What would do for Sir Isaac Newton what a Haggunenon would do for Charles Darwin?
A: A squadron of Arcturan Stunt Apples
Who played The Wise Old Bird?
A: Jon LeMessurier
Which character's name started out as "Farty Fuck Balls"?
Who are Shooty and Bang Bang and who are they based on?
A: Starsky and Hutch
Why did the bowl of petunias think "Oh no, not again"?
Use the Babel Fish to prove the non-existance of God.
"I refuse to prove that I exist", says god, "For proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing".
"Ah", says man, "But the Babel Fish proves conclusively that you do exist, and so therefore, by your own argument, you don't!"
"Oh dear", says God, "I hadn't thought of that", and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"Oh, that was easy", says man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and promptly gets killed on the next zebora crossing.
Here is a question you won't know. Why did Douglass come about the invention of the Heart of Gold?
Because of a Japanese guy in pyjamas....
In fact, it was because he had "painted himself into a corner". He thought it would be fun to see what would happen if Ford and Arthur were thrown out of the airlock of a spaceship., without stopping to consider that if anything were going to happen he was going to have to think of it.
Everything he tried was little more than "With one bound, Jack was free", (To use Douglas' own words) or to use the technical term, a "deus ex machina". He was stumped by the sheer improbability of them getting rescued. And then after watching a program on Judo (hence the Japanese guy in pyjamas) in which th he was informed that the way to defeat an attacker was to use his weight and momentum against him, D.A. realised that that was the way out. He used the improbability of them getting rescued to rescue them, created the infinite improbability drive and as a consequence the Heart Of Gold.
Here's one for you. We already mentioned the bowl of Petunias, aka Agrajag, but do you know the origins of the "innocent sperm whale"?