March 8, 1978

On March 8, 1978, A Vogon battle cruiser was travelling through the solar system when it picked up the first-ever radio broadcast of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Douglas Adams’s show was transmitted on BBC Radio 4. The captain of the Vogon battle cruiser mistakenly thought that the Earth had detected them and was attacking them with poetry and prose. It so revolted them that the Vogons decided to put their obsolete hyperspace bypass out beyond Pluto instead of directly in Earth’s orbit. Not only was Douglas Adams a great and funny writer, but he saved the inhabitants of Earth from being blown up to make an off ramp for an intergalactic highway project. 42 and thanks for the fish.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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