerio...

The answer to everything is... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780972)

Google.

* This blurb here to get past the lameness filter.

Earl Gray IS the elixir of life! (5, Informative)

bishopi (662205) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780976)

There is something about a fresh, fragrant cup of Earl Gray that really does make the world seem like a decent place - even if you've worked in technical support.


If you aren't able to stretch the budget to the Harrods blend, I'd strongly recommend the foil-packed Dilmah (100% ceylon) variety, which is about the freshest, and most fragrant I've been able to fine in Australia.


Ian

Re:Earl Gray IS the elixir of life! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781044)

I'm not a big Earl Grey fan, but does Dilmah sell some? I've only found the plain stuff. I do love their tea, though - rivals the best East African kinds.

Re:Earl Gray IS the elixir of life! (2, Informative)

bishopi (662205) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781088)

Here's a link to their product information (US$35 seems frightfully expensive for this..... I paid about AUS$4 for my last box of 50)

Dilmah Online Shop [dilmahtea.com]

Ian

My GOD (5, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780978)

What a coincidence then that one of the finest blends of Earl Grey on the planet in general and in the UK in particular is Harrods' Earl Grey, Blend No. ... 42.

This ties right in with the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Stonehenge, the value of pi, crop circles, that weird face on Mars, that strange 1x4x9 thing floating around Jupiter, and the fact that the sun and moon look the same size from the Earth! They're all connected, I tell you!

Re:My GOD (1)

rindeee (530084) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781095)

Not to mention that Minister Farakahn "19" thingy.

42 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780979)

Re:42 (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781038)

No the worst part is that on google, you go to that link and it has as the second link... Slashdot.

If you'd like to buy some... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780980)

It really is quite good, and you can order some for yourself online at Harrods Web Site [harrods.com]

This is .... (2, Insightful)

chornobyl (694617) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780981)

a little bit confusing. No offence to anyone.

I hate this! (0, Troll)

Schnake (99890) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781074)

I hate useless posts like this!

It's not just the few seconds it takes to read and comprehend the message, but also the half hour it takes to post a few dozen rants about the post!

This sucks!

U42 (3, Informative)

Doomrat (615771) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780984)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/U42 [bbc.co.uk] - Douglas Adam's user page. Notice his user ID: 42.

00101010 (1)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780989)

I would give a long winded explanation in binary, hex, or base-42, but the lameness filter prevents it. (Belgian censorship garbage...)

he went far too soon (4, Insightful)

havaloc (50551) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780991)

The early loss of Douglas Adams is really a loss to the whole world. He really brought something special, and the world is a darker place without him. Read his books if you haven't, they are great.

PARENT IS SPAM - MOD DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781106)

Parent is spam. Mod down.

what? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6780992)

I know what those words mean but I cant understand that paragraph.

Oh yeah, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was stupid.

And you're stupid too.

Bunch of cartoon watching babies. Try reading a grown up book.

And no, "graphic novels" do not count.

Re:what? (0, Troll)

transami (202700) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781121)

failings on your part do not undermine the brilliance of Douglas' work. While seemingly silly on the surface, beneath is a depth of understanding about the modern world and life (and the universe and everything) far beyond the common.

you may want to try reading a "grown-up" book like an Aristophanes' classic ;p

Nah (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#6780999)

How About A Cup Of The Answer To Everything?

Nah, I like this one better: Big Cup of Shut the #$@! up [troutsoup.com]

I can see it now, on Kuro5hin. "How to brew the perfect cup of shut the #$@! up"...

Chai? (1)

derrith (600195) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781000)

I certainly think a nice cup of chai with milk and sugar surpasses any brew of earl gray. *now incites flame war of what is the best tea*

stash chai black drinker since 1997

Re:Chai? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781090)

If you really like chai, don't be buying some Stash stuff in a baggie. Buy some decent black tea (Dilmah is good, as another poster notes) and add your own spices to the pot. There are loads of recipes to experiment with on the net.

Re:Chai? (1)

fi-greenie (514665) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781105)

Yeah, chai is good ... _if you want to be some freakin' hippie_! Oh, sorry about that :)

first post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781001)

No, seriously though, does anyone actually care about this?

Re:first post! (1)

Schnake (99890) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781049)

Talk about a slow news day.

This post sucks!

straight up... (1)

110100 (534677) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781013)

i must say i like my earl gray straight up...

Re:straight up... (1)

wwest4 (183559) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781125)

i agree - bergamot is the bomb, why spoil it?

earl grey's funky flavor comes from bergamot essence - oil from a type of orange.

Drugs are bad mmmkay? (3, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781014)

Drink it. After a few moments you will begin to think that the place you've come to isn't maybe quite so strange and crazy after all.

This is a well known phenomenon. It usually happens to me during the first 15-20 mins of smoking pot or the like. The trick is to relax and fight off the paranoia. A beer or two helps at this stage, or smoke another joint or two.

After a while you're so baked that not only do you not find your new state of mind strange and crazy, but actually enjoy it for the rest of your trip. I could post a recipe for a really good joint here, but maybe I'll be able to submit a story about it next Sunday, when news is slow to come by on /.

Re:Drugs are bad mmmkay? (1)

atrader42 (687933) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781119)

Just what sort of tea is it that you're drinking? I don't think Douglas Adams would approve.

finest *blends* of Earl Grey? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781016)

If Earl Grey is a "blend", then one of its components must taste even better. The optimal taste is always achieved at a vertex of the convex hull of available tastes. Basic linear programming.

Non-linear programming? (2, Informative)

yerricde (125198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781056)

If Earl Grey is a "blend", then one of its components must taste even better.

What if the most desirable components of Earl Grey is actually formed from one of the components of merchandise A and one of the components of merchandise 7X?

Basic linear programming.

Is taste a linear function?

Tea is for little girls and old ladies (-1, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781020)

You aren't a little girl or an old lady are you? You may throw like one, but that doesnt mean anything.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerly,

Juan Valdez

Google seems to know it to (3, Interesting)

miradu2000 (196048) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781022)

Try this query [google.com] Seems google calculator (nifty new feature) knows the answer to life, the universe, and everything to!

Cues joke (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781028)

[Place Captian Picard Joke Here]

Best way to make a cup of Earl Grey (3, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781032)

Take one bourbon glass, fill it with ice, add two shots of Jim Beam and top off with Coke. I learned that from a nutramatic machine...

Origin of "42" already known (4, Redundant)

tuxedo-steve (33545) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781033)

Nice theory, but Douglas Adams has already revealed the origin of "42" as the answer to life, the universe and everything.

In one of the small tales in the Salmon of Doubt collection, he states something along the lines of that he was looking out into his garden, mentally shrugged and thought, "42 will do". A number out of a hat, more or less.

The fact that this particular variety of tea, with this particular number, may well have been a favourite of the late Mr. Adams, well, that's just another example of what happens when you mess around with improbability drives.

Re:Origin of "42" already known (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781104)

Or, the reason 42 popped into his head was that he'd seen it on a box of tea. We'll never know, and he probably didn't either. ;)

Welcome to Slashdot (4, Funny)

SB5 (165464) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781034)

Welcome to Slashdot, where speculation makes it news... What the hell is this FOX or something?

Tea, Earl Grey, Hot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781039)

If it's good enough for Captain Jean-Luc Picard, it's good enough for me.

Re:Tea, Earl Grey, Hot (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781060)

What the hell was Jean-Luc anyways? His family was all from France, and he had a french name, but a very heavy british accent.

Did, at some time in the future, the UK finally conquer france and purge the earth of their "culture"? I mean, not that it would be hard, you could easily take France over before their army found a safe place to sit down their purses.

I mean, even native americans survived Star Trek times, like captain Tatanka from Voyager.

Seriously now, what's the story there?

Re:Tea, Earl Grey, Hot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781118)

Tatanka was a WWE wrestler, Chakotay was the Voyager Commander. Anyway, the Injuns escaped because they fled Earth in search of a new homeland (which of cours the white man (aka the Federation) stole from them again, giving it to the Cardassians. Of course, the good thing out of this is that Slashdot's own Wil Wheaton managed to evolve.

The question is... (1)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781046)

what the hell passes as "News for nerds"? I know earl grey is caffeinated, but if its not sold here [thinkgeek.com] it won't keep ya awake.

Dumbest Story Ever. (0, Troll)

Raven42rac (448205) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781063)

Who is with me?

Re:The question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781131)

Hi All, this is my very first post on shashdot although i have been reading it for about a year now. If you have read the '5 part triology' of Douglas adam's 'The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy' you will know that this really *is* news for nerds. That series of books is a *must read* for all geeks. Infact in my university, i have heard a lot of ppl talk with the assumption that everyone knows about this novel. This is by far the single most popular source of 'internal jokes' among engineers.
I would highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it so far. especially /.ers

Re:The question is... (1)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781161)

I'll agree with that, it is a must read for nerds. As I type this I can turn my head 30 degrees and see the entire set on my book shelf. But its still a story that could only fly on a sunday night. What I can say though, I'm readin /. right now aint I, so whatever is posted is news for me. :)~

I don't get it (1)

naNoox (223207) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781053)

And this is "stuff that matters" in what way? Oh, I get it - it's Douglas Adams. Silly me.

42 (0)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781054)

What a coincidence then that one of the finest blends of Earl Grey on the planet in general and in the UK in particular is Harrods' Earl Grey, Blend No. ... 42

I wounder if slashdot got paid 42$ to post this Ad.

Cup of tea - is a cup for me... (2, Interesting)

fi-greenie (514665) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781057)

From time to time, I try to go around the stereotype and drink a cup of that hot brewed creamy java or those weird coffees, like a coffee called "Illumination" (or something) from Mexico. However, any type of coffee I've tried can't stand a chance over a good cup of tea, preferably vanilla flavoured or decaf lemon tea.

No jitters, no "I think I'll have to organize my desk or I think I'm going to die soon, if I don't organize my desk NOW, I'm going to..." feeling, but still something, which makes perfect companion for cookies and such.

God save the Tea!

(P.S. I know, that it was wrong to say "God save the Tea." It's possible, that the Queen somewhere is weeping, but still - I think that tea is probably the best thing that have come out of the British Empire, although they kind of ripped it off from Ceylon etc.)

Re:Cup of tea - is a cup for me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781115)

"out of the British Empire"

You should probably read up on the history of tea. Did you know the Brits drank coffee first?

Re:Cup of tea - is a cup for me... (1)

fi-greenie (514665) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781156)

Shh.. that's a secret.

No, but seriously. What does that mean? That the old stuff is always better? Well, you go ahead and code Descent IV with that Fortran of yours.

Earl Gray? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781077)

MORE LIKE EARL GAY

nigger.

earl grey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781078)

is disgusting.

Drink tea with no bastard flavorings, or drink coffee.

blech.

Tea, Dressing Gowns, and Arthur Dent (1)

njan (606186) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781081)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/classic/A698925

An article I wrote on h2g2 which was published in the h2g2 post (the official h2g2 weekly publication produced by the site community) on the subject.. uh..

of some relevance. :-D

42? Pffttt 420! (1)

niko9 (315647) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781124)

Please call me when I can smoke this in my bong! :)

NO (3, Funny)

heli0 (659560) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781126)

"even though Douglas liked his w/ milk; I prefer lemon"

Tea without milk? How uncivilised.

A Joke... (3, Insightful)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781137)

DNA himself said that 42 was a joke, nothing more.

What I find amusing is that he probably did intend it as a joke, and probably meant nothing at all by it, but that hasn't stopped people from finding all kinds of interesting things in the number.

Though, much like 5/23 (The Law of Fives) if you look hard enough you're going to find patterns.

FNORD

oooh well. (1)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781139)

Uh... Call me stupid, but I seriously don't "get" this story.

It does remind me of the government agency in the U.S. that tasted tea. IIRC, it was put into place because back in the day, the British were cheating by putting other things into the tea. The agency was obsolete for, like, a hundred years or something ridiculous like that, before it was shut down. That's your tax dollars at work.

Prior Art (5, Interesting)

The Famous Brett Wat (12688) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781140)

I've always supposed that when DA was dreaming up the answer to life, the universe, and everything, he just wanted an answer which was singularly precise, yet totally unhelpful. A number would do. A simple number. Why forty-two, exactly? No reason, other than it sprang to mind.

But note that there is prior art for authors of a twisted-logic bent to gravitate towards forty-two as a good arbitrary number. In particular, I refer to Lewis Carroll.

"Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court."

Everybody looked at Alice.

"I'm not a mile high," said Alice.

"You are," said the King.

"Nearly two miles high," added the Queen.

"Well, I sha'n't go, at any rate," said Alice: "besides, that's not a regular rule: you invented it just now."

"It's the oldest rule in the book," said the King.

"Then it ought to be Number One," said Alice.

-- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 12

One instance doesn't count for a lot, so here's another.

The helmsman used to stand by with tears in his eyes: he knew it was all wrong, but alas! Rule 42 of the Code, "No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm," had been completed by the Bellman himself with the words "and the Man at the Helm shall speak to no one." So remonstrance was impossible, and no steering could be done till the next varnishing day. During these bewildering intervals the ship usually sailed backwards.

-- Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, Preface

One more, just to be sure.

"No doubt", said I, "they settled who
Was fittest to be sent:
Yet still to choose a brat like you,
To haunt a man of forty-two,
Was no great compliment!

-- Lewis Carroll, Phantasmagoria, Canto 1

Why is the number forty-two so over-represented? I have no idea, but I like to think of Douglas Adams as the Lewis Carroll of the 20th century.

who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781145)

Could anybody explain why anybody would care about this? Or is it just a slow news day?

Favorite tea beverage... (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781149)

Strong green tea, served over ice. A twist of lime or lemon is a good touch.

Favorite coffee beverage: blended ice mocha. Now that Nestle's has released basically the adult answer to Nesquik, Ice Java [iq.com] , it is fairly easy to make one's own and the syrup costs about the same price as one Tall Iced Mocha at Starbucks Corporate Coffee.

The syrup, plus milk, plus ice cubes, makes for a great iced mocha. The blender gives it a nicer texture. Add a scoop of chocolate ice cream for extra luxury before blending. Mmmmm.....a bottle of the syrup makes about 10 16-ounce servings.

H2K!!! (1)

segment (695309) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781154)

Here's his enlightening entry in H2G2

Ahh jello biafra and H2K. I don't remember any tea but I do remember Mary Jane... Good old Mary Jane and my friend Joker aka Dutchmaster aka Philly aka Bambu. Ahh those memories!!!

Now back to my evil coding [politrix.org]

Earl Grey with lemon? (3, Informative)

iabervon (1971) | more than 10 years ago | (#6781157)

Earl Grey doesn't need lemon, because it's got bergamot. If you need to put more citrus in your Earl Grey, you should get stronger Earl Grey. If you're going to put lemon in it, get a nice Orange Pekoe instead.

Tea is for faggots (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6781162)

No self-respecting geek would boast of drinking tea, Adams or not. What fags!
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