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Group Hopes to Rename Street After Douglas Adams

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the will-go-well-with-the-simpsons-motif dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 223

interstellar_donkey writes "Despite the recent brouhaha over the renaming of 4th Ave after César Chávez, a Portland group is pushing to rename a local street after the late writer Douglas Adams. The street? Why, 42nd Ave, of course. According to their website, the renaming will reflect Portlanders' commitment to the arts, respect for the environment, desire to provide technological access to all, their passion to further education to all people, and most importantly remind Portlanders DON'T PANIC. This appears to be a serious movement, with preliminary paperwork already in the works."

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Holy Crap! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21609937)

Is this the first story to feature a period at the end of the title?

Re:Holy Crap! (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610689)

Is this the first story to feature a period at the end of the title?

Good thing it's not at the beginning, otherwise it wouldn't have shown up.

Re:Holy Crap! (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610829)

ls /. -Fail

Re:Holy Crap! (4, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610915)

Only until the dupe shows up.

Re:Holy Crap! (-1, Flamebait)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611035)

Is this the first story to feature a period at the end of the title?
Maybe, but it's definitely the first article I've seen (this week) that as far as I can tell has no reason to have been offered to us in the first place.

I'm not a Slashdot historian. Can anyone tell me why we are able to moderate each other's comments but not the stories themselves? Or is that too diggly?

Yeah, maybe it is. Now that I think of it, the editors are usually pretty reliable. And I don't really see that many clunkers. But a story telling me that some burg named a street after a second-rate writer of books "for younger readers"? Next we'll be hearing that CmdrTaco named his cat "Cory Doctorow".

Rename the streat to "DON'T PANIC" instead (3, Insightful)

Per Abrahamsen (1397) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609939)

It would be so much more in the spirit of Douglas Adams.

Re:Rename the streat to "DON'T PANIC" instead (5, Funny)

Auraiken (862386) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610229)

Or rename ALL the streets to "DON'T PANIC". I think that might be more like him. xD

Re:Rename the streat to "DON'T PANIC" instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610981)

It would be so much more in the spirit of Douglas Adams.
Hilarity ensues in the winter, when snow collecting on the bottom half of the street signs causes them to appear to say "Go stick your head in a pig" in the local Native American language.

Re:Rename the streat to "DON'T PANIC" instead (1)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611563)

Agreed!

Where are you now?
Don't panic!
I am not panicking, I am just asking where are you now?
Don't panic!
Look...i am not panicking...
and so on and so on

Re:Rename the streat to "DON'T PANIC" instead (2, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611757)

Better yet they rename it "DON'T WALK" - I can already see the crowds lined up on every corner, just waiting...

Of course, there would still be plenty of people crossing in the middle of the block (maybe looking for a telephone to clean...).

A better suggestion (5, Funny)

fliptw (560225) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609953)

Call the intersection at 6th and 9th 42.

Re:A better suggestion (1)

Shooter_PA (1096263) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611027)

42 - The answer to life, the universe, and everything. Portland? - The question. I should to Portland open a bar that serves Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and recitations of the poetry of Paul Neil Milne Johnstone.

Re:A better suggestion (and a better calculation) (1)

tobozo (794087) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611073)

As my digital calculator watch says, that would be the intersection at 6th and 7th.

Why do hippies move to Portland? (4, Interesting)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 6 years ago | (#21612257)

For those who have never been in Portland, Oregon, we should explain that people are a little different [keepportlandweird.org] here.

Question: Why do hippies move to Portland? Answer: Because there are no jobs.

The world's smallest park [roadsideamerica.com] is here, and the world's largest bookstore [powells.com] .

The spirit of Douglas Adams lives on in the body of Linus Torvalds [wikipedia.org] , who lives in Portland, creating artistic chaos for commercial operating systems. Douglas Adams loved technical gizmos [wikipedia.org] . "Douglas was a keen technologist, writing about such inventions as e-mail and Usenet before they became widely popular, or even widely known." Linus Torvalds makes technical gizmos happen.

If only... (1, Redundant)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609955)

it was at the corner of 6th and 9th...

Re:If only... (2, Funny)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610227)

You will of course need a "TomTom" the size of a planet to find it.

And not ... (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610695)

"No, it's not DougDoug, it's TomTom".

Respect for the environment? (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609957)

How does naming a street after a humor author have anything to do with the environment?

Re:Respect for the environment? (5, Interesting)

kaos07 (1113443) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609991)

Adams was pretty famous for his environmental activism, in particular campaigning on behalf of endangered species. There's more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams#Environmental_activism [wikipedia.org]

The point they're trying to make is that by renaming the street in his honour, they are both showing respect to the man and what he stood for.

Re:Respect for the environment? (4, Informative)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610101)


For those who are interested, Douglas gave a lecture just a few weeks before his tragic demise. You can watch it here:

http://webcast.ucsd.edu:8080/ramgen/UCSD_TV/5779UniCalSanBar.rm [ucsd.edu]

I've been a fan of douglas adams ever since I caught the very first broadcast of episode one of Hitch-hikers on the radio by pure, joyous chance.

I was somewhat surprised in later years to realise that it was actually his factual work 'Last Chance to See' that was my favorite of all his works (thought the Dirk Gebtly books are a close second). I never much liked the h2G2 books, I prefer the radio play.

Re:Respect for the environment? (3, Insightful)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611005)

I was somewhat surprised in later years to realise that it was actually his factual work 'Last Chance to See' that was my favorite of all his works

It was his favourite, too.

Re:Respect for the environment? (2, Informative)

achtzwerge (1178883) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610557)

The irony is, his last speech had the title "Last Chance To See"

Having read most of his books, I wish he was still around

Re:Respect for the environment? (1)

sopuli (459663) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610001)

They could hardly put in the proposal that they would like to rename the street because DNA was such a hoopy frood. So instead they probably figured that since he wrote "Last chance to see" they'd put in the bit about the environment.

good bye, and thanks for the fish (1)

someone1234 (830754) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610169)

Look this up, grasshopper.

In my city... (4, Funny)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609963)

All streets will be named Douglas Adams. Only the hoopiest of froods will manage to find their way.

Re:In my city... (3, Funny)

w3c.org (1039484) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610063)

Oh, that would be ok. Just follow someone who knows where he's going.

Re:In my city... (1)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611451)

You'll never arrive where you wanted to go, but you'll find you always end up where you needed to be.

Re:In my city... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610225)

Kind of like German cities where half of the streets are named "Einbahnstraße" and there are directions to it everwhere!

Actually has happened before... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21609977)

See here [google.com]

Bad link (5, Informative)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610043)

I would strongly recommend not clicking that.

Re:Bad link (1)

Al_Lapalme (698542) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610337)

Arrrhhhh! Why did you post that??? I wouldn't even have looked at his link, had it not been for your comment. After reading your warning, I just had to... Seriously folks, don't click that link.

Re:Bad link (1)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610357)

Actually, that was pretty entertaining :P

Re:Bad link (1)

hey0you0guy (1003040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611055)

Someone actually tried to read the article? Is this Slashdot?

NOT WORK SAFE (2, Informative)

Almahtar (991773) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610051)

The link above got blocked by my stuff, but very little research reveals it's something you don't want to click on anywhere, especially not work.

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610127)

I haven't clicked it, but looking at the link's http address I don't understand how it could be a bad troll link?

What am I missing?

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (1)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610157)

It's abusing google's "I feel lucky" functionality to send you to some inappropriate site like goatse. I've no idea which one this is, and don't care to find out either...

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610175)

Ah, thanks :) I was wondering, but I wasn't going to ignore a good warning to find out.

(I've managed to exist for years on the net without ever having encountered goatse or any of the other shocksites. Caution has saved me from irrevocable brain-pollution).

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610163)

It fucks up your browser and makes you force to kill the person who posted it!

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610187)

It's a link to a google search for a specific term (contactlog) where the first hit is automatically opened, and links to a very unsafe site.

Re:NOT WORK SAFE (1)

Carbon016 (1129067) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610215)

DON'T PANIC!

In next weeks news... (5, Funny)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21609997)

...another group has started preliminary paperwork to have 23rd renamed "Illuminatus", and a Prostitute Action Group are to rename 68th "We'll Owe You One".

Doh! Flanders! (5, Informative)

CranberryKing (776846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610037)

Actually Matt Groening is from Portland,OR and many of the Simpsons character are named after streets in Portland.

Re:Doh! Flanders! (3, Funny)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611261)


As a former resident of Portland, I can confirm this is true.

I was born at 2727 Comic Book Guy Avenue but we moved to 1634 Nahasapeemapetilon Street when I was about 5.

Some characters are even named after the local nicknames for streets.

The area where the down and outs hang out were obviously called Itchy Way and Scratchy Street.

And the nickname for the road with the local gynecological clinic gave us the name for Springfield's mayor.

I Am Against This... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610079)

I don't even live in Portland and I am against this kind of tomfoolery. I can imagine that Portland is like my city, which is not unlike any American city in this regard...

As my city was settled and grew, the consusion over street names grew as well... name conflicts with avenue, place, etc.. similar sounding names, etc. A number of comissions were formed, which worked very hard with the outlying suburbs to come to agreement on standard street names. To resolve all of the confusion and come up with a logical system.

That has all since changed with the partial renaming of streets in the inner city to honor a plethoria of people. The problem is compounded when it goes from numbered streets (5th, 6th, 7th) to a name like César Chávez. It's not even whole streets but rather a few blocks here and there! Such tomfoolery adds confusion not only to those who live with it, but visitors as well.

You might love Douglas Adams but your grandchildren will curse you.

Re:I Am Against This... (4, Interesting)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610119)

Boring, boring, boring.....

The metropolis of London has no numbered streets, no grid system and numerous name conflicts - the number of 'High Streets' is - if I remember correctly - in excess of 50 and we Brits manage fine. And how can you live in a town which hasn't, at some point in its history, featured a 'Gropecunt Lane'.

Re:I Am Against This... (2, Insightful)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610191)

If any street in London is to be renamed it must be in Islington. As a resident of the area DNA used to live Id suggest one of the side streets off upper street... maybe near Hotbalck Desiatos(for those that dont know thats a real estate agent... the real estate agent came first). How does one get the ball rolling on renaming a street in London? Id be up for a petition or whatever. Actually Ive come over quite serious all of a sudden. If anywhere has a street named after Douglas then it should be in Islington. If anyone has any ideas please mail be at kilgoretrout11235@yahoo.com

Oh and did you know threadneedle st used to be a gropecune lane?

Re:I Am Against This... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610911)

Is your apostrophe key broken? Or are you just so unsure of the correct usage that you figured it'd be safer to just leave them all out?

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610339)

There are several streets in Atlanta with "Peachtree" as part of their name (not all of which are listed here), including Peachtree Creek Road, Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Avenue, Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Drive, Peachtree Plaza, Peachtree Way, Peachtree Memorial Drive, New Peachtree Road, Peachtree Walk, and Peachtree Valley Road. West Peachtree Street is not the western branch of Peachtree Street, but a major parallel north-south street located one block west of Peachtree Street running through Midtown. Others include Peachtree Battle Avenue, commemorating the Battle of Peachtree Creek, Peachtree-Dunwoody Road running between Peachtree Street and Dunwoody, Georgia, and Old Peachtree Road, which traces part of the route of the original Peachtree Trail for which the road is named. Some of these streets intersect with Peachtree Street, others are extensions of it, and some are nowhere near it.

Good enough?

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610525)

Are there different streets in different parts of the city that are all called Peachtree Street (or Road, or whatever, the important thing is that they are exactly the same)? Is there a Gropecunt Lane? If the answer to these questions is no, then thank you for playing, better luck next time.

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610497)

And how can you live in a town which hasn't, at some point in its history, featured a 'Gropecunt Lane'.
Is that near Shepherd's Bush?

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610529)

And how can you live in a town which hasn't, at some point in its history, featured a 'Gropecunt Lane'.
Is that near Shepherd's Bush?
Shepherd's Bush is in west London.

'Gropecunt Lane', now Threadneedle Street, is in the City of London (the area of the ancient city of London). The Bank of England is on Threadneedle Street.

About 20 minutes on the Central Line (London Underground, i.e. subway train) will get you from one to the other.

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610553)

The story I heard was that gropecunt lane was a generic term appied at one point all over the country. Not just threadneedle(tho thats the most famous). The only remaining one left is in Kent and has been change to just be grope lane.

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610731)

Well that'll teach me to lob cheap puns and innuendo around on Slashdot.

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610581)

The metropolis of London has no numbered streets.

Try telling that to the residents of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Avenues, E12. Or 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenue, W10, E17, W3, RM10, EN1 and HA9, 1st and 2nd Avenue, SW14, E13, NW4....

Re:I Am Against This... (2, Insightful)

prattle (898688) | more than 6 years ago | (#21612275)

The metropolis of London has no numbered streets, no grid system and numerous name conflicts - the number of 'High Streets' is - if I remember correctly - in excess of 50 and we Brits manage fine.

"Manage fine"? When the tube got bombed in 2005, the bookstores quickly ran out of A-Z books (detailed city map books) 'cause commuters couldn't find their way home without them.
In a rational sort of city, the natives don't walk around with maps.

Re:I Am Against This... (2, Insightful)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610125)

I live in Europe, and we have had names for our streets since... Well, since the streets were placed there. And I can tell you that we're not hopelessly getting lost all the time. The human brain is quite capable of linking names to places...

Naming a street after someone is a great tribute to that person, and in my book Douglas Adams deserves to have more than 1 street named after him. 42 of them in fact!

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610303)

I live in Europe, and we have had names for our streets since... Well, since the streets were placed there. And I can tell you that we're not hopelessly getting lost all the time. The human brain is quite capable of linking names to places...
The human brain is, however the grid system is rather handy. For example "4242 Don't Panic St. South". Odds are it's 42 blocks south of city center, with the nearest cross street being 42nd. No grid system is perfect, there are almost always hills, ravines, rivers, lakes, junk in the way.

One can learn the streets of a city, but an intelligent syntax and order are there to help out those who are not so intimately familiar with your city. A good layout a person without a map can establish direction of travel and ever be hopelessly lost, well for the most part.

Re:I Am Against This... (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610349)

I hear the gridlock is fun too with a grid system. :)

Well, I AM from Portland, and it's in my hood (4, Insightful)

sethawoolley (1005201) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610285)

I live on 34th and NE Stanton, just 8 blocks (20 blocks per mile in Portland, so .4 miles away), and AS a resident, I HEAVILY support this measure. I used to work on 42nd and Broadway and am involved in the local business community there.

I'm also an atheist and an environmentalist, as are most of the people here. Well, there are a lot of lesbians, too, at least according to the Census Bureau factfinder website (I have no idea how they found that out, but it's true, for I bought my house from a couple).

It actually came up because the Hispanic community wanted to rename Interstate Ave after Cesar Chavez (since Union was renamed MLK), which the people on Interstate thought was dumb, so it met with heavy public protest. The Mayor and Council were all for it, and then the public found out.

Since 42nd is a kind of major street, it would be very cool to have it renamed after Douglas Adams! We could open a Don't Panic Coffee Shop (or electronic gadget store).

I think the only major complaint would come from "42nd Street Station", a little mini-mall just off Sandy Blvd that would probably have to change their name!

It just needs some money to pay for paperwork, so please, donate!

MLK (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610919)

The irony of the number of MLK streets (roughly 1 per any city of size in the US) is that, if MLK himself was terribly serious about the faith he proclaimed as a Baptist minister (and all the evidence seems to indicate that) he might be more than a tiny bit embarrassed at all the attention lavished on him, rather than the Christ.
In a programming context, when we forget the difference between the pointer and the object, ++ungood things often follow.

Re:MLK (1)

El Yanqui (1111145) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611003)

That and the fact, as Chris Rock pointed out, those streets are always in the shittiest part of town. Kind of a dubious "honour" really.

I used to live pretty close to MLK Way in Seattle and can verify it wasn't a nice place.

Re:MLK (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611173)

I graduated from Franklin High School down there, actually.
This experience helped me to understand that education is something you pursue on your own.
Really can't rely on the state to do more than provide a few basics.

Re:MLK (1)

Mantaar (1139339) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611127)

Somoene makes a joke about Martin Luther King being a pointer to Jesus Christ and I laugh about it.

Holy shit, I'm brain damaged, now I know it.

Thanks for the laugh, Mister, appreciated.

Re:MLK (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611265)

Wasn't really intended as a joke.
By the same token, there is massive irony in the notion that the "Bible Belt" portion of the US has shown some massive evidence of racism, for all that racism and the New Testament are antithetical.

Street numbers maybe boring but... (1)

zubernerd (518077) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610531)

Street numbers maybe boring, but as the parent stated

... adds confusion not only to those who live with it, but visitors as well

If I'm visiting a city using a street numbering system that is consistent, I find it is easier to get around. That is, let's say I'm going up 22ND AVE, and I just passed 45TH ST, there is a damn good chance that the next street is 46TH ST (or 44TH depending on the direction of the numbers) without having to constantly look at a map to know which street is next.

And yes, if you are a long time resident of a city, you can get around just fine without numbered streets, but you could probably get around with streets labeled with pictograms or hieroglyphs, or unnamed streets, but damn, a visitor or a new resident would have a hard time getting around.

I lived in a city with a fairly logical street numbering system for a long time, and I still found it convenient even after living there a while.

They need something else (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610091)

There should be also a marble and bronze monument to either DNA or to the Answer [wikipedia.org] .
We'd need to do this in every civilised city of the Universe.

Re:They need something else (4, Funny)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610293)

We'd need to do this in every civilised city of the Universe.
Let us know when you find one, ok?

Re:They need something else (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610313)

We'd need to do this in every civilised city of the Universe

We already have earthman. It's just that none of them are on your planet

Good for business (3, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610121)

I can see business booming in that street if renamed.

Restaurants, holistic detective agencies, sandwich stands, towel and fish shops...

Re:Good for business (1, Funny)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610205)

towel and fish shops...

I've heard about fish'n'chips, but this is something completely different!

Re:Good for business (2)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610819)

I still remember the British wrapping their chips in a newspaper. So nowadays it's a towel?

Re:Good for business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21611135)

I still remember the British wrapping their chips in a newspaper. So nowadays it's a towel?
The chips (and fish) are wrapped in greaseproof and brown paper. The newspapers are only used as insulation on the outside to keep things warm on the way home.

So... (2, Funny)

morgdx (688154) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610153)

So that's where I left my towel.

YOU LEFT YOUR TOWEL!?! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610881)

Don't leave home without your towel!!! :O

Spelling differences (5, Funny)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610219)

No doubt being in America they're going to try and call it Doglas Adams or some other such vowel-mangling.

Re:Spelling differences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610989)

Hey, my name is Douglas, you insensitive clod!

Re:Spelling differences (3, Funny)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611033)

No, Americans would call it Doug Adams. After all, that's what they always seemed to call the man, no matter how much he hated it.

renaming is retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610241)

The renamers have no respect for people and businesses already living and doing business on those streets.

Let them propose the name for NEW streets.

mod do3n (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610307)

waS wha7 got me

I get dibs... (1)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610461)

... on the towel store on that street.

Of course, (5, Funny)

SinVulture (825310) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610527)

One of the many changes involved in the paperwork is actually that a residential area will be bulldozed to make way for a highway overpass to the new Douglas Adams Avenue.

Public acceptance of atheism (1)

acb (2797) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610533)

I read that, even now, a majority of Americans would not be willing to accept an atheist holding public office. Would they be willing to name a street after an outspoken atheist?

Re:Public acceptance of atheism (1)

sethawoolley (1005201) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610659)

They would where I live! Just 0.4 miles from 42nd! I used to work as the sysadmin at the largest (I think) employer on 42nd. We also legalized gay marriage until the courts overturned it. You have to understand, here we have the second highest circulating library in the country, more bookstores per capita than anywhere in the world, the largest book store in the world (size of a city block) and a 14% vote for Bush rate county-wide in the last election. I'm sure now that number's even lower. Check out: http://www.unitedstatesatheists.com/ [unitedstatesatheists.com] Based out of Portland.

My judgement (3, Funny)

PietjeJantje (917584) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610555)

Using Dirk Gently's I Ching Calculator [thateden.co.uk] (please do follow the instructions), I came to the following conclusion regarding renaming the street:

THE JUDGEMENT OF KING WEN:

28. EXTREME OVERLOAD
The Environment Is Demand Temporarily Load With Many Events, Ideas And Situations, Which Your Consideration. You/They May Fight In Your Attempt, To Solve Problems. If Problems Is Not Bothered From Misunderstanding And Lack At Assessment By Other At Your Attempts, To Solve. If Your Poise Maintain Will Help You, To Follow. Do Not Use Powerful Methods. His Flexible And Prepare You For Fast Passages.

THE COMMENTARY OF THE DUKE OF CHOU:
Line 2: With The Right Companions, You Can Reach Almost Everything

42 ?? (1)

PermanentMarker (916408) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610569)

When asked why 42th street, the computer answered:

"I think the problem is that the question was too broadly based..."
"Forty two?!" yelled Loonquawl. "Is that all you've got to show for seven and a half million years' work?"

"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."

In the spirit of "keep Portland Weird" (3, Interesting)

LM741N (258038) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610641)

I would rename a street after Aleister Crowley

What about... (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610817)

intellectual property? Can you really start coffee shops et al. named DON'T PANIC that serve the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster without being sued by the IP holders?

Re:What about... (1)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611147)

The pubs around Angel and Islington used to have a thing called the Dont Panic kit. It was an envelope for of flyers and vouchers for stuff in the Angel area. Ive no idea weather they got permission or not but the lettering on the envelope was very reminiscent of the letter on the UK version of the original HHGTTG.

Portland, Oregon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21610851)

Bunch of goddamn stoners.

Re:Portland, Oregon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21611463)

Better than a bunch of God Fearing fundamentalists.

Towels (1)

Faux_Pseudo (141152) | more than 6 years ago | (#21610955)

If they pull this off I might have to move there and open a towel shop with a pub next door.

Another thing named after Addam's work : The Web (1)

MrNatas (1165633) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611075)

Think about it : I blurb on your blog about a wiki mashup No scam or spam, O google No phising nor pharming O youtube Only Boingo, and Linkedin and Jaiku For I am a good netizen All the web is already in Vogon's poetry.

42 (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611573)

For those of you who don't already know, try searching in Google:

What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
It will answer it just like it does math problems or conversions. :)

Priorities (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611667)

It's sure comforting know there are groups out there that are tackling important issues like this. Otherwise, I might be inclined to believe that people in this country have their priorities out of whack.

I just wanted to say... (1)

NorthwestWolf (941862) | more than 6 years ago | (#21611799)

I love you more and more each day Portland!

But wait (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 6 years ago | (#21612301)

He's only been spending the past 6 years dead for tax reasons.. Imagine his shock when he comes back... /snif

I can beat that... (1)

Dirtside (91468) | more than 6 years ago | (#21612307)

...we named our son after Douglas Adams. Well, one of our son's middle names is Douglas, anyway. About 80% of the people we explain this two have no idea who Douglas Adams is, which I think Adams would have appreciated.
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